PCAVT offers a variety of FREE trainings (2 to 3 hour workshops) for early care and education providers. Parents, foster parents, and those who work with families who are at high-risk are invited to participate.
Our trainings are interactive and responsive to the needs of the participants, and are knowledge and skill-based training. Child Care Centers can reach out directly to schedule these opportunities.
If you are an educator working in a school, you may be interested in the Care for Kids curriculum for children PK-2, the We Care Elementary program for grades 3-6, or the SAFE-T program for 7th and 8th grades.
As an early care and education provider, you will see that all of our trainings described in this section are applicable for early childcare settings. You may also visit the Bright Futures Course Calendar Search Page to see if there are any upcoming PCAVT trainings near you.
Parents may also access our trainings through their early care and education provider. Trainings may be modified to meet the needs of the participants.
Anyone interested in more information can feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
To schedule one of the following free workshops, please contact Natanya Vanderlaan at: 802-552-4270, or Natanya@pcavt.org.
WCSA: Act 1-What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Participants will: a) discuss child sexual abuse and the grooming process; b) determine how to respond to incidents of potential child sexual abuse. Through talking about child sexual abuse and how it happens, participants will develop skills to recognize abusive behaviors and signs of abuse, respond to concerning situations, and give healthy messages to children as part of prevention. This program is particularly for infant through after school teachers and care givers and those who support them. This training is in partial support of licensed centers meeting Vermont Act 1 requirements.
PREV: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
During this two hour training participants will: a) discuss child sexual abuse prevention; b) identify knowledge and skills they could acquire to personally and/or professionally help prevent child sexual abuse. Effective child sexual abuse prevention reaches from the early development of social-emotional strength and healthy relationship skills, to adults learning methods to intervene before abuse takes place, to appropriate and effective response, to changing social norms and behaviors. Participants will receive an overview of what they can do to help make the world a safer place for children. This program is suitable for all child care providers and educators and the people who support them.
NHSD Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
Gain information and skills to develop and maintain open communication with children, identify and respond to normal as well as concerning sexual behaviors in children, answer children’s questions, and give children positive messages. Nurturing healthy sexual development plays an important role in protecting children from sexual abuse and/or developing sexually abusive behaviors. Participants will: a) summarize healthy sexual behaviors of children at different developmental stages; b) give examples of how to nurture healthy sexual development in children. This program is for teachers and care givers of children of all ages, with a particular emphasis on infants through after school.
OBP: Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
Participants will: a) distinguish healthy behaviors from boundary violations and pre-offending behaviors; b) practice directly addressing concerning behaviors. Individuals and communities have a strong desire to prevent child sexual abuse. However, they often face barriers to protecting children, including having relationships with those exhibiting concerning behaviors. In this workshop participants will consider what adults can do to assist communities in overcoming these common barriers to protecting children. This program is for teachers and care givers of children of all ages, with a particular emphasis on infants through after school.
Participants will: a) identify age-appropriate healthy sexuality messages that they could use in their classrooms; b) predict what Care for Kids could look like in their classrooms. Care for Kids is a comprehensive community approach to fostering healthy sexual development in early childhood. This training orients you to child sexual abuse prevention, the messages and activities within the curriculum, and adult training options. This workshop is for preschool through second grade teachers and care givers, and those who support them.
CFK: Care for Kids Curriculum
Children are now growing up in a world saturated by sexual imagery, internet access, and, frequently, pornography. This could be very different from the world their caregivers and teachers grew up in! As part of protecting children from harm, adults in this workshop will: a) analyze the potential impacts of pornography on healthy sexual development; b) summarize potential healthy responses to the viewing of pornography by children. Tools will be provided to help families, teachers, and caregivers consider their options when it comes to helping to protect children from harmful messaging as well as to nurture healthy sexual development. This workshop is particularly for infant through after school (children up to 12 years old) teachers and care givers, and those who support them. This training is typically two hours.
PI: Plugged In: The Viewing of Pornography by Children
The following workshops include curriculum developed and trainers trained by:
Kempe Center for Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect. Gail Ryan, MA; Director, Kempe Perpetration Prevention Program, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, with support from the Kempe Foundation.
This training is designed to promote adult understanding of the range of sexual behaviors in children aged twelve and under, including behaviors that are developmentally expected, concerning, and abusive. It will explore issues of consent, equality, and coercion, and assist participants in evaluating whether or not behaviors are a problem and why. Participants will: a) distinguish between normal, problematic, and abusive behaviors; b) practice evaluating the sexual behaviors of children. This program is particularly for infant through after school teachers and caregivers, and those who support them.
USBC: Understanding the Sexual Behaviors of Children
This training is designed to prepare adults to respond to the range of children’s sexual behaviors in order to intervene earlier in the development of concerning or sexually abusive patterns. Participants will: a) discuss the shared adult goals for preventing abuse; b) practice responding to the sexual behaviors of children. This program is particularly for infant through after school teachers and caregivers, and those who support them, who have previously attended Understanding the Sexual Behaviors of Children.
RSBC: Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children
Participants who work with children and/or youth with sexually harmful behaviors will explore the cycle of abuse and learn strategies for intervention at different points in the cycle. A model for safety planning is introduced and practiced. Participants will: a) practice interrupting the abuse cycle; b) practice creating a safety plan. This program is particularly for teachers and caregivers, and those who support them, who have previously attended both Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children.
IS: Informed Supervision of Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended