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Education, Training & Prevention

Training on Child Sexual Abuse Topics

Voices Carry offers a range of training opportunities. We can provide training to a variety of agencies, including service organizations, religious organizations, schools, therapists, child protection workers, and law enforcement agencies.

Want to schedule a training for your group? Contact Ana Pasini, Adult Prevention Coordinator, at 970-407-9739 or ana@voicescarrycac.org. Most trainings are free.

Darkness to Light:  Stewards of Children Training

Available in English and Spanish, Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is designed for both youth-serving organizations and individuals concerned about the safety of children.

When presented in a group setting, Stewards of Children is led by a Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitator. Engaging and thought-provoking, group led sessions include:

  • A two-part DVD presentation with commentary from sexual abuse survivors, experts in the field, and concerned adults.
  • A facilitator-led discussion emphasizes important issues in prevention within the community and organizations that serve children.
  • An interactive workbook facilitates discussion, reinforces key concepts, and serves as a resource and personal action plan for resolving child sexual abuse.

The cost of a facilitated session varies based on location and facilitator. Scholarships may be available.

Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center is happy to assist your organization in sponsoring or attending a Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training.  We have trained facilitators on staff and in the community to support this program.

Minimal Facts

Minimal Facts training is designed for professionals who are at the forefront of investigating child sexual abuse disclosures. This training covers basic information about Voices Carry, child sexual abuse, and how to collect minimal facts. This training also covers protocols at Voices Carry and informs participants about scheduling and attending forensic interviews. For more information please contact Isabelle Thurmer, LCSW at isabelle@voicescarrycac.org

Lunch with the CAC

Lunch with the CAC is a FREE training available to professionals working in the field of child abuse, community members, and students. These events provide attendees with the latest research, best practices, and knowledge of resources within Larimer County. The training is held on a quarterly basis. Sign up for our newsletter or visit our events page for information about the next training.

Connecting the Dots

An annual full-day training hosted by Voices Carry with various topics presented by top researchers in the field of child sexual abuse intervention and assessment. Sign up for our newsletter or visit our events page for information about the next training.

Child Sexual Development

This training reviews normal sexual development, behavior, and exploration so that parents and professionals can recognize behaviors that may be reason for concern. This training focuses on differential developmental phases and what can be expected. Parents and professionals will be equipped to support child development, as well as to recognize children who may be at-risk. For more information please contact Isabelle Thurmer, LCSW at isabelle@voicescarrycac.org

Other Available Training Topics:

  • Responding to a Child Outcry: What to do and NOT do if a Child Discloses
  • Child Advocacy Center: Who we are & What we Do
  • Dynamics of Sexual Abuse
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Other topics as requested. Please contact Isabelle Thurmer at isabelle@voicescarrycac.org

Community Trainings Offered by Partner Agencies

Internet Safety Training

The Fort Collins police offer public presentations on internet safety. Presentation topics include sexual predators, online enticement and grooming, social networking, cyber-bulling, and sexting. There are typically multiple dates each year for these presentations.

Where: Fort Collins Police Services Community Room, 2221 S. Timberline Rd.

Click here for more information on upcoming internet safety trainings.