About the Conference


The Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Virtual Conference is a five-day conference that offers access to national speakers and cutting-edge information in the field of child abuse prevention, intervention and best practices.


The conference features:

  • Four plenary sessions

  • 23 breakout sessions

  • Resource tables

  • Professional networking opportunities

  • CEUs and other continuing professional
    development credits

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2020 Conference:

The 26th Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Virtual Conference will be held November 16-20, 2020. This year’s conference theme is "Partners In Prevention... 30 Years of Nurturing Families". PCA Illinois believes that everyone has a role to play in preventing abuse and neglect. No one person or organization can accomplish this alone. We all have to come together to collaborate to make that better tomorrow happen.

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Who Should Attend:

Social workers, teachers, healthcare professionals, administrators, law enforcement and court personnel, mental health professionals, prevention workers, substance abuse counselors, parents, adoptive/foster parents, home visitors and community volunteers. Anyone who works closely with children and families will benefit from this conference.


2020 virtual conference registration is available for the reduced price of  $99. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. The registration fee covers conference materials, plenary sessions, and workshops. Requests for refunds made in writing prior to Oct. 23, 2020, will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given after Oct. 23, 2020.


The PCA Illinois Statewide Conference is proud to partner with the Early Intervention Training Program to offer continuing education credits for Early Intervention providers. To see which workshops qualify for E.I. credits click on the links above.

How will the conference work?

PCA Illinois is proud to partner with Northern Illinois University (NIU) to access their virtual learning platform “The Moodle”.  Yep, “Moodle” is a very strange word! After registering for the conference, attendees will receive a confirmation email with instructions for setting up a Moodle account. Each day of the conference attendees will login to the Moodle to attend live plenary and workshop sessions as well as gain access to recorded sessions and other activities.

This year’s virtual conference is a new adventure for us all.  It also offers an extended timeline, increased access to workshops, and the opportunity for more CEUs.  Advanced technical support will be available for registration and throughout the conference.


A limited number of DCFS prepaid PCA Illinois Conference registrations will be available for staff, foster caregivers and adoptive parents. DCFS staff who have supervisory approval to register for the PCA Illinois Conference should follow the instructions on how to register on the DNet. Please note that the DCFS Training Unit will award only DCFS clock hours for this conference.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists will be available for conference participants through Northern Illinois University. Educational Professional Development Hours, Early Intervention, and Gateways Registry-Verified Conference credit may also be available for eligible attendees.

All eligible participants will receive a certificate with CEUs awarded for attendance. The number of CEUs awarded will be based on the number of workshop and plenary sessions attended. Each plenary session is 1.5 Contact Hours. The Resilience Special Event documentary screening is 2.0 Contact Hours. And each regular workshop session is 1.0 Contact Hour. There is no charge for CEUs.

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To be awarded CEUs for the conference you must complete the conference registration form including any licensure, Gateway, EI or other certification number. There will be no exceptions. Some continuing education credits may be limited and require additional information and evaluations from participants.  Complete instructions will be available during registration.