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The Training Institute offers a variety of trainings designed to build capacity and support the professional development of social service agencies and staff in preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect. We also provide in-depth training on the implementation of our best practice models so that other agencies can replicate our research-informed and evidence-based programs.

All of our professional development opportunities can be now be accessed virtually!

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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse at Youth Serving Agencies

  • The NYSPCC’s Preventing Child Sexual Abuse at Youth Serving Agencies training is essential for any organization that works with children and young people. Our child sexual abuse prevention trainings are designed to give staff the tools, knowledge, and confidence they need to prevent, identify, and report abuse. Using lecture and group discussion, this interactive, 90-minute training equips participants with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and the children they work with. Participants learn about child sexual abuse myths, facts, and statistics, signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, and normal child sexual development and behavior. Participants are also given the tools to handle a disclosure of abuse, to teach prevention concepts to youth, and to effectively report suspected child abuse or neglect, as well as key policies to implement and safeguard their organizations.

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Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect for Mandated Reporters

  • Professionals who come into contact with children in the course of their everyday activities play a vital role in identifying and assisting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. As a result, New York State law requires these professionals (e.g. teachers, physicians, nurses, social workers, etc.) to take a course on identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect so that they are informed of the law and their responsibility. This two-hour training, approved by the New York State Department of Education, teaches mandated reporters how to identify signs of abuse and neglect and understand their legal obligations for reporting. Participants will learn how to evaluate situations to determine if there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse and maltreatment/neglect and, if so, the proper steps to report it. Through lecture, discussion, and practical application, participants will leave the workshop better prepared to handle child protection issues that arise. If working in New York State, participants have the option to receive a certification of completion recognized by the New York State Department of Education.

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Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • The Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) training educates clinicians and front-line workers about the symptoms and impact of secondary traumatic stress. Working with clients after the violence of child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, or other critical incidents requires tremendous intensity.  It can be very draining on staff and put them at risk for STS. The symptoms of STS can look similar to post-traumatic stress symptoms workers see in their clients and can negatively affect their personal and professional lives. This training helps participants learn how to recognize, respond to, and prevent STS. The training includes reflective activities, self-assessment tools, and interactive group exercises designed to engage participants and create an atmosphere of support and involvement. Participants will gain concrete skills to utilize immediately to prevent and offset secondary traumatic stress, and develop a stronger capacity for longer-term self-protection and self-care.

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Coping with Grief and Loss

  • During this unprecedented time, many individuals are experiencing a profound sense of grief in response to personal and community losses. The Coping with Grief and Loss training educates clinicians and front-line workers about grief and loss, including factors that complicate or prolong grief responses and examples of common grief responses across various ages and developmental stages. Grief responses can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate, particularly when there is ongoing uncertainty regarding what the future will bring. This training will include strategies and resources to support adults and children with coping with grief and loss.

Safe Touches Implementation and Facilitation Training©

  • Safe Touches © is an evidence-based, age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention program designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. The Safe Touches Implementation and Facilitation © Training offers agencies who wish to implement the evidence-based Safe Touches© program an in-depth training on all aspects of implementation and facilitation. Over two days, Training Institute staff will walk participants through implementation logistics, puppeteering, facilitation, and engagement. Participants will learn how to handle disclosures of abuse and the important nuances of facilitating sexual abuse prevention programming to young children. Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to discuss the importance of child sexual abuse awareness and prevention, use the Safe Touches© workshop script and other workshop materials to facilitate a Safe Touches© workshop, know how to address concerning statements and disclosures made during Safe Touches© workshops, and understand the key programmatic elements needed to implement and manage a Safe Touches© program.

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Restoring Resiliency Response Implementation and Facilitation Training©

  • The Restoring Resiliency Response (RRR) © protocol was developed to specifically support child protection staff and mitigate the impact of a critical incident and accelerate recovery through individual or group debriefing sessions held within 48 to 72 hours after an incident. The RRR Implementation and Facilitation Training© was designed to support agencies that want to adopt and implement the RRR Protocol. The multi-day training discusses programmatic elements necessary to implement and manage an RRR program, such as obtaining buy-in, outreach and promotion, scheduling and staffing, supervision and training, and monitoring and evaluation. Participants will learn about the impact of trauma, secondary traumatic stress, stress and burnout on those working in the field of child protection. The training will review and have participants practice implementing the steps of the RRR protocol, as well as learn effective group facilitation techniques and how to handle challenging situations that may arise. Participants will leave the training with the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate an RRR session and implement the RRR protocol at their agency.

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