We Want to Change the Way People Think about Prevention
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia offers a variety of low or no cost trainings that help communities and family serving organizations understand the vital role they play in child abuse prevention. Trainings touch on topics such as early child development, protective factors, and how to report suspected abuse.
In times of crisis and economic insecurity, rates of child abuse and neglect increase. However, reports to Georgia’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline have declined dramatically during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. When children stay at home, they are isolated from places where adults often look out for their safety and well-being including schools, child care facilities, places of worship and other public areas.
Although we are not offering in-person trainings at this time, we are now taking requests for our Virtual Hybrid Mandated Reporter Training and link to other online trainings in the tabs below.
Virtual Hybrid Mandated Reporter Training
Child serving professionals and volunteers may suspect child abuse or have a child disclose abuse to them through their work with children. However, barriers such as fear of reporting, the inability to recognize all forms of child maltreatment, and vague organizational policies may prevent professionals from making a report of child maltreatment.
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is partnering with ProSolutions Training to offer a free Virtual Hybrid Mandated Reporter Training while organizations continue to practice physical distancing! This hybrid training will combine the best components of the ProSolutions online training and of PCA Georgia’s in-person training. Training participants will go through an in-depth online Mandated Reporting course and then attend a follow-up session with a live trainer. This live session will include child abuse prevention awareness, mandated reporting scenario practice, and will answer any additional questions you have. Training participants will receive .20 continuing education credit and a certificate of completion.
- Understand how the laws around mandated reporting affect mandated reporters.
- Describe the process for handling a disclosure of abuse.
- Describe the mandated reporter’s role in reporting suspected abuse and neglect.
- Identify physical and behavioral indicators of the legally recognized types of abuse and neglect in Georgia.
- Identify which groups of children may be at higher risk of being abused or neglected.
- Describe the steps necessary to report suspected abuse or neglect.
Hybrid Training Request (groups must have between 5 and 60 participants.)
- Fill out the training request form below to select a date for the virtual follow up session.
- We will confirm the details and send a link to the self-guided online training that participants must complete in advanced of the live follow-up session
- Your group will participate in the live virtual follow-up session with a trainer on the designated date.
- Each participant within your group will complete an evaluation and receive a certificate of completion via email.
Stewards of Children Training
The Stewards of Children training curriculum is a sexual abuse prevention training program developed by a Charleston, SC based nonprofit, Darkness to Light (D2L), and is the only adult-focused, evidence-informed curriculum proven to increase knowledge and attitudes about child sexual abuse and to change behaviors promoting protective factors. The Georgia initiative is led by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy.
The one-time 2 ½ hour Stewards of Children program is available through a group session led by an authorized facilitator as well as online. The training is appropriate for parents as well as professionals and volunteers in youth-serving organizations such as schools, faith centers, camps, child care centers, sports leagues, and clubs.
- Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse
- New skills to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
- Positive change to organizational policies and procedures
- Individual empowerment through a personal prevention plan
Human Traffic Proof the ATL is a human trafficking awareness training developed by the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI). IHTI leads the Metro Atlanta Coalition to End Human Trafficking. The mission of the IHTI is to leverage the resources of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. as a thought leader and convener to foster the collective efforts to dramatically reduce human trafficking activities in the city of Atlanta, state of Georgia, and the Southeast region of the United States.
According to the Urban Institute, Metro Atlanta is the #1 major city in underground illegal commercial sex activities, and YouthSpark’s Demand Study found 12,400 men each month in Georgia pay for sex with a young female. As a community we can work together to end this.
The one hour training, which covers labor trafficking and sex trafficking, is appropriate for professionals, parents, youth serving organizations, for-profits, non-profits, companies, faith centers and more.
The training has 3 main components which encompass learning outcomes: Learn, See, and Do.
Housed at PCA Georgia, Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) offers trainings on the Five Protective Factors. The SFG training includes six individual 2-hour SFG modules for face-to-face presentations. Read each training modules description and objectives here.
- Strengthening Families Georgia: An Effective Approach to Supporting Families and Communities (overview)
- Strengthening Families Through Parental Resilience
- Strengthening Families Through Social Connections
- Strengthening Families Through Knowledge of Child Development
- Strengthening Families Through Concrete Support in Times of Need
- Strengthening Families through the Promotion of Social and Emotional Competence in Children
Audience: family and child serving professionals, community agencies, school or early care employees, or anyone who is interested in supporting families in their area.
Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier stronger community.
Connections Matter Georgia is an in-person training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to:
• Improve resiliency,
• Prevent childhood trauma (ACEs), and
• Understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma.
The Georgia Connections Matter initiative is a collaboration between the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.
Helping Families Thrive through Concrete Supports- 75 min Training
Description: It takes parents, caregivers, and supportive RESOURCES to help children thrive. As professionals you know parents are often in complex situations and need professional and community support. This session explores barriers to meeting families’ basic needs, and linking families to resources through concrete support and the 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline to help prevent child maltreatment.
- Explore basic needs and how they affect parent-children interaction.
- Understand the relationship between child maltreatment prevention and providing concrete support to families.
- Learn how the 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline and online Resource Map works to connect professionals and families to programs in their neighborhoods.
Request a Poverty-Informed Training by contacting PreventChildAbuseGA@gsu.edu.
If Not Me Then Who? Poverty-Informed Training- 1 hour Training
Have you ever taken a class on poverty? Growing up in poverty has life-long consequences for a child’s physical and mental health and economic well-being. Using first-hand stories and perspectives, participants will learn the facts, underlying myths, expand their perceptions, and be able to enact tangible strategies to uplift our community’s vulnerable populations. Just as we believe in a trauma-informed approach, we also believe that poverty-informed practices will greatly change our communities’ ability to assist those facing poverty.
- Help professionals remove barriers, improve practices, and promote better communication and relationships with vulnerable families.
- Educate on types of poverty and communication styles of people experiencing poverty.
- Present facts to address common myths of people living in poverty.
- Encourage workgroups/coalitions, working within local communities, who are eager to work to change practices and policies around serving their neighbors experiencing poverty.