Who are we?

How the conference began:

In the late 80s and early 90s, Woodfin Gregg began attending out-of-town, continuing education events focused on the prevention of child abuse. He noticed that no one else from his area was in attendance and started thinking about having a training back home in Hamilton. After he attended an excellent training about a treatment program for sex offenders, he asked the trainer, Dr. John Lancaster, if he and his group would come to Hamilton to do this training. Dr. Lancaster’s Breaking The Cycle of Abuse seminar was intended to a be a one-time event but the community response was so positive that another conference was planned for the next year and became an annual event. It is the only locally-organized, multi-disciplinary annual conference on child abuse prevention in the entire state of Alabama.



Purpose:

To prevent child abuse and neglect by offering quality training, at low cost, for both professionals and laypersons, suitable to their level of experience and interest. No one will be turned away for lack of money to pay the fee.



Foundational Belief:

There is no they in the effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. We will only stop child abuse when a critical number of members of each community have accepted their individual responsibility for doing their part to stop child abuse. It is not enough to simply be opposed to child abuse. Each person opposed to child abuse has a role in stopping child abuse. To equip such persons with the necessary knowledge and skills, BTCOA provides an annual 6-hour conference as well as auxiliary training events.



Communities of Faith:

Communities of faith represent one of the non-governmental groups with the greatest potential to prevent child abuse. Each year, the conference publicity campaign has reached out to local churches with an invitation to send one or persons involved in ministries to children, youth, and families. Each conference has included resources and training to assist communities of faith in providing ministries that strengthen families and thereby prevent child abuse.



Auxiliary Events:

Internet Safety Training (lecture/PowerPoint) was provided at the 2009 Marion County Schools Fall In-Service


Internet Safety Training (hands-on, computer lab) was provided, April 5, 2012, for the Marion County Schools principals and guidance counselors. (One principal said this was the best in-service training he had ever attended.)


Six hours of Ethics Training for service professionals was provided in two parts, October, 2010, and April, 2011, to meet licensure requirements. This training was again provided October 5, 2012, and April 5, 2013.



Recognitions:

The National Childrens Advocacy Center awarded Woodfin Gregg (as coordinator of the conference) with the 2012 Outstanding Service Award in the Prevention category in recognition of his work on this conference.