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Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse: Ten Tips Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse
Presented by Meghan Hurley, RBRC therapist for
sexual abuse survivors and their families. Meghan has identified 10 tips every parent should know to protect your
child from sexual abuse based on her work with survivors and extensive
training related to sexual abuse victimization. This presentation empowers parents by teaching specific skills to make their
child a “least likely” victim, and opens up communication between parents and
children on this difficult topic.
Internet and Social Media Safety
Presented by Lee Damuth, Investigator
at the 9th Judicial District DA’s office. Teaches parents of
children of all ages about the potential risks associated with online activity,
including inappropriate content, online privacy, sexting, online sexual
solicitation, and cyberbullying. Tips for preventing children from becoming
involved in these activities will be discussed as well as current technological
trends regarding children’s online behaviors.
Myths vs. Facts of Sexual Abuse – Jeopardy!
Discusses the secrecy around sexual abuse, the myths of victim blaming and false
reports of sexual abuse, and teaches basic statistics on sexual abuse, such as
offender characteristic and prevalence. Through education, this class
encourages victims to come forward, and gives tips on how to help a friend who
has been sexually abused.
Professionals who work with children
Myths vs. Facts: From Perception to Response
Addresses the secrecy around sexual abuse, the myths around victim blaming and
false reports of sexual abuse, and explores the impact on the victims and their
families. Discusses the disclosure process and mental health treatment
outcomes. Basic information about reporting child abuse is also covered.
Trauma-Informed Approach to Working with Children
1 to 2 hours
and non-profit staff will learn to incorporate a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive
approach into their work, including ways to recognize trauma in children,
specific strategies to best respond to trauma victims, and the prevention of
inadvertently re-traumatizing children. Often trauma victims are perceived to
be defiant, oppositional, and uncooperative. A trauma-informed practice
helps increase victims’ receptivity to and engagement in services, while
supporting academic achievement and higher retention rates for children and
staff. Given the high rates of children exposed to maltreatment and other
traumas, this class will benefit all who work with children and families.
Child Abuse and River Bridge 101
River Bridge professionals provide
information about child abuse statistics, some myths and facts, victim and
offender dynamics, the purpose and process of a Child Advocacy Center in
general, and River Bridge in particular. Basic information about reporting
child abuse is included. This presentation can be tailored to the specific
audience, from service clubs and community members to nonprofit staff, victim
advocates, and law enforcement.
Secondary Trauma and Taking Care of Yourself
1 to 1.5 hours
River Bridge mental health
professionals provide an interactive and participatory workshop on the causes,
signs and symptoms of secondary trauma, how to address and treat it, and steps
to take for prevention.
Mental health professionals
Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence
This American Psychological Association (APA) class is taught by Meghan
Hurley, an APA-certified trainer. The goal of this workshop is to increase the capacity and effectiveness
of mental health professionals providing services to children victimized by
violence. Mental health professionals will gain knowledge about
empirically supported trauma assessment tools and trauma-focused,
evidence-based treatment models for this population. Additionally, participants
will expand their knowledge regarding the impact of
violence on children and adolescents, cultural competency, family centered
approaches, clinicians’ self-care, and best practice treatment for
children and adolescents victimized by violence.
Education is the movement from Darkens to light.
~ Allan Bloom