Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse; Knowing Your Role in the Protection of Our Children
This training is a research and practice based curriculum with proven successful outcomes in participants. The goal of this training is to increase the likelihood of mandated reporters making a report of suspected incidents of child abuse to child protective services or law enforcement including incidents of serious physical injury, serious mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, imminent risk, and serious physical neglect. The training is listed and approved by the Department of Human Services in accordance with Act 31 of 2014, and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in accordance with Act 126 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code.
Respect at Work; Promoting Safety, Preventing Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious and widespread problem. It is a form of sexual violence and includes unwelcomed comments, visuals, of physical contact of a sexual nature. Some of the effects of sexual harassment can be sever to individuals, workplaces and entire communities. The goal of this training is to use a holistic and comprehensive approach to shift the norms and change behaviors within the workplace to create a culture of safety, equality, inclusion and respect.
Stewards of Children
Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” is a two hour program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training features survivors and professionals in the field to help equip participants with the tools necessary for preventing childhood sexual abuse. The training conveys a five-step approach through an audio-visual presentation and supplemental workbook for each participant. Continuing Education Credits are available for specific licensed or certified professionals.
Trauma 101: What is Trauma? Moving Towards Becoming Trauma Aware
The goal of this training is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of how trauma impacts individuals and reinforce the trauma-informed approach in all aspects of interactions. Becoming more trauma aware aims to avoid re-traumatization and understands each survivor in the context of their own life experiences. This training is designed to educate others on the impact of trauma across the lifespan and to support those who are interacting with survivors to address trauma in an intentional and informed manner.
Vicarious Trauma: Helping People; Helping People
Vicarious trauma can be experienced after an individual or community is exposed to a traumatic experience or narratives over a prolonged period of time. Exposure to potentially traumatic sources through our daily paid or unpaid activities is real concern for helping individuals. The goal of this training is to better understand what vicarious trauma is, how it can play a role in the helping person’s lives, and what interventions can be useful in mitigating the symptoms of vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue.
Suicide Prevention; Finding Hope in Difficult Times
Suicide continues to be a vast public health concern in our communities. However, it is preventable and it requires that everyone in our communities do our part. This includes knowing the basics about how to identify and talk to someone who may be contemplating suicide and how to connect them with help. This training is designed to help individuals recognize the warning signs of suicide in others and in themselves, effectively engage with a person in distress by speaking up and listening, and how to connect the person with professional help.
Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse among People with IDD and autism
Individuals with disabilities are sexually assaulted at an increased rate than those without disabilities. When we have a better understanding of the increased risk factors and prevalence of sexual violence within this population, we can address the dangers of sexual abuse in ways that are comfortable to them. This training is designed to develop understanding and support for people with IDD and autism. Empathy and increased perspective taking skills for a vulnerable population are presented.
CSEC 101; Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Sexual abuse and exploitation of children threaten the victims’ of their childhood and can irrevocably interfere with the emotional and physical well-being of an individual. Ensuring that all children thrive and grow without being impacted by sexual trauma or exploitation is a societal issue. Having a better understanding of the realities of child sex trafficking will not only help keep the children and families in our communities safe, but will help be an effective advocate for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. This training will help identify risk factors and indicators of commercial sexual exploitation of children in our communities.
Human Trafficking; Risk Indicators and Vulnerable Populations
Sexual exploitation and trafficking is happening in our communities. Knowing and understanding the risk indicators can increase our ability to decrease or eliminate human trafficking. The goal of this comprehensive training is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of how sexual exploitation and human trafficking influences and impacts individuals and vulnerable populations in our communities.
Abuse Knows No Age; Abuse among the Elder Population
Elder abuse is any intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. It is important to identify the risks for this vulnerable population, in order to keep communities safe from harm. This training is helpful to understand the different types of abuse that this population may endure by reviewing indicators and risk factors for abuse in the elderly population.
Neurobiology of Trauma; Understanding the "Unthinking" Response
In order to fully help individuals heal from trauma, we have to understand what’s happening in the traumatized brain. During this course learners will receive a brief overview of the neurobiology of trauma along with the cognitive and physiological symptoms that a person may endure who have experienced a traumatic event(s). Knowing what happens to the brain, will give us a better understanding of how to therapeutically intervene with a survivor of abuse or assault.
Victim Services; How NOVA can help
Get to know our agency! NOVA is the comprehensive victim service agency that serves Bucks County. This presentation is meant to give our partners in the community an overview of the services NOVA provides and the impact NOVA has on preventing violence and victimization in our society. Support Victims. Stop Violence.