Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Sep 10, 2013

Lessons from Penn State:

How Youth Serving Organizations Can Prevent Staff-on-Child Sexual Abuse

The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers

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DATE:  Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TIME:  9:30 - Noon

TRAINER:  Joan Tabachnick, DSM Consulting and nationally recognized expert in sexual abuse prevention

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The Penn State tragedy has propelled many organizations to start thinking about what they need to do to protect the children and teens in their care.

Adults that sexually abuse or are prone to violate boundaries are drawn to work in youth-serving organizations. At the same time, youth-serving organizations serve our most vulnerable youth that are desperately hungry for adult attention and often do not fully understand appropriate boundaries. The risks inherent in these circumstances make it critical for organizations to think proactively and creatively about system-wide prevention of sexual abuse.

The often misguided solution to an increased awareness about risk is to focus uniquely on reporting protocols, create “no touch” policies, or restrict activities and take away mentoring or adventure opportunities. But a much better solution for children and youth is to develop a comprehensive strategy that reduces the risk while at the same time seeking opportunities to increase the resiliency of children and the safety of the environment in which we all work.

Using materials developed for the “Enough Abuse Campaign,” this workshop offers the resources and information needed to begin this safety process. Workshop attendees will learn the basics of what every youth-serving organization should put into place and, by doing so, strengthen their organization’s capacity to protect children from sexual abuse.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  This training is open to professionals in youth-serving organizations where adults have direct contact with the youth served. This includes organizations in mental health, education, mentoring, recreation and athletics, faith and religion, the arts, and medical settings.

This training will be relevant for professionals in all disciplines and roles. Agency administrators, human resources staff, quality assurance personnel, and others are encouraged to attend.

MORE INFORMATION: Click here for brochure and registration materials

Location: Klingberg Family Center, New Britain Campus, 370 Linwood Street, New Britain, CT 06052
This event is 8 miles from you (06106).

8 AM - 5 PM

Contact: Marci Marciniec
Email: marcim@klingberg.com
Phone: 860-832-5554
URL:http://www.klingberg.org
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