Training Opportunities

Our staff provides a wide range of professional training and other educational opportunities for interested groups on child sexual abuse recognition and prevention, mandated reporting, and Pat’s Place program services. If you work for a school, daycare, after-school program, church, or any organization serving children, let us help you train your staff and volunteers.

Topics are varied and may include the following:

  • CAC 101 – overview of the child advocacy center model and specific services provided by Pat’s Place.
  • Child Abuse: Prevention, Recognition and Response – overview of child maltreatment, including identification, responding and reporting, as well as strategies for prevention.
  • MBF Child Safety Matters® a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention education program for elementary school students in grades K-5. The program teaches students and adults how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect), bullying, cyberbullying, and digital dangers. The program requires minimal classroom time, it is age and developmentally appropriate, and it is easy to present with turnkey, scripted lessons. Pat’s Place covers the cost of the program for participating schools.
  • Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® (SOC) – nationally recognized, evidence informed training proven to increase knowledge of child sexual abuse and change child protective behaviors using 5 simple steps. Continuing education contact hours available for social workers, child care providers, and nurses. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) contact hours may also be offered.
  • Supplemental Modules by Darkness to Light – more in-depth information in four topic areas covered by Stewards of Children.
    – Talking with Children about Safety from Sexual Abuse
    – Healthy Touch for Children and Youth
    – Bystanders Protecting Children from Boundary Violations and Sexual Abuse
    – Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Human Trafficking overview of human trafficking in its various forms and includes information about statistics, common myths, risk factors, red flags, reporting, and how to be a part of the solution.

For more information, or to discuss other potential training opportunities, contact Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center at 704-335-2760.

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