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Child Safe Adult Workshops

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Dispelling Myths, Reducing Risks

Adults gain in-depth awareness and valuable prevention information about sexual abuse from our stimulating, interactive workshops. Topics include:

  • Statistics regarding incidence and prevalence of abuse
  • Effects of abuse of child, family, and community functioning
  • Victim and offender characteristics
  • Description of types of offenders and the “grooming” process
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Healthy versus unhealthy child sexual development
  • Strategies for reducing the risk of abuse
  • Tips for being an “askable” adult
  • Guidelines for responding to disclosures in ways that promote trust and healing

Trauma-Sensitive Environments: Creating Change

This workshop focuses on assisting participants in understanding the impact of trauma on the whole child and the child’s ability to be successful in the home, school, and community.  We engage the participants in activities to broaden their understanding of trauma and strategies to consider in creating climates that are more trauma-sensitive. The workshop covers:

  • Symptoms of trauma
  • Reactions to trauma
  • How trauma affects the brain
  • Resilience
  • Suggestions about how to be sensitive to all children through modeling, demonstrating understanding, safety precautions, instruction, and climate modifications.

Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Because many children arrive at school every day unprepared to learn due to the direct or indirect effects of crimes including abuse and other types of trauma, this workshop focuses on assisting educators in understanding the impact of trauma on the whole child and the child's ability to be successful in the school and community. We also provide participants with strategies to consider in creating classrooms that are more trauma-sensitive. A resource book assists them in increasing student participation and improving classroom management, while promoting trust and healing for victims of trauma.

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Child Safe and St. Vincent's Center are Programs of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore
2600 Pot Spring Road Timonium, MD 21093 * 410-252-4000 ext. 1602 * childsafe@catholiccharities-md.org