We've all seen the disgusting headlines: a child pornography bust. A teen sexually abused and assaulted. Teachers having sex with their students.

Campus of Monmouth University
Campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ (Townsquare Media)

A special conference set for tomorrow at Monmouth University will address the epidemic and hopefully find ways to put a stop to it, once and for all.

The School of Social Work is teaming up with the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Group at the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office for the informative session, which will cover the issue of children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior.

The name of the conference is "Don't Shoot: We're Your Children" A Multidisciplinary Response to Children and Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behavior."

The conference will be presented by world renowned child abuse expert, Barbara L. Bonner, PhD. Dr. Bonner will present her research in understanding the dynamics and best practices for professionals involved in identification, investigation, treatment, case management, and disposition.

Six Clinical Social Work CEU's, free parking, coffee and tea service, and full lunch will be provided.

Barbara L. Bonner, PhD, is a Clinical Child Psychologist and Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of abused children, treatment outcome and program effectiveness, prevention of child fatalities, and treatment of children and adolescents with inappropriate or illegal sexual behavior. Dr. Bonner is Past-President of the Board of Councilors of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Past President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She has presented her research throughout the US and internationally.

The event takes place tomorrow in Wilson Hall Auditorium on the West Long Branch Campus - Thursday, October 31 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It's free and open to the public, registration is required as space is limited.

Register to Lorraine Arbuckle at (732) 571-3543 or larbuckl@monmouth.edu

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