Deanne Tilton

Deanne Tilton is Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN).  ICAN is one of the largest county based child abuse councils in the Country. She also developed ICAN Associates, a private non-profit charity comprised of corporate and media representatives.  This partnership promotes the development and networking of comprehensive multi-disciplinary and community-based child abuse programs.  She served as a Child Welfare Worker, a Juvenile Court Liaison Supervisor, a Supervising Children's Services Worker, and a Regional Services Administrator before being selected to administer ICAN. In 1996, ICAN was designated the National Center on Child Fatality Review.

Ms. Tilton served from 1984-1990 as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA).  She also served as a Commissioner on the California Attorney General's Commission on the Enforcement of Child Abuse Laws.  From June 1, 1985 to May 31, 1986,       Ms. Tilton served as a Federal Commissioner on the U.S. Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, Chairing the Committee on Child Pornography.

In January, 1987 she was appointed by the Governor to the California Child Victim Witness Judicial Advisory Committee. 

In 1989, she was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect.  In 1993, she was elected Chairperson of the Advisory Board. She previously served as a member of the California Children’s Justice Act Task Force and the California State Child Death Review Council.  She currently serves as a Commissioner on the First 5 LA Commission.

Most recently in October 2011, Ms. Tilton became a member of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.  


Michelle Guymon

Michelle Guymon is currently the Director of Placement Administrative Services with Los Angeles County Probation Department.  Ms. Guymon graduated from California State University, San Bernardino where she received her Masters Degree in Social Work.  Various positions and/or assignments throughout Ms. Guymon’s tenure include Deputy Probation Officer Treatment & Counselor at Dorothy Kirby Center, Mental Health Consultant for Probation, Director of Camp Kenyon Scudder, an all-female probation camp, which serves about 300 girls a year.  Ms. Guymon is a frequent presenter and trainer regarding child abuse issues and strategies for working with youth in the Probation system.  She is an advocate for children at risk and is currently a member of the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Committee, as well as a Probation Department representative with the Innocence Lost LA Task Force.  Ms. Guymon has been designated as the Project Manager for the newly created Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking program within the Los Angeles County Probation Department as well as the Co-Chair for the Los Angeles County-wide Task Force.  


Barbara Mescher, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC, ATCS

Barbara Mescher has been licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1991. She has been a Registered Art Therapist since 1989, and is also a Board Certified Art Therapist.  She is a past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association and the recipient of their Honorary Lifetime Membership. Ms. Mescher also serves on the National Board of Directors for The Art Therapy Credentialing Board and is an Art Therapy Credentialed Supervisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and received her BA in psychology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Barbara supervises first and second-year students who attend Loyola Marymount University, and is on the faculty. She is the Assistant Clinical Director at the Help Group Child and Family Center in Culver City, CA, and supervises MFT Intern and ASW Associates working toward state licensure as well as licensed clinicians. 

Barbara’s professional experience includes work as an art therapist on the psychiatric units of full-service hospitals with adults, patients suffering from eating disorders, as well as children and adolescents.  She has worked with domestic violence survivors at battered women’s shelters and has worked with adolescents in residential treatment and at a drop-in shelter in Hollywood. Barbara has also been in private practice.

Janet Lazar

Janet Lazar received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis.  As an undergraduate, Janet spent a year in Israel, took part in two archaeological excavations in Israel, visited excavation sites in Jordan and worked with Ethiopian immigrants in Haifa.  After graduation, Janet worked in Israel as a teacher in Jerusalem.  Janet returned to the United States to study psychology and art therapy and received her MA in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with a major in art therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy.  While in graduate school, Janet trained at Jewish Family Service and Lakeview Middle School.  Janet also worked as a professional artist until 2008 and has exhibited in Los Angeles, Columbia and St. Louis, Missouri, and Jerusalem.   Janet has worked as a therapist in The Help Group's Outpatient Services department since 2009 and currently serves as the training coordinator for Outpatient Services in Van Nuys.



"The History of the Response to Child Abuse, Risk Factors and Emerging Issues" 

  Deanne Tilton  

  • Participants will be able to define CAPTA and identify its significance in the history of child abuse prevention. 
  • Participants will be able to identify 3 or more risk factors for child abuse and neglect. 
  • Participants will able to identify and briefly explain 2 types of child abuse that have emerged in the last decade.


"Mental Health Care and Treatment of Victims of Child Abduction"

  Michelle Guymon 

  • Participants will be able to describe 3 major vulnerability factors in CSEC youth
  • Participants will be able to identify 5 risk factors of sex-trafficked youth
  • Participants will be able to describe 3 pathways to entry of sex-trafficked youth

"Using Trauma-Based Art Therapy with At-Risk Children:  Let them draw what they cannot say”    

  Barbara Mescher and Janet Lazar  

  • Participant will be familiarized with the basic tenets of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment.
  • Participants will recognize how art therapy allows clients to identify emotions and create an emotional vocabulary through graphic expression.
  • Participants will have an in- vivo experience of how art can elicit feelings/ emotions and how the addition of verbalization and words synthesizes the intervention.
  • Participants will become familiar with a TFCBT trauma narrative utilizing art therapy to visually process the trauma/ abuse.