What: Three national satellite video conferences on child sexual abuse.

When: Jan. 12, 19 and 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: The Technical Education Building on the Tupelo campus of Itawamba Community College.

Cost: $48 for one session, or $120 for all three.

For more info: Call the Mantachie Clinic and Family Center at (601) 282-4226 or (601) 844-7898.

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

MANTACHIE - Clinical and educational professionals will be able to gain additional training in child sexual abuse issues through a series of video conferences on the Itawamba Community College Tupelo Campus.

The first of three seminars will be Friday in ICC's Technical Education Building in the Lecture Demonstration Room. Dr. Linda Chidester of the Mantachie Clinic and Family Center said this is the second video conference to be sponsored by the National Children's Advocacy Center and the clinic.

Last year, video conferences were free and drew 25 to 30 attendees a day. Attendees' fees last year were covered through a grant. But this year there will be a charge of $48 a conference or $120 for all three, Chidester said.

The seminars are geared toward Department of Human Services personnel, law enforcement officials, teachers, psychologists and anyone else who deals with children.

The conferences include: "Assessment and Treatment of Sexually Reactive Children," presented by Eliana Gil, on Jan. 12; "Effective Treatment for Adolescent Sexual Offenders," presented by Rob Freeman-Longo, on Jan. 19; and, "Working Constructively with Non-Offending Parents of Child Sexual Abuse Victims," presented by John Alderson, on Jan. 26.

The three-hour conferences will include up-to-date information from leading experts, learning activities, handouts and opportunities for group discussions to reinforce learning and promote networking.

Local monitors experienced in crisis intervention and child abuse issues will be on hand to guide participants in activities designed to reinforce learning and stimulate discussion.

Those monitors will be Chidester, Mary S. French, Brandon R. Olive and Debra Bradley.

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