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Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse: Ten Tips Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse
2 hours

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
1.5 hours

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!
2 hours

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
2 hours

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.

Building a Trauma-Informed Approach to Working with Children
1 to 2 hours

School 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
1.5 hours

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 
7 hours

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

Bridget Derkash,
Mar 10, 2017, 9:47 AM