Bivona's Presentations and Training Opportunities

Whether you are looking to book a presentation at your organization or simply looking to learn more information about what we do, our broad range of presentations and trainings are a great resource. Read below to find out more about the specific learning opportunities that we offer. 

Note: Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children is the only class that is currently being offered on a regular basis for individual community members to attend free of charge.

Bivona 101

A basic introduction to Bivona Child Advocacy Center as a community resource. Learn what a child can expect when they come to Bivona, what suite of services we provide, and how we can be a resource to your organization in particular.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increased knowledge about Bivona’s role in the community
  • Increased comfortability in utilizing Bivona as a resource for children you work with

Who should attend:

  • Employees or volunteers of youth serving organizations of all kinds

Length: Flexible (usually between a half hour and an hour)

Bivona Snacks and Facts

A basic introduction to Bivona Child Advocacy Center, child abuse prevalence and how you can get involved as an adult in the community. Overview of what Child Advocacy Center is and how Bivona’s model leads to healing and increased collaboration between community partners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increased knowledge of the Child Advocacy Center model.
  • Understanding of child abuse prevalence.
  • Broad overview of Bivona’s services and partners.
  • How you can get involved!

Who should attend:

  • Companies and community organizations who are interested in learning about Bivona and ways to get involved.

Length: Flexible (usually between a half hour and an hour)

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children

One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Using the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ as a framework, Stewards of Children® is a two-hour training that teaches adults practical actions to prevent child sexual abuse or intervene if abuse is suspected. Featuring compelling and engaging content to motivate participants, the program is designed for parents, concerned individuals, and any adult that works with youth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the facts about child sexual abuse, how to prevent and intervene when necessary
  • Learn how to speak with children about body safety, sex, and boundaries
  • Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse

Who should attend:

  • Parents
  • Adults who work in youth serving organizations
  • Anyone who cares about the well-being of children

Length: 2-2.5 hours

Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101

When it comes to talking about sexuality, people with disabilities are often excluded, almost as if they are incapable of having sexual thoughts, feelings and needs. In reality, they too are sexual beings who need information and skills to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships. Many professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities know that sexuality issues need to be addressed they don't often have the knowledge and skill to do so. This six-module virtual course offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors that will help professionals feel more comfortable and confident.

Learning Objectives:

  • As a result of this workshop, participants will increase their knowledge and skill and be able to:
  • Define sexuality and sexual self-advocacy and create positive messages for people with developmental disabilities
  • Discuss sexual development and explain issues related to sexuality and developmental disabilities
  • Recognize their own values and attitudes and examine how their values and attitudes impact their ability and effectiveness in teaching this topic
  • Discuss ways to teach this topic, answer questions, and responding to behaviors
  • Access tool and strategies to answer questions, respond to behaviors, and address sexuality in an effective way
  • Identify tools and strategies for working with parents and guardians

Who Should Attend:

  • Professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities

Length: 4 hours

Less is More

This training is intended to provide Mandated Reporters with the ability to handle disclosures of child abuse. Child abuse is disturbing, complex and extremely difficult to investigate. How professionals react and respond to a suspected child abuse allegation will have a direct impact on the child’s recovery from the traumatic act and on the integrity of the subsequent investigation. This training is designed to give school and childcare personnel, along with medical, mental health and other therapeutic providers the tools needed to optimally respond when a child discloses or indicates that he or she may be a victim of sexual and/or physical abuse.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ensure best practice response in child abuse cases
  • Enhanced knowledge and skills necessary to successfully respond to child abuse allegations
  • Increased comfortability with handing disclosures from children

Who should attend:

  • Mandated Reporters

Length: 1.5 Hours

Minimal Facts

The child’s safety takes precedence over all other concerns.  Law enforcement‘s job is to serve and protect. CPS’s job is to assess the safety and well-being of children.  Nothing in this presentation precludes those standards. As a First Responder it is imperative you have the knowledge and skills to ensure a sound investigation. Child sexual abuse cases in which there exists definitive, objective evidence of abuse are the exception rather than the rule. Typically, there are no eyewitnesses and physical evidence (medical or on scene) is found in only 15% of confirmed cases (Kerns, 1981). Even if medical evidence is present, it seldom identifies the specific perpetrator. Therefore, unless a confession is obtained, determination of whether and by whom the sexual abuse was committed rests, in large measure, on the word of the child. It is critical that the response from the initial outcry through case completion is handled in a manner that protects the child and sets them up for success. Your response lays the foundation in this process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of the child
  • Minimize trauma of the child during investigation
  • Provide procedures to assist in gathering minimal facts
  • Ensure sound investigation and subsequent prosecution

Who Should Attend:

  • First Responders (Police, other emergency personnel)

Note: This training is not offered to the general public

Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities: A Workshop for Parents and Guardians

Talking with our young and grown children about sexuality can be a difficult task. As parents and guardians, we often worry whether talking about it gives permission and whether they can be safe from harm when they are in relationships. This workshop will help you become more comfortable discussing this topic by covering what topics to cover when and the most effective ways to talk about this sensitive topic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine barriers to talking about sexuality.
  • Gain knowledge about sexuality and developmental disabilities.
  • Acquire and practice skills in communicating about sexuality with our young and grown children.

Who Should Attend:

  • Parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities

Length: 1.5 Hours

 

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