*** Now approved for 11.0 CEU credits for NYS social workers! ***


The Bivona Child Abuse Summit is nationally recognized as the premier child abuse conference in the Northeast region. This cutting-edge multidisciplinary training is for social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health and medical professionals, school personnel, day care providers, the faith-based community and more. Workshops are being presented by national and international experts.

Save the dates! The 11th Annual Bivona Child Abuse Summit returns to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25, 2019.


We are thrilled to announce that Aly Raisman will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Summit! 

Aly Raisman, team captain of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the second most decorated American gymnast of all-time with six total Olympic medals. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only two U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams in more than 15 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.

A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to promote positive body image and encourages everyone to be comfortable and confident in their own skin. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, – Fierce – she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues her advocacy for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and efforts to help to eradicate sexual abuse in youth sports.


We are also excited to announce Dr. Brian R. Sims, M.D., will be our Plenary Speaker this year!

Brian R. Sims, M.D., is Senior Medical Advisor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He is also a Senior Consultant for the NASMHPD Center for Innovations in Trauma-Informed Approaches, where he provides lectures and trainings both nationally and internationally on the practice of Trauma–Informed Care and developing strategies for systems to become trauma responsive, as well as teaching on the Neurobiology and biopsychosocial impact  of Trauma. Most recently, he has been a lead consultant for Trauma Informed Care in the Faith-Based communities. Dr. Sims is a former staff psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services. Before joining Correctional Mental Health, he was the Senior Director for Behavioral and Mental Health for Conmed Health Care Management where he was initially responsible for the development of core developmental planning for the company’s correctional mental health provisions in 8 states. Prior to his work with Conmed, Dr. Sims served with the State Mental Health system for 25 years before retiring, as well as maintaining a private practice for 10 years. Dr. Sims has also served in the U.S. Army Reserves at Walter Reed with the 2290th, working with soldiers with PTSD.

Vending at the Summit

The 11th Annual Bivona Child Abuse Summit offers you direct contact with over 950 professionals. Exhibits are an exciting way for you to reach potential customers or clients. Your presence at the Summit positions you as a committed supporter in the fight to end child abuse and gives you a competitive advantage. Meeting prospects face to face is the fastest and most effective way to build relationships. Summit attendees consistently tell us how much they learn from and enjoy their time in the exhibit hall. To drive traffic to your booth refreshments during breaks are served in the exhibit hall each day. Vendor fees for the 2-day conference are: $100 for non-profit vendors, and $200 for for-profit vendors. Included in these costs are a vendor table for two people, a boxed lunch for those individuals and access to all of the professionals attending the Summit!

Interested in being a vendor at this year’s Summit? Contact us below for more information.

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For more information about the Bivona Child Abuse Summit, or to be added to our Summit mailing list, please complete the form below. If you require additional assistance, please contact 585-935-7504. 

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Wednesday & Thursday

April 24 - 25, 2019

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JAF Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Rochester, NY

Early Bird Rates
available through March 15

$160 (two-day rate)

$110 (one-day rate)

Regular Rates

$190 (two-day rate)

$130 (one-day rate)

Keynote Breakfast Rate

(includes access to the Keynote Breakfast and Welcome Ceremony)

Due to several conferences taking place during this time period, hotel rooms are at a premium. Please book your room EARLY to secure your spot and to get the best possible rates. 
Rochester Riverside Hotel 
 $110.00/night (Guaranteed Government Rate) 
 walking distance to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center 

Hilton Garden Inn 
walking distance to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center 

East Avenue Inn & Suites
starting at $89.00/night
(Promo code "BCACC" needed for rate options) 
Free shuttle service to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center 

Spaces are limited due to several conferences taking place. We encourage you to carpool and allow ample time to park. Each of the suggested parking garages charge a daily rate of $10: 

South Avenue Garage 
39 Stone St 
Mortimer Street Garage 
25 Clinton Ave North 
Washington Square Garage 
111 Woodbury Blvd 









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