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Implementing a Family Strengthening Approach to Primary Prevention of Child Maltreatment

August 17, 2022

Families who experience stressors including housing instability, financial insecurity, or trauma, can become overloaded, leading to an increased level of need, child welfare involvement, and possible neglect. Innovative communities have been able to design high quality, evidence-informed, programs to reduce the sources of stress in families’ lives. The monthly ICFW webinar series Innovations in Prevention will explore some of those innovations in communities around Wisconsin.

The series will kick off Wednesday, August 17th, from 10:00am-11:00am, with Rebecca Mather from  the Wisconsin Child Abuse Prevention Board presenting on “Implementing a Family Strengthening Approach to Primary Prevention of Child Maltreatment”. This webinar will focus on the primary prevention of child maltreatment also referred to as the Family Strengthening approach. A family strengthening approach focuses on the dynamics and internal resources of the individual family as well as the community and social environment that surrounds it. The webinar describes how the Protective Factors Framework is conceptualized and integrated into primary prevention, highlighting specific projects to support and strengthen families.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Aug 17, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time
Topic: Implementing a Family Strengthening Approach to Primary Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Register in advance for this webinar:


Or an H.323/SIP room system:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)
Meeting ID: 973 4869 5480
Passcode: 634397
SIP: 97348695480@zoomcrc.com
Passcode: 634397

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Speakers

Rebecca Mather (Prevention Education Specialist @Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board)

Rebecca Mather serves as the Prevention Education Specialist at the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board where she is responsible for overseeing professional development activities. This includes identifying new programmatic initiatives and for dissemination of Protective Factors efforts throughout the state. Becky is a lead on the Prevention Boards Family Resource Center infrastructure grant project and manages the Protective Factors Training Initiative, where certified Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work curriculum trainers, in partnership with a Parent Co-Presenter, offer Protective Factors courses to family serving professionals within their region of the state.

Previously, Becky worked for the University of Wisconsin Extension supporting family living educators. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, is a Certified Family Life Specialist and has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families.

Gabriel McGaughey (Co-Director @Institute for Child and Family Well-Being)

Gabriel McGaughey, MSSW,  is the Director of Child Well-Being at Children’s Wisconsin and a founding Co-Director of the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW). In these roles Gabriel focuses on disseminating and translating research and other evidence into system changes in child welfare, mental health, and other systems.  Gabriel’s current work has focused on integrating evidence informed innovations into existing systems, supporting systems change to prevent family separation for reasons of neglect,  as well as using design approaches to collaboratively address the unmet needs of families.