Not Just Pictures: A Child & Family Focused View of Online Sexual Victimization (4 Ethics CEs)

Presenter: Sharon Cooper, MD
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 9 am - 1 pm | 4 Ethics CEs
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Lankenau Hospital
Auditorium-Main Hospital Entrance- Lobby A
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Conference Parking included, Garage B

This multimodal presentation will provide a compelling victim focused overview of various types of child sexual exploitation which have become more prevalent with the advent of widespread Internet access and sophisticated cell phone technology. Participants will gain an increased awareness of numerous victim-grooming practices, and learn to apply terms such as “morphing” to better define the exploitation of children. From the normalization of sexual harm as a societal problem to the role of Internet pornography and its addiction, participants will learn about the “perfect storm” for today’s youth, who may become compliant victims or may develop problematic sexual behaviors. Terms such as complex trauma and rational paranoia are emerging in the literature related to this increasingly prevalent form of child abuse; an important issue is the changing dynamics in families following a child’s exposure to explicit sexual images.  For professionals working in treatment, case management or investigation, a complete understanding of the impact of sexually abusive images, online enticement, aggravated sexting, intra-familial and/or domestic/international sex trafficking, sextortion, revenge porn, and sex tourism is essential. Moreover, online victimization is becoming more common in sexual assault cases, with children or college students often the victims. Information will also be provided about the risks of online victimization to LGBTQ youth who seek safe sex education and fulfilling relationships in the online world. The program will include a screening and discussion of Dr Cooper's documentary "Not Just Pictures". Discussion and recommendations for a path from discovery to recovery from child sexual exploitation will be a critical component of this presentation.


  • Participants will identify at least 5 types of sexual exploitation.
  • Participants will understand the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of sexual exploitation and victimization.
  • Participants will learn about complex trauma within the context of online and sex trafficking victimization.
  • Participants will recognize the extraordinary complexity that can result when online enticement happens to youth who are exploring their sexual orientation.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, PA a consulting firm in North Carolina which provides medical care, research, training and expert witness in cases involving crimes against persons.  She works closely with numerous national and international investigative agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Interpol, the National Judicial College, and the Department of Justice Victim Witness Assistance units.  Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the Armed Forces, retiring as a colonel. She has worked in both civilian and military arenas in the past several years. She holds faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  She provides training in the areas of child sexual exploitation to thousands of law enforcement officers and medical, judicial, psychological, social science and theological professionals. She has analyzed numerous images of child sexual abuse and has medically evaluated child and adult victims of abusive images, sex trafficking, cyber-enticement, sex tourism, familial trafficking, and torture.  For the past several years, Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant and board member for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she teaches about the victim aspects of Internet crimes against children and the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth.  She has provided international trainings in Jordan, Russia, France, Germany, Turkey and other countries. She is the lead author of the first comprehensive textbook on the medical, legal, and social science aspects of child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.  She has contributed numerous chapters to peer reviewed texts on child maltreatment and she is the co-author of a recent book, Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases (Carolina Academic Press).  She is executive producer of a documentary on the victim impact of online images, entitled Not Just Pictures (2015).

Registration Information:
You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online by logging in for PSCSW Members or using the registration form below for non members.  Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount.  All conference fees include an Ethics CE certificate.  If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for 4 Ethics CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 Ethics CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
For New Jersey Social Workers:  This program is approved for 4 Ethics CE credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).
For Delaware Social Workers:  Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation.  Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide Ethics CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9 AM until 1 PMTime will be strictly enforced.

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • October 22, 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm