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Reaching for the Souls of our Children:
The Art & Practice of Abuse Prevention (part 1)

Presenter:

Barry Horowitz; LCSW-R

Founder, Director: Courageous Journeys Therapeutic Services, PLLC

 

Child sexual abuse is a devastating phenomenon that can have a profoundly dangerous influence upon the psychological, emotional, spiritual, behavioral and physical well-being of our most vulnerable members of our community, our children. As far back as 2006 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that as many as 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 boys will have experienced unwanted sexual touch before the age of 18 years of age.  Moreover, recent studies within the general community indicate a significant gap between well intended messages provided in sexual abuse prevention programming and the overall effectiveness of traditional programs in actually reducing risk of abuse and ramifications of victimization. Stated quite simply, many messages that our children are hearing about prevention can not only be ineffective, but can in and of themselves, be harmful.

 

Even within more culturally insulated communities, increasing numbers of painful accounts of suicide, addictions, anxiety and depressive disorders, marital strife, academic challenges, spiritual disillusionment and self-injurious behaviors among some who have untreated history of child sexual victimization has reinvigorated the desire to learn about effective prevention. Parents, educators, clergy and the general public turn to us as for specific ways in which they may be able to communicate with children to better keep them safe.


This 2-part training is based upon Barry Horowitz’s vast 20 years of experience within the field as a treatment provider, crisis intervention specialist and lecturer/trainer on the topic of sexual abuse prevention. Drawing upon growing literature on the topic of primary and secondary prevention of the impact of child sexual abuse, it is uniquely developed for both mental health professionals, those working with children and parents and caregivers as well. It will explore some of the progress made regarding methods of prevention; as well as critical background regarding myths and realities of child sexual abuse and unintended consciences of these misconceptions. Themes such as barriers to disclosure; dangers of those who molest; challenges that face male and female survivors and the increased dangers of the internet in fostering offending behaviors are among the topics to be explored in the first training.

 

In addition to providing background regarding the misconceptions and realities of abuse, in the second part of the two-part workshop, participants will find the crucial main focus of the training will be developing a large yet organized tool-box of specific age-appropriate (and culturally aware) conversations, precautions and modeling behaviors with children and adolescents that may increase our ability to keep our children safe. This will also be an opportunity to learn about possible warning signs of abuse. Finally, participants will gain valuable insights into practical methods of adult intervention if abuse is suspected or disclosed.

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Reaching for the Souls of our Children:
The Art & Practice of Abuse Prevention (part 1)

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Presenter: Barry Horowitz, LCSW

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Increased awareness of prevalence of child sexual abuse prevention.
  2. Increased understanding of various possible symptoms related to undisclosed victimization.
  3. Increased knowledge of demographics of individuals who engage in sexually abusive behaviors.

These workshops offer 1 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

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Presenter:

Barry Horowitz; LCSW-R

Founder, Director: Courageous Journeys Therapeutic Services, PLLC

 

Child sexual abuse is a devastating phenomenon that can have a profoundly dangerous influence upon the psychological, emotional, spiritual, behavioral and physical well-being of our most vulnerable members of our community, our children. As far back as 2006 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that as many as 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 boys will have experienced unwanted sexual touch before the age of 18 years of age.  Moreover, recent studies within the general community indicate a significant gap between well intended messages provided in sexual abuse prevention programming and the overall effectiveness of traditional programs in actually reducing risk of abuse and ramifications of victimization. Stated quite simply, many messages that our children are hearing about prevention can not only be ineffective, but can in and of themselves, be harmful.

 

Even within more culturally insulated communities, increasing numbers of painful accounts of suicide, addictions, anxiety and depressive disorders, marital strife, academic challenges, spiritual disillusionment and self-injurious behaviors among some who have untreated history of child sexual victimization has reinvigorated the desire to learn about effective prevention. Parents, educators, clergy and the general public turn to us as for specific ways in which they may be able to communicate with children to better keep them safe.


This 2-part training is based upon Barry Horowitz’s vast 20 years of experience within the field as a treatment provider, crisis intervention specialist and lecturer/trainer on the topic of sexual abuse prevention. Drawing upon growing literature on the topic of primary and secondary prevention of the impact of child sexual abuse, it is uniquely developed for both mental health professionals, those working with children and parents and caregivers as well. It will explore some of the progress made regarding methods of prevention; as well as critical background regarding myths and realities of child sexual abuse and unintended consciences of these misconceptions. Themes such as barriers to disclosure; dangers of those who molest; challenges that face male and female survivors and the increased dangers of the internet in fostering offending behaviors are among the topics to be explored in the first training.

 

In addition to providing background regarding the misconceptions and realities of abuse, in the second part of the two-part workshop, participants will find the crucial main focus of the training will be developing a large yet organized tool-box of specific age-appropriate (and culturally aware) conversations, precautions and modeling behaviors with children and adolescents that may increase our ability to keep our children safe. This will also be an opportunity to learn about possible warning signs of abuse. Finally, participants will gain valuable insights into practical methods of adult intervention if abuse is suspected or disclosed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increased awareness of prevalence of child sexual abuse prevention.
  2. Increased understanding of various possible symptoms related to undisclosed victimization.
  3. Increased knowledge of demographics of individuals who engage in sexually abusive behaviors.


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: intermediate
Level of Clinician: intermediate
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the workshops and course evaluation form.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. The grievance policy for trainings provided by the NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire workshop, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here.

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