PERSONAL SAFETY INFORMATION FOR SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF​


COPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S TRAUMA/COMPASSION FATIGUE and RESILIENCE


CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: UNDERSTANDING THE EXPERIENCE FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE CHILD VICTIM


​FOCUSING ON LGBTQQ YOUTH​​

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Presented by: ELDA M. DAWBER, LICSW

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Elda M. Dawber LICSW

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: UNDERSTANDING THE EXPERIENCE FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE CHILD VICTIM
This 3, 6, 9, or 12-hour curriculum covers information essential to interacting with child abuse victims. Social caseworkers, therapists, police, child care workers, medical, educational and legal personnel learn abuse dynamics, the psychology of offenders, behavioral and emotional impacts upon victims, treatments of choice, signs and symptoms, and reporting law requirements.

SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
This 3-hour workshop focuses on the sexual development of children in specific age groups. Normal sexual behavior is distinguished from problematic sexual behavior for each age group, and the disruption of normal psychosexual development when sexual abuse occurs is highlighted. Appropriate interventions in problematic sexual behavior are discussed and practiced. Information is particularly helpful for social workers, school personnel, and youth care workers.

DATE RAPE, ACQUAINTANCE RAPE AND RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE OF ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS
This 3-hour workshop covers the range of sexual aggression from sexual harassment through date rape, and examines the confusions experienced by adolescents as they negotiate the world of sexual relationship building. Guidelines specific to situations that can lead to sexual assault for women, and to charges of sexual assault for young men, are reviewed. Especially helpful for school personnel, social workers and youth group leaders.

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT -- AN OVERVIEW
This 3-hour program reviews all forms of child abuse and neglect: physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Definitions are given, physical and behavioral indicators are described, and caretaker characteristics are reviewed. This program is for social workers, therapists, educators and others working closely with children and families who need to be aware of and alert for reportable indicators of abuse.

PERSONAL SAFETY INFORMATION FOR SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF
Agency personnel working alone or with others inside or outside the office may find themselves in situations that increase their fear and place them or others at risk of some sort of victimization - from theft to assault. Keeping oneself alert and aware at all times while fulfilling necessary job responsibilities requires education and practice. This workshop will explore precautions professionals can use to help reduce the risk of being victimized, and will review suggestions for dealing with inappropriate behavior by clients and others.

CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic Violence between adults puts children at serious risk of both physical and emotional harm. This workshop explores the devastating effects of domestic violence from the point of view of children who witness and experience the chaos, confusion and fear generated by these situations. Behavioral and emotional dynamics will be reviewed and the short and long-term impacts upon children will be discussed. The workshop will also explore appropriate interventions.

STARTING FROM SCRATCH: Helping Workers Help Families Re-establish Boundaries Following Sexual Abuse Disclosures
Sexual abuse within a family sends a strong message that boundaries have been broken. Non-offending adults in the family may be unable to re-establish or maintain appropriate boundaries without professional help - they may simply never have had the experience of having boundaries set or respected. This 3-hour workshop will aide the professional who works with the family to look at how boundaries have been violated, and what steps need to be taken to make the family a safe environment for sexually abused children.

COPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S TRAUMA/COMPASSION FATIGUE and RESILIENCE 
Secondary trauma is very real and often difficult to manage. Listening and responding to student and client histories of abuse on a daily basis has serious consequences for the caregiver. In this 3-hour workshop, we will review the phenomena and process of secondary trauma, as distinct from transference and counter-transference, and will cover indicators, coping strategies, and ways designed to assist professionals who often feel saturated and overwhelmed in their roles as helpers.

BULLYING AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE SCHOOLS
Recent research indicates that 80% of students experience sexual harassment in school, and that boys as well as girls are being victimized. In this 3- workshop we will help you look at the connections between teasing and bullying, distinguish between teen harassment and flirting, explore the range of behaviors that constitute harassment and review techniques for intervening in and confronting problematic behaviors. Behavioral means of protecting oneself from charges of sexual harassment will also be covered.

DISSING AND EXCLUDING: THE UNIQUE ASPECTS OF GIRL-ON-GIRL BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
The behaviors that constitute bullying and sexual harassment when girls target other girls differ in content and in impact from that of boys. This 3-hour presentation will call our attention to these all-too-frequent situations, and will review behaviors, emotional and social impacts, and strategies adults working with girls can take to focus on this problem.

PARENTING THE SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILD: INFORMATION FOR FOSTER AND PRE-ADOPTIVE PARENTS
This 2-hour workshop covers a range of necessary information for foster and pre-adoptive parents. It includes psycho-sexual development, normal and problematic sexual behaviors of children and adolescents, and steps parents can take to make their homes safer for these youngsters.

BOUNDARIES IN FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE HOMES: Creating Safe Space for Everyone
Boundaries are essential to healthy development. In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore some of the ways strong boundaries and clear limits (from confidentiality to safety-focused house rules) can help families create safe space - not just for the victimized children placed in care, but for all family members.

