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Circles of Safety: Children’s Sexual Behaviors

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CE Credits: 2 Credits
Length: 2 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: Sexual Offending
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
This training provides professional caregivers of young children with increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn key concepts for the prevention of sexual abuse, and recognize the importance of teaching and understanding healthy sexual behaviors in pre-pubescent children as a critical component of primary prevention. Through increased knowledge and skill building, participants will enhance their own comfort and confidence in addressing children’s safety, and communicate more calmly and effectively with children and adults regarding safety planning and responding to warning signs. The training format is tailored to adult learners and includes slides, activities and handouts. Participants are asked to complete a pre- and post-survey to support Stop It Now!’s practice of regular evaluation for the basis of establishing evidence-based practices. These surveys will be sent directly to Stop It Now! Staff.
Trainer Biography
With over 30 years of experience working in child welfare, Jenny Coleman began at Stop It Now! as the Helpline Director, and now as the Director of the program, she brings her warm and compassionate training and supervisory experience to oversee a national helpline focused on preventing child sexual abuse, develop and deliver Stop It Now!s signature Circles of Safety training, and develop prevention tools, as well as prevention awareness messages for the public media channels. She has trained colleges, early childhood care and development programs, and community mental health agencies from around the world in sexual abuse prevention.
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Describe the basic scope, definition, and key prevention actions of child sexual abuse
  • Identify age-appropriate sexual behaviors, risky behaviors, warning signs, and prevention actions within each age group of pre-pubescent children
  • Describe the role of children’s healthy sexual development in preventing child sexual abuse
  • Communicate more calmly and effectively with children and adults regarding sexual behaviors and responding to warning signs in children’s sexual behaviors

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. Th­e Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: June 1, 2015 – June 1, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. ­The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact services@gifrinc.com.
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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