Trainings & Resources for Professionals

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

9 out of 10 children do not disclose abuse right away.  2 out of 3 may never disclose.  All professionals need to know the signs of abuse and how to respond if concerned that a child is being hurt. This training increases participants’ knowledge of child abuse signs and indicators, the dynamics of disclosure and steps to take when concerned. Participants will gain knowledge and confidence to respond to a child in need of help.

The Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse

A coordinated response to child abuse concerns minimizes the number of times a child has to tell their story, reducing the possibility of re-traumatization. This training provides information and skills for professionals so they can better respond to children’s disclosures of abuse and most effectively assist children and families.

Understanding Children’s Sexual Behavior

When children display sexual behaviors, it can be difficult to gauge the level of concern and to know how to best respond.  By incorporating case examples, this workshop will help participants to:

  • Differentiate between sexual behavior that is problematic from what is typical or developmentally expected
  • Collaborate with community partners to identify interventions and resources to help children and their families

Mental Health Services When Child Sexual Abuse is a Concern (full day)

Designed for mental health services providers, this training provides an overview of the dynamics of child sexual abuse and the disclosure process. Participants will learn how to best address specific needs of children and their families by using their in their response to disclosure.

Medical Services 

We train medical professionals on how to collect forensic evidence utilizing the Massachusetts Pediatric Evidence Collection Kit, for acute sexual assault child victims.

Introduction to CSEC & Guidelines for Responding to Suspected Exploitation

CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children) is child sexual abuse. The ability to identify CSEC victims ensures that these victims receive the appropriate supports and services. Designed for professionals, the goal of this training is to help effectively identify and respond to suspicions of CSEC. This training includes information on defining CSEC, the nature and frequency of CSEC, identifying risk factors for victimization, recognizing indicators that a youth is a CSEC victim and aims to equip adults with an understanding of mandated reporting laws and their role as a first responder to suspected CSEC.

Developing a Multidisciplinary Response to Child Trafficking

  • Coalition Development
  • Protocol Development
  • Multidisciplinary Case Coordination

Discipline-specific Responses to High Risk & Exploited Youth

Responding to Runaway Youth & Youth Missing From Care