On April 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), in commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in coordination with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will present a Web Forum discussion with Curtis Allen and Andrea Cardona on using therapy dogs to respond to child victims. Detective Allen of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office in Utah is a member of the county’s Children’s Justice Center (CJC) multidisciplinary team. For the past 3 years, he has also managed CJC’s Healing Paws Program, which provides canine companions to comfort children who are victims of abuse before, during, and after they participate in justice-related interviews. Healing Paws is a unique program that trains dogs to accompany children into interviews without their handlers present, and Detective Allen created the standards by which dogs are evaluated before they are accepted into the program. Ms. Cardona is a sexual assault counselor for children and teens, and the founder of FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer advocates and service dogs to assist child victims of sexual assault. Following her own sexual assault at age 17, Ms. Cardona found great comfort in the companionship of her dog, so she began taking her service dog with her when she accompanied victims to counseling sessions and trials. She discovered that the dog’s presence comforted the young people and eased their fears. Ms. Cardona’s methods have received national attention and have been replicated throughout the country with victims of all ages and of varying crimes.
TAALK will host a 24 hour internet radio show with guest speakers each hour covering a variety of topics related to child sexual abuse awareness, prevention and support. Hear 60+ speakers from around the world with the brightest minds and the biggest hearts. It's an event you won't want to miss!
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Learn from experts about the importance of child maltreatment prevention, how safe, stable and nurturing relationships can provide a buffer against violence, and what you can do to create safer, healthier lives for children:
• CDC Experts
CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of child maltreatment and prevent it before it begins.
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• Prevent Child Abuse America
Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) has worked to build awareness, provide education, and inspire hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent child abuse and neglect.
In a sea of toxic media messages, envisioning development of healthy attitudes about sex is no easy task. Join expert Dr. Sharon Lamb in Hardy Girls Healthy Women's next webinar to learn what we, as caring adults in girls' lives, can do to combat unhealthy messages!
Dr. Sharon Lamb has published widely in the fields of moral development, abuse and victimization, sexual development , psychotherapy with children and adolescents, the sexualization of girls, and media and marketing impact on the development of girls and boys. She served on the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, which found that sexualization in media leads to increased eating disorders, increased depression, and lower self-esteem among girls.
During this webinar, she'll explore alternatives to the narrow versions of sexuality sold to our youth by the media. How do we encourage girls' to use their voices, see themselves as subjects rather than objects, value their own pleasure, and grow at their own pace?
*Registration for this innovative event costs $49.99. Register by April 22nd and receive a $10.00 discount.
This webinar will review the historical view of juveniles who commit sex offenses as well as the current perspectives. This will include key research findings to include: characteristics of juveniles, differences between adults and juveniles, developmental considerations, treatment interventions and recidivism rates. In addition, the presenter will discuss preliminary typologies of juveniles who commit sex offenses, risk factors and the latest research on risk assessment.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Studies on the brain show that physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in childhood can cause permanent damage, reduce the size of parts of the brain, impact the way a child's brain copes with daily stress, and can result in enduring problems such as depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsiveness, delinquency, hyperactivity, and substance abuse.
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a day to join SAMHSA, communities, organizations, agencies, and individuals nationwide in raising awareness that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. This year, the national theme will focus on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.
The poems in this series are about finding oneself after sexual trauma, finding one’s power and voice. The first person a victim speaks to after a sexual assault occurs is called the “outcry witness”- that’s the second reason for the title. An outcry is what the author is literally trying to raise in written form. An outcry of anger, an outcry of disgust, an outcry of protest saying that we refuse to allow this kind of violence to take place anymore.
Every Friday night, beginning in April, we will be hosting a live Book Discussion of "Ravaged Relentlessly: Biblical Help for Those Overcoming Sexual Crime", by Minister Kesha Rand (Gore). One chapter per week will be discussed. This will include a live-broadcast of the discussion with the Author, as she reads excerpts from the book and leads in the conversation. Participants may view the podcast, call in to join the discussion via conference and/or submit questions and statements by chat.
Please email to request the conference call number. The purpose of this weekly broadcast is to give Survivors of sexual crime a chance to continue to heal. It will also provide a source of helpful information for concerned citizens that recognize the need to be prepared to help a victim. There will be no Broadcasts during the following holiday weekends: Easter (April 22nd), Memorial Day (May 27th), Independence Day (July 1st). Workbooks and Journals will be available for order by by mid-spring. Proceeds from book orders will go to benefit the "Hiding Place Workshop" for Survivors of sexual crime, being held in Maryland October 7-9th.
It has been a year since Yeardley Love was murdered on her UVA campus. We know that sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking occurs on college campuses. But we don’t know what, if anything has changed. Join JWI as they look at a model program at UW- Madison that provides a multidisciplinary and survivor centered approach in coordinating services and prevention efforts to better serve students, providers and community members at large. This webinar will address the challenges campuses face in ending sexual violence, review how community based organizations can work with campuses as well as discuss opportunities for collaboration with funding programs offered by the federal government.
This FREE web-based course is designed to summarize the challenges associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) investigations. Materials covered include terminology, drugs, reporting the crime, evidence collection, and laboratory methodologies. Furthermore, recommendations for medical professionals, investigators, prosecutors, and toxicologists will be reviewed to ensure effective investigations of DFSA cases.
This course will be led by subject matter expert Dr. Marc LeBeau, Chief of the FBI Laboratory's Chemistry Unit. Dr. LeBeau has worked as a Forensic Chemist and Toxicologist for the FBI since 1994 and has testified as an expert in federal, state, and county courts throughout the United States.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing Continuing Education Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 1.3 contact hours will be awarded for this activity.
In order to receive contact hours for this activity, both a pre-course and post-course test must be completed. (The pre-course test begins 30 minutes prior to the scheduled training session.) Information on how to obtain the contact hours is included in the training curriculum and course syllabus.
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