From Approach to Practice: Improving Outcomes for Children after Sexual Abuse

I recently blogged about the sweet and simple 3 guiding principles in the Bringing Hope CSA course. Today, I want to tell you about the uniquely tailored experience that victim service professionals can get from the second new course From Approach to Practice.

The whole idea behind this course is that if you make tiny changes to hone your practice, you will improve your case outcomes. By using super simple practices like speaking to a child on their level or introducing yourself using a first name you can totally change the atmosphere for children and families who come into contact with these new systems.

Beyond the basics, you can pick your path through the course to learn some more refined skills and practices. Law enforcement officers will get tips for conducting interviews with children. Prosecutors will learn about trial tactics for CSA cases. Medical professionals will explore ways to talk to children about their bodies in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

The most exciting parts for me are the two unique paths for counseling advocates and hotline advocates. Counseling advocates will learn about trauma-informed strategies for counseling children and adolescents. Hotline advocates will learn practical skills and participate in a role play that addresses mandated reporting and tips for reassuring a parent over the phone.

In addition to the role-specific skills, you’ll also learn some tips for collaborating with other victim service professionals. A system that works together is a system that works for children and their families. You can get all of this great information in a really short amount of time. Most people can complete the whole course in 15-20 minutes. Not too shabby of an idea for filling the short stretch between appointments or cases.

This is my fourth blog post in a series on the intersections of feminism, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.



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