Circles of Safety Course Info

Awareness to Action - Option 2


Day 1

1:00-1:30pm Introductions, welcome, training overview and goals
1:30-1:40pm Stop It Now! approach
1:40-2:00pm Prevention strategy overview; exercise
2:00-2:30pm Adult responsibility overview, why children don’t disclose; exercise
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-4:00pm Scope of sexual abuse: language, definitions and facts, family safety planning introduction; activity

Day 2

1:00-1:15pm Icebreaker, reflections and thoughts
1:15-2:15pm Children’s healthy sexual behaviors from infancy through adolescence; exercises
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:15pm Prevention tasks: infant to adolescent; exercises
3:15-4:00pm Healthy touch, modeling, safety planning; exercises

Day 3

1:00-1:15pm Icebreaker, reflections and thoughts
1:15-1:45pm Talking to children about healthy sexuality and sexual abuse, safety planning; exercises
1:45-2:30pm Healthy or unhealthy play, children’s sexually inappropriate behavior
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-3:15pm Warning signs in children, children’s harmful sexual behaviors; exercises
3:15-4:00pm Children’s abusive behaviors, responding to disclosures; exercises

Day 4

1:00-1:15pm Icebreaker, reflections and thoughts
1:15-2:00pm Myth busting, warning signs in adults’ behaviors
2:00-2:30pm Let’s Talk Guidebook, communication skills; exercises
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-3:45pm Role plays, debrief; exercise
3:45-4:00pm Post-surveys

Course objectives

  1. Explain the scope of child sexual abuse and explain key steps of sexual abuse prevention.
  2. Detect and respond to warning signs in adults’ behaviors of their risk to sexually abuse a child.
  3. Detect and respond to warning signs in children that indicate they are at risk for being sexually abused or have been abused.
  4. Detect and respond to risk factors in children’s environments that increase the risk of sexual abuse.
  5. Summarize children’s sexual development tasks through adolescence.
  6. Indicate knowledge of protective tasks for adults to engage with children and youth to decrease their vulnerability to sexual abuse.
  7. Demonstrate recognition of children’s behaviors that do not fall within normative healthy sexual behavior.
  8. Discuss safety planning as a tool for sexual abuse prevention.
  9. Identify barriers that prevent protective responses to risks of sexual abuse.
  10. Practice effective conversation skills in having difficult conversations with adults who are crossing boundaries with children.
  11. Differentiate children’s sexual behaviors from adult’s sexual behaviors.
  12. Summarize common myths about adults who sexually abuse children.