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For The 25th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference! 

Date:    Thursday, April 26, 2018

Location: University Of North Florida 

Theme: To Be Announced Soon!

THANK YOU For Making The 24th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference A Success! 

Held Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., the 24th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference was hosted by the Exchange Club Family Center of Northeast Florida. There were more than 200 people in attendance.

The topic, Healthy Minds, Healthy Families – Mental Health and Child Abuse Prevention, focused on the connection between Mental Health Issues and Child Abuse. Our Keynote Speaker was Denise Marzullo, MBA, LMHC, President & CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida and our Honorary Chair was Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.  Attendees of the conference earned CEU's.

Honoring Those Who Help At Risk
Children Of Northeast Florida

A Special Congratulations to our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Chandara Arvingar of Florida Department of Children & Families and Terri Foreman of Operation New Hope. Congratulations to our five Award of Excellence winners, Carlos Cruz (Family Support Services), Christine Cooler (Daniel Kids), Alexis James (Jewish Family and Community Services), Eileen McGrath (Florida Department of Children & Families) , and Ronnie Cage (Operation New Hope).

Information On Our 2017 Keynote Speaker:


Denise Marzullo, LMHC, MBA

Denise is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over eighteen years of experience working in nonprofit mental health organizations in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor’s
Degree from Clemson University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Leo University and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Denise was named the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida in February 2010. She is also a professor with Barry University and serves on the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Advisory Council for the Board of County Commissioners.

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2017 Conference Schedule

8:30-10 a.m.

Infant Mental Health

Cecily Hardin, LCSW, 

Child Guidance Center

Co-presenter: Leslie Allen

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Trauma Informed and Self Care

Katrina Taylor, M.A. MHC

Director of School Behavioral Health

Duval County Public Schools

12:00-1:30 p.m.        Luncheon, Keynote Speaker & Awards  

Honorary Chair:  Sheriff Mike Williams, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office  

Keynote Speaker: Denise Marzullo, LMHC, MBA, Executive Director, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida

1:45-3:15 p.m.          Panel -Child Mental Health, The Welfare System & Legislation 

Moderator:  Jeanine Hoff, Founder, Where Is The Sunshine?       


James “Jim” Clark – President & CEO, Daniel 

Lee Kaywork - Chief Executive Officer, Family Support Services of North Florida  

Denise Marzullo,  LMHC, MBA – Executive Director, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida 

Patricia Medlock – Managing Director, Northeast Region, Florida Department of Children & Families 

Theresa Rulien, Ph.D. - President/Chief Executive Officer, Child Guidance Center