“Safe Families–Safer Communities” Child Abuse Prevention Workshop

“Safe Families ~Safer Communities”

Given the universal values of protecting children and vulnerable adults, how has sexual abuse by clergy, coaches and other trusted authority figures happened? How are schools and other organizations responding to victims of sexual abuse in general? What is working? What have we learned?

Recent cases of child sexual abuse by Penn State and Syracuse University coaches have sparked great public concern over child safety. Dr. Romo and Svava Brooks will share key concepts and practices to help parents prevent and detect child sexual abuse in any setting. This 90 minute interactive presentation is relevant to anyone affiliated with schools or other values driven organizations. Parents interested in advocacy and/or prevention strategies should attend.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand child sexual abuse contexts, data, and impacts.
  • Gain information about stranger danger and child abuse.
  • Review prevention and intervention strategies to protect children from sexual abuse.
  • Learn to talk to your kids and other adults about personal safety.
  • Assess tools that can help parents discuss abuse comfortably with their children.
  • Practice questions every parent should ask before placing their child in the care of others.
  • Develop a community action plan to bring ‘Safe Families, Safer Communities’ trainings to parents.

WHERE/ WHEN: North County Regional Education Center  255 Pico Ave, San Marcos, CA 92069, March 30, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Room TBA.

About the speakers:  Dr. Romo is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ for Healing and Healthy Environments. He earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego in 1998 and has served as K-12 teacher and administrator and teacher educator. He has taken an active role in developing and implementing Safe Church Policies and Healing Community practices in churches since 2009, leading trainings for parents, volunteers and employees. His most recent books are: “Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters;” “Parents Preventing Abuse;” and “Teachers Preventing Abuse.” Dr. Romo coaches survivors and supporters in person and via on-line healing programs at www.healingthesexuallyabusedheart.com. For more info, see www.jaimeromo.com

Svava Brooks is a co-founder and VP for a national non-profit in Iceland dedicated to awareness and education about child sexual abuse and prevention. Svava, currently serves as s Program Director for TAALK.  (www.taalk.org) TAALK is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation in OC and our mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse.  Svava also is a trainer and facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children prevention training, a evidence based Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training.  Svava has provided education and trainings on child abuse and prevention to thousands of adults and teenagers in Iceland and now in Southern CA.

RSVP to Svava Brooks  sbrooks@taalk.org  or Jaime Romo at jr@jaimeromo.com

Safe Families Workshop 3-30-12