Learn from experts in the fields of child abuse and animal maltreatment

as we explore the dangerous co-occurrence of child and animal maltreatment.


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This webinar will offer 2 hours of CEUs and MPOETC CLEE credits.

2 credit hours of continuing education are provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center; a Pennsylvania Pre-approved provider of social work continuing education.

These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT renewal.


Valerie Pritchett, co-anchor ABC27 News, will moderate a panel that includes:

  • Assistant District Attorney Lauren Marvel, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
  • Dr. Maria McColgan, M.D., MSEd, FAAP, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Director at The CARES Institute & Cooper University Health Care
  • Melinda Merck, D.V.M., Veterinary Forensics Consulting, LLC
  • Cathleen Palm, Center for Children’s Justice
  • Corporal Michael J. Spada, Pennsylvania State Police
  • Nikki Thompson, Chief Humane Society Police Officer for Bucks County
  • Virginia Trea, Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency
  • Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director of the Humane Society


This webinar is ideal for professionals working in the fields of:

  • Animal Protection
  • Child Welfare and Protection
  • Healthcare
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health
  • Legal
  • Victim Services

This webinar is being co-sponsored by the following organizations:

  • Center for Children’s Justice
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County
  • Network of Victim Assistance of Bucks County
  • Pennsylvania Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers/MDITs
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania