Note: Due to COVID-19, all in-person training has been temporarily suspended. If you are interested in our Circles of Safety training, please visit our Virtual Classrom Series for information about our online course.
Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action for Professionals Working with Parents and Professional Caregivers
Description: Circles of Safety is a primary sexual abuse prevention training introducing key sexual abuse prevention concepts and skills. It prepares staff and professional caregivers to confidently and knowledgably speak up and take actions to address children’s sexual safety – before they are sexually harmed or harm others.
Through lecture, reflection exercises and group activities, participants will learn how to support children’s healthy and safe sexual development; identify and respond to warning signs in children and adult’s behaviors; and design safety plans to address safe boundaries, privacy, consent and respect. Handbooks and safety tool templates included. CEs are available.
Audience: Professionals who work with parents and professional caregivers (foster parents, in-home parent supports, etc.)
For more info, see FAQs below.
Circles of Safety: Train the Trainer for Youth-Serving Organizations
Description: Train the Trainer offers community and youth-serving organizations the training and tools they need to train their own staff and professional caregivers. This program trains organization representatives to facilitate two separate workshops within their organization: Recognizing and Responding to Children’s Sexual Behaviors and Recognizing and Responding Adult’s Sexual Behaviors.
Participants will receive a trainer’s manual and presentation materials. Participants will be eligible for a 3 year certification as a Circles of Safety Community Presenter. Note: Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action is a prerequisite.
Audience: Professional agency staff responsible for the development and training of field staff and professional caregivers.
For more info, see FAQs below.
Circles of Safety for Professionals Who Work with Parents and Professional Caregivers
Circles of Safety is designed to support and strengthen youth-serving organizations’ ability to create safer environments for their agency, their staff and the children and families they serve. Upon completion of Circles of Safety, professionals who work with parents, foster parents, in-home parent supports and other professional caregivers are more confident and better prepared to think and act preventatively to protect children and youth from sexual harm.
Professionals who work with children who’ve experienced trauma are usually prepared to respond to high-risk and crisis situations. They are most likely confident and knowledgeable about what to do when a child or youth is in crisis, perhaps demonstrating behaviors that may put others or themselves at risk.
You’re prepared for the crisis – but are you prepared to prevent sexual harm from occurring?
Circles of Safety provides youth-serving and family support professionals with resources to talk with parents and professional caregivers about children’s sexual safety. Participants will develop their skills to design safety plans that communicate healthy boundaries and create safe relationships in the families they serve.
Improve your client’s treatment outcomes with training on the importance of healthy sexuality development education. Decrease the crisis mindset and reactive responses to children’s sexual behaviors in your organization.. Learn how to foster children’s environments to support their own healthy sexual development. Reduce the risk of children’s sexual harmful behaviors. Protect your program with an increased understanding of how a prevention culture can reduce risks.
Who is this training for?
Are CEs available?
Who can take the Train the Trainers (TOT) training?
What will I be able to bring back to my agency from the Train the Trainers (TOT) training?
How will annual Booster Sessions work for trainers?
This training is for professionals who work with parents and professional caregivers (foster parents, in-home parent supports, etc.).
Yes, participants who take Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action will be eligible for 6.5 hours of CEs. For more info about CEs, click here.
At this time, only trainers, facilitators and other designated staff from youth-serving organizations are able to take this TOT. Attendence will be limited to 30 partipants, to allow for a more personalized training experience. Participants in this TOT must also take Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action.
Upon completion of Circles of Safety: TOT and signed agreement of the Trainer Contract, trainers will be able to facilitate the two workshops identified below in their agency, appropriate for both staff and parents, including volunteers and foster parents.
- Circles of Safety: Understanding the Role of Healthy Sexuality Development and Education in Sexual Abuse Prevention
- Circles of Safety: Understanding and Responding to Warning Signs
Each training is approximately 2.5 hours long. Trainers will receive a complete trainer’s manual, as well as workshop handbooks for them to copy and distribute. The manuals and training powerpoint will also be made available to trainers through an electronic link, which can be downloaded and printed. Each workshop includes pre and post evaluations, as well as trainer tips and resources to better prepare them on the content. Stop It Now! will remain available for any training consultation needs. Trainers will be offered annual Booster sessions to support and enhance their comfort level and knowledge with the content.
These workshops are perfect for both orientation trainings, as well as for ongoing and supportive training needs on building awareness of protective actions to support children’s sexual safety in their organization. Participants in these workshops will become more knowledgeable and confident when determining how they can best help a child with healthy sexuality development promotion activities and how to respond when there are concerns that a child may be at risk of sexual abuse. Your agency will enhance its commitment to the safety children and youth you serve, and will be able to promote itself as an agency trained to be a Partner for Prevention.
A minimum of two annual Booster sessions will be offered yearly (calendar year). The first booster after the first year you complete the TOT will be free to you. The following two years’ Booster sessions will be a nominal fee ($35-$50).
Stop It Now! will offer a full re-fund up until 2 weeks prior to the training.
Please email training [at] stopitnow.org with any additional questions.