Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Protecting Families Conference
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Mercy’s spring Protecting Families conference will offer two days of expert instruction to local professionals involved in the prevention of crimes against children.

“Criminal, Negligence, or Accident: Working Together Toward the Correct Conclusion in Child Death & Severe Trauma Cases” will be the topic on Thursday, April 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center. Presenters for the day will include: Michael Jung, M.D., Medical Director of Mercy-Sioux City Child Advocacy Center; Kenneth McCann, D.O. of Blank Regional Child Protection Center in Des Moines, IA; Michele Catellier, M.D., Associate Medical Examiner for the State of Iowa; Lisa Bender, LMSW, of the DHS; Bob Monserrate, a Criminalist with the Division of Criminal Investigations; Mitch Mortvedt, Special Agent in Charge at Division of Criminal Investigations; Lisa Claeys, Captain of the Sioux City Police Department; and John Jorgensen of Siouxland Paramedics Inc.

Roger Canaff, Fellow at the National District Attorney’s Association within the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, will be the featured speaker at Mercy’s Protecting Families Conference on Friday, April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Roger Canaff is a widely known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker, He is a practicing attorney, and has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children first as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia then as a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx, New York, and then as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York in their Sex Offender Management Unit. In June, 2009, he joined the U.S. Department of the Army as a Highly Qualified Expert training and advising Judge Advocate General (JAG) military prosecutors on sexual assault and other special victim’s cases.
Motivational speaker Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPSII, will also present at the Friday conference. Ms. Vadino will present “Laughing: Just for the Health of It”.

The Protecting Families conference is sponsored by the Mercy Child Advocacy Center for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, educators and other interested professionals. It is designed to provide the latest information about the recognition, treatment, prosecution and prevention of child abuse.

Continuing education credit will be awarded for healthcare professionals, those in the field of mental health services, and social workers.

For more information about the continuing education conference, visit Mercy’s Web site at, or call (712) 279-2507. Early registration is encouraged.