Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Hosts Protecting Families Conference
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Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City will host a Protecting Families Fall Conference for healthcare providers and other professionals on Friday, October 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Sponsored by the Mercy Child Advocacy Center, the conference for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, educators and other interested professionals is designed to provide updated information about the physiological and psychological effects of exposure to conjugal violence on the brain of the developing child. In addition, types of memory and the reliability of memory in children and issues related to interviewing children who have experienced different types of trauma will be addressed.

Dr. Gregory K. Moffatt, a college professor, licensed counselor, author and public speaker, will discuss childhood exposure to conjugal violence and developmental considerations. He also plans to discuss the effects of childhood trauma, memory and interviewing traumatized children. Dr. Moffatt is the author of numerous books on aggression and violence and has published many articles and newspaper columns. Most notable in his publications is the development of a risk assessment checklist with established criteria for assessing the likelihood for violence in individuals as well as ways to prevent violence in the workplace.

Dr. Christopher F. Nollette, current President of the National Association of EMS Educators, will hold a discussion on emotional and social intelligence. Dr. Nollette is also the Director of five nationally accredited college EMS programs throughout the southwest United States and has over 30 years of service in emergency medical services.
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.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, VP of Marketing and Business Development
(712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682