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Training Workshops



Prevent Child Abuse Vermont offers a variety of FREE trainings (2-3 hour workshops) for educators, early care and education providers, parents, foster parents, and for those who work with families who are at high-risk. Our trainings are interactive and responsive to the needs of the participants, and include knowledge and skill-based training. Organizations can reach out directly to schedule these opportunities.

If you are an educator working in a school, you may be interested in the Care for Kids curriculum for children PK-2, the We Care Elementary program for grades 4-8, or the SAFE-T program for middle school communities.

As an early care and education provider, you will see that all of our trainings described in this section are applicable for early childcare settings.

Parents and foster parents may also access our trainings through their early care and education provider, school, DCF regional office, foster parent association, VFAFA, or other non-profit agency. Trainings may be modified to meet the needs of the participants. 

Social workers and mental health counselors may also book a training through their agency.

Anyone interested in more information can feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks to our funders: The Child Development Division of the Department for Children and Families, The Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families, ICAC and The Henderson Foundation.

To schedule one of the following free workshops, please contact Anne Ward at: 802-498-0618, or award@pcavt.org.

WCSA: What is Child Sexual Abuse? (2 hours)
Participants will: a) discuss child sexual abuse and the grooming process; b) determine how to respond to incidents of potential child sexual abuse. Through talking about child sexual abuse and how it happens, participants will develop skills to recognize abusive behaviors and signs of abuse, respond to concerning situations, and give healthy messages to children as part of prevention. This program is particularly for infant through after school teachers and care givers and those who support them. This training is in partial support of licensed centers meeting Vermont Act 1 requirements.

PREV: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (2 hours)
Participants will: a) discuss child sexual abuse prevention; b) identify knowledge and skills they could acquire to personally and/or professionally help prevent child sexual abuse. Effective child sexual abuse prevention reaches from the early development of social-emotional strength and healthy relationship skills, to adults learning methods to intervene before abuse takes place, to appropriate and effective response, to changing social norms and behaviors. Participants will receive an overview of what they can do to help make the world a safer place for children. This program is suitable for all child care providers and educators and the people who support them.

NHSD: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (3 hours)
Gain information and skills to develop and maintain open communication with children, identify and respond to normal as well as concerning sexual behaviors in children, answer children’s questions, and give children positive messages. Nurturing healthy sexual development plays an important role in protecting children from sexual abuse and/or developing sexually abusive behaviors. Participants will: a) summarize healthy sexual behaviors of children at different developmental stages; b) give examples of how to nurture healthy sexual development in children. This program is for teachers and care givers of children of all ages, with a particular emphasis on infants through after school.

OBP: Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse (3 hours)
Participants will: a) distinguish healthy behaviors from boundary violations and pre-offending behaviors; b) practice directly addressing concerning behaviors. Individuals and communities have a strong desire to prevent child sexual abuse. However, they often face barriers to protecting children, including having relationships with those exhibiting concerning behaviors. In this workshop participants will consider what adults can do to assist communities in overcoming these common barriers to protecting children. This program is for teachers and care givers of children of all ages, with a particular emphasis on infants through after school.

CFK: Care for Kids Curriculum (2 hours)
Participants will: a) identify age-appropriate healthy sexuality messages that they could use in their classrooms; b) predict what Care for Kids could look like in their classrooms. Care for Kids is a comprehensive community approach to fostering healthy sexual development in early childhood. This training orients you to child sexual abuse prevention, the messages and activities within the curriculum, and adult training options. This workshop is for preschool through second grade teachers and care givers, and those who support them.

Act 1: Commit to Kids Act 1 Training (3 hours)
This training is available to centers where directors are seeking support to present the sensitive topic of child sexual abuse to their staff using the Commit to Kids program. The training covers the basic education for staff required by Vermont Act 1 legislation. Participants will: a) discuss how to train their staff about child sexual abuse and the grooming process; b) determine how to teach their staff to respond to incidents of potential child sexual abuse. This program is for representatives from centers who wish to be equipped to provide their own in-house training to staff.*Directors seeking to have PCAVT train their staff directly are looking for What is Child Sexual Abuse (above).

PI: Plugged In: Digital Media, Pornography, and Children (2 hours)
Children now are growing up in a world saturated by media, internet access, and, frequently, pornography. This could be very different from the world their caregivers and teachers grew up in! As part of protecting children from harm, adults in this workshop will: a) summarize the potential positive and negative impacts of technology and media on children; b) analyze the potential impacts of pornography on healthy sexual development. Tools will be provided to help families, teachers, and caregivers consider their options when it comes to helping to protect children from harmful messaging. This program is particularly for infant through after school (children up to 12 years old) teachers and care givers, and those who support them.

The following workshops include curriculum developed and trainers trained by:
Kempe Center for Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect. Gail Ryan, MA; Director, Kempe Perpetration Prevention Program, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, with support from the Kempe Foundation.

USBC: Understanding the Sexual Behaviors of Children (2 hours)
This training is designed to promote adult understanding of the range sexual behaviors in children aged twelve and under, including behaviors that are developmentally expected, concerning, and abusive. It will explore issues of consent, equality, and coercion, and assist participants in evaluating whether or not behaviors are a problem and why. Participants will: a) summarize distinguish between normal, problematic, and abusive behaviors; b) practice evaluating the sexual behaviors of children. This program is particularly for infant through after school teachers and care givers, and those who support them.

RSBC: Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children (2 hours)
This training is designed to prepare adults to respond to the range of children’s sexual behaviors in order to intervene earlier in the development of concerning or sexually abusive patterns. Participants will: a) discuss the shared adult goals for preventing abuse; b) practice responding to the sexual behaviors of children. This program is particularly for infant through after school teachers and care givers, and those who support them, who have previously attended Understanding the Sexual Behaviors of Children.

IS: Informed Supervision of Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended (2 hours)
Participants who work with children and/or youth with sexually harmful behaviors will explore the cycle of abuse and learn strategies for intervention at different points in the cycle. A model for safety planning is introduced and practiced. Participants will: a) practice interrupting the abuse cycle; b) practice creating a safety plan. This program is particularly for teachers and care givers, and those who support them, who have previously attended Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children.