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Circles of Safety Virtual Classroom Series

Online sexual abuse prevention and safety training for youth-serving program staff, social workers, therapists and other caregiving adults 

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. 

“I believe that if every household would take this training we could reduce the numbers of childhood traumas which would also reduce the crime rate.” 

- Parent


Upcoming Training Dates:

Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action for Youth-Serving Professionals

In 4 online classes, attendees will become better prepared to support children’s healthy and safe sexual development, identify and respond to warning signs in children and adult’s behaviors in their programs and design safety plans to address safe boundaries, privacy, consent and respect. CE credits available. For more info, see FAQs below.

The virtual classroom experience will include:

  • Complete training manual including curriculum, handouts, surveys, and workshop participant's handbooks
  • 24 maximum participants for increased engagement
  • Weekly reflection and engagement activities
  • 1:1 conversation with Stop It Now! to discuss personal application of material (optional)

Note: If you would like to register for both the Awareness to Action (A2A) and Training of Trainers (ToT) courses please choose your desired A2A course below by clicking the registration link, and then choose the purchase option within the succeeding registration page that includes both your desired A2A and ToT sessions.

November 2021

Dates: Tuesday, November 2 to Friday, November 5, 2021, 9:30am - 12:30pm ET daily
Registration: Click Here

Cost: $285
Recommended Audience: Professional caregivers, (i.e. foster parents, youth residential staff, youth program support staff, sexual assault and response professionals, child protective service professionals, child and family advocacy professionals, educational professionals) youth-serving organization employees in any role, and anyone interested in preventing child sexual abuse.
Course content level: Beginning level
Presenters: Click here
CE credits available

"Jenny and Micah [the facilitators] were very warm and welcoming as trainers - they definitely built a 'safe space' for participants."

- Community prevention program director


Circles of Safety: Training of Trainers (TOT) – Circles of Safety for Sexual Abuse Prevention

Train the trainer offers community and youth-serving organizations the training and tools they need to train their own staff and the caregivers they support, including parents, foster parents and residential staff. Over the course of the training, attendees will prepare to facilitate two separate workshops within their organization (in person and electronically): Understanding the Role of Healthy Sexuality Development and Education in Sexual Abuse Prevention and Understanding and Responding to Warning Signs.

Participants will receive a trainer’s manual and presentation materials, and 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.

The virtual classroom experience will include:

  • Complete training manual including curriculum, handouts, surveys, and workshop participant's handbooks
  • Eligibility for a 3-year certification as a Circles of Safety Community Presenter
  • 16 maximum participants for increased engagement and practice
  • 1:1 conversation with Stop It Now! to discuss personal application of material (optional)
  • Quarterly training e-news and ongoing education opportunities

Mid-November

Dates: Monday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET daily
Registration: Click Here

Cost: $250
Recommended Audience: Youth-serving program training professionals
Presenters: Click here

“Working with Stop It Now! was a rewarding experience. The trainers were able to automatically connect with individuals across a wide spectrum. A majority of the class had very little knowledge of the subject matter yet the trainers were able to simultaneously make them feel comfortable and safe while engaging and empowering them to understand the materials.”

- University training participant 


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FAQS

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?
What accessibility information is helpful to know?
What is the cancellation policy?
Who can I contact with additional questions?


Who is this training for?

This training is for professionals caregivers (i.e. foster parents, youth residential staff, youth program support staff), youth-serving organization employees in any role, and anyone concerned or interested in preventing CSA.

Are CEs available?

Yes, 11 CE hours are available for some Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action trainings which are noted in the calendar. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com. In order to receive CEs you must be present for the whole training. No refunds are given if you are not awarded CEs due to lack of attendance. 

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Who can take the Train the Trainers (TOT) training?

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 16 partipants, to allow for a more personalized training experience. Participants in this TOT must also take Circles of Safety: Awareness to Action. 

What will I be able to bring back to my agency from the Train the Trainers (TOT) training?

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 of children and youth you serve, and will be able to promote itself as an agency trained to be a Partner for Prevention.

How will annual Booster Sessions work for trainers?

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).

What accessibility information is helpful to know?

We strive to make our spaces inclusive, though an online format may not be right for all audiences. 

Participants should be able to have a quiet space set aside to take this class, and should be able to pay attention for the full duration of the training (which typically is 3 hours at a time). A stable internet connection is required to participate fully, and a large screen (a desktop monitor, TV, or laptop instead of a tablet, a phone) is recommended. One 15-minute break is scheduled midway through the training, though additional breaks, as needed, are permitted.

Trainers use a combination of visual aids through PowerPoint, video, lecture, role plays, handouts, polls, personal reflection, and small and large group discussions during the training. A copy of the PowerPoint and handouts will be made available (both online, and, if requested, a hard copy) before the training. No interpreter is available on site; fluency in English is required to participate. 

Zoom is the platform we use to facilitate the training, which has additional accessibility features and supports screen readers – you may want to familiarize yourself with the options available to you through Zoom before you take this training or check out their Accessibility FAQs page. Currently, there are no image descriptions on our PowerPoint presentation.

Auto-generated closed captioning is also available upon request; please reach out to training [at] stopitnow.org so that we can ensure that feature is turned on when you take a training if this would be helpful to you.

What is the cancellation policy?

Stop It Now! will offer a full re-fund up until 2 weeks prior to the training.

And if you have further questions about cancellations please reach out to training [at] stopitnow.org.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please email training [at] stopitnow.org with any additional questions.