Evidence-Based Trainings

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Becoming a More Resilient Parent: Adverse Childhood Experiences

This 2 hour training explores the concept of resilience, presenting it as the ability to bounce forward rather than just bounce back. Designed for parents and caregivers of children of all ages, the session examines how parents model resilience, showing that even small actions can significantly impact children and communities. We’ll discuss our responses to stress, the effects stress can have, and methods to promote positive childhood experiences and resilience through connection.

Duration: 2 hours

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Circles of Safety

This training video is designed for caregivers of children, focusing on promoting healthy sexual development as a way to prevent child sexual abuse. It begins with an overview of child sexual abuse, introduces prevention concepts, and discusses tasks to support healthy sexuality and assess age-appropriate behaviors in children. The training teaches caregivers how to interpret behaviors using context, recognize early warning signs, and respond appropriately. It also covers safety planning, consent, and healthy touch, aiming to increase caregivers’ knowledge, confidence, and comfort to enhance children’s sexual safety, and use safety rules effectively.

Duration: 2.5 hours

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Connect to Protect Kids (COMING SOON!)

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention:

Connect to Protect Kids is a unique and innovative strategy designed to protect children and youth from sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, as well as online, peer, and other types of interpersonal violence. This new prevention education program, based on the latest research and updated prevention best practices, is a collaborative project of six founding partners representing four separate, but equally committed organizations - leaders in abuse prevention and research. Connect to Protect Kids will educate and empower all children, youth, and adults in communities across the U.S. with consistent messaging using a combination of traditional training and online learning opportunities

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Community Resiliency Model Training (CRM)®

The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® trains community members to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based, stabilization program is to reset the natural balance of the nervous system.

CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.

This training is ideal for community members, particularly those who have experienced trauma or have a strong interest in trauma and resilience, such as therapists, crisis counselors, and community leaders. It is also beneficial for individuals who work with vulnerable populations. CRM can be taught to individuals as young as 4 and up to 100 years old, making it a versatile and inclusive approach to building resilience across all ages.

Duration: 1.5 hours

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Connections Matter

The connections we have to others are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains and help us learn, work, and parent better. When we experience tough times, relationships help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier stronger community.

Connections Matter is a training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma, and understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma.

This training is tailored for community members and organizations, including parents and caregivers, teachers, healthcare professionals, social workers, and those who work with individuals who have experienced trauma, including both children and adults.

Duration: 4 hours

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Human Trafficking: Preventing the Sexual Exploitation of Children

This 2 hour training, developed in partnership between the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and the Child Advocacy Centers of Georgia, will equip you with knowledge on various crucial topics. You will learn about human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), as well as the community resources available to victims. The training also covers trauma, abuse, and victimization of children, highlighting the warning signs that trafficking victims may display. Additionally, it addresses vulnerabilities and red flags to be aware of and provides guidance on what you can do to help keep children safe.

Duration: 2 hours

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Mandated Reporter

This valuable online training is available with easy access at your convenience. Training includes courses that provide instruction on better recognizing the indicators of abuse and neglect, understanding your legal obligations and critical role in responsible reporting, and identifying the groups of children that may be at a higher risk of being abused or neglected.

You’ll be able to print a certificate and access code as soon as you complete the course and test, and IACET CEUs will be included on each certificate at no charge.

Duration: 2 hours

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Stewards of Children

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is an adult-focused training that teaches how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.

Child sexual abuse happens as a result of the choices adults make--not just the choices child abusers make, but the choices parents, schools, churches, and youth-serving organizations make. In many cases, prevention is a matter of making better choices for our children. We will explore what those better choices are, how to recognize the signs of abuse, and what to do if a child makes a disclosure.

Stewards of Children is offered by a trained facilitator and uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children.

Limited offer while supplies last.
Duration: 2.5 hours

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QPR for Suicide

People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help. These 3 simple steps can save a life from suicide. Saying “yes” to this training truly could save a life.

Duration: 2 hours

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Triple P Positive Parenting

This 2 hour training reframes resilience as the ability to bounce forward instead of just bouncing back from challenges. It is designed for parents and caregivers of children of all ages, highlighting how parents often exemplify resilience to their children. The training emphasizes that our actions, no matter how small, can profoundly affect our children and communities. We will discuss our responses to stress, the effects stress can have, ways to foster positive childhood experiences, and how to build resilience through connection.

Duration: 2 hours

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Youth Mental Health
First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (ages 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches how to help youth who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Duration: 8.5 hours
There are 2 hours of pre-work to be completed before the 6.5-hour instructor-led session.