SEXUAL ABUSE AND NON-OFFENDING PARENTS - INITIAL AND LONG-TERM INTERVENTIONS 
Non-offending parents experience enormous external pressures and internal fears following the disclosure of child sexual abuse within their families. If these pressures are to be managed, so that parents can support the child victim, professionals must approach the situation with an attitude of understanding as well as firm guidance. We will explore what to expect from non-offending parents, and will review an intervention approach to help increase the parent's ability to respond appropriately and provide safety for the child.

WHEN THE VICTIM IS A CHILD: FACTORS RELATED TO TRAUMA
In this workshop, issues unique to the victimization of sexually abused children will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the factors present in the victimization experience that are associated with a trauma response in the child. Dynamics such as the victim's relationship with the offender, the response of those to whom the child discloses, the child's capacity to see him/herself as "innocent", and the length of time the child keeps the secret of abuse, will be discussed. These dynamics will be generalized to the wider population of children traumatized by other experiences as well.

FOCUSING ON LGBTQQ YOUTH
With an emphasis on learning LGBT- inclusive concepts and terminology, participants will explore best practices and develop skills to provide sensitive and culturally relevant services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth. Key to providing competent services to these populations is knowledge of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ youth as they negotiate within their own families, schools, faith communities, group and foster care, the child welfare and court systems, as well as society at large.

ACCESS DENIED: What Cyber Bullying is Doing to Our Kids
Internet technology has opened a new and still immeasurable world of creativity and opportunity for all of us. That some people use it to hurt others should not surprise us, but we must be prepared to recognize abuse when we encounter it, especially when it comes to protecting children. In this workshop we will review the ways children have and can be hurt by internet use, what the consequences of internet misuse can be, how to recognize signs a child is in distress, and how to respond to and report the problem.

ANTIDOTE TO BULLYING? Strengthening Girls Capacity to Make and Keep Friends
Responding to the needs of girls who target other girls for bullying by way of social ostracism, dissing, gossip, and even physical violence has become a serious concern to school systems, clinicians, and organizations providing programming for girls. The impacts on victims, both social and emotional, can be severe. Many of these girls lack the social skills required to negotiate friendships without being hurt or hurting someone else, especially when conflicts occur. What if it were possible to teach girls how to anticipate and deal with friendship issues in ways that could prevent bullying? In this workshop we will explore the nature of girls' friendships and some of the ways that intervening adults can utilize to help all girls be a good friend, stand up for themselves, and scrutinize a given situation, screening for when it's time to compromise or break from the relationship.

BOUNDARIES IN AGENCY PRACTICE
Strong boundaries are essential in both our personal and professional lives. When boundaries are broken, there can be negative consequences that impact us professionally, and perhaps personally as well. Boundaries with clients can be violated as easily as sending a fax with the wrong phone number. In this workshop we will explore some of the ways agency personnel could breach boundaries with clients and how both individuals and agencies can work to protect themselves.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE TRAUMA AND TREATMENT
In this workshop, issues unique to the victimization of sexually abused children will be discussed, with emphasis placed on factors present in the abuse experience that are associated with a trauma response in the child. Treatment issues and long-term impacts will be reviewed.

MENTORING THE BULLY AND THE BULLIED
Current research suggests that 80% of youngsters experience and/or witness bullying in school on a daily basis. Some victims of bullies have been bullies themselves. In this workshop, we will explore the dynamics of bullying, the effects on victims, and the ways caring adults can provide guidance and support to both groups. Strategies to reduce bully behavior and strategies to make victims less vulnerable to bullying will also be discussed.

SUPPORTING THE FAMILY AFFECTED BY SIBLING INCEST
When one child violates another child in the same family in a sexual way, the issues raised, from safety to treatment, are both unique and complicated. In this workshop, we will explore the various ways each of the family members is affected, and how we can best provide supportive assistance. Topics to be covered include: divided loyalties, type and duration of abuse, factors that contributed to abuse happening, getting the family to understand what supervision really entails, keeping the needs of the child victim in focus, what happens when the offender is removed, and supporting treatment.

-Incredible amount of knowledge conveyed.

-Terrific sense of humor that didn't detract from seriousness of subject.
-PowerPoint resources identified Elda's style of sharing and the powerful information she has.
-Trainer has a very natural and effective capacity to convey the intended information
-The trainer presented training in a non-racist, non-sexist and non-judgmental manner.
-Examples were used such as working in socioeconomic areas, different ethnic groups.
-Discussed situations involving men and women staff.
-Having this information in any setting is extremely valuable whether as a parent, a teacher, or in my current position of dealing with teens in a workforce development setting.
-The content of information was very informative, practical for my practice. It was a lot of information. It was an excellent presentation.
Great training
-I have seen Elda present many times, I always learn something, however, most of all, she reminds me of why I am in the field!!!
Thank you.
-Learning what to say and how to speak to adolescents regarding sexuality. Applicable to my job.
-Fabulous presenter-dynamic genuine flexible info, helpful not only in clinical work but in parenting relationships etc.
-It was excellent! She's an excellent speaker, there was some humor. She took questions, effective PowerPoint, excellent video. It was all good, resources were great!
-Very captivating
-Went over material very thoroughly
-Best training I have attended all year
-Thank you!!!

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