Calendar of Events

Apr
24
Wed
Strategies for Identifying and Reaching Male and LGBTQ Victims of Sex Trafficking @ Kristi House - Central Office
Apr 24 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This workshop focuses on effective strategies and tactics for identifying and engaging with male and LGBTQ youth victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. National research shows that boys can make up as much as half of all child sex trafficking victims, however, identification of these victims has lagged, with little focus on how to effectively engage and connect them with services. The workshop will cover misconceptions regarding the intersectionality of males, sexual orientation and gender expression. It will explore toxic masculinity, and how to better understand and treat male youth who have been victimized by violence, as well as divert future criminal involvement and other unhealthy behaviors. Hear about proven methodologies used by researchers to engage male and LGBTQ youth, as well as tactics and channels for solicitation used by traffickers that can be also be used by outreach staff and other service providers.

This session is presented by Nathan Earl, an anti-trafficking pioneer, advocate and visionary leader with a passion for building resilient communities immune to exploitation. Leveraging his prior lived experiences, he leads the organization, Ark of Freedom Alliance, dedicated to preventing child exploitation, and ending the marginalization of male and LGBTQ+ survivors of violent trauma, and those at risk.

 

RSVP is required on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-for-identifying-and-reaching-male-and-lgbtq-victims-of-sex-trafficking-central-office-tickets-59342261301

Apr
26
Fri
CSEC Training (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) – Naranja Office @ Kristi House - Naranja Office
Apr 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is a 3-hour training geared for staff and volunteers of child-serving organizations and programs as well as parents and teachers. Kristi House offers this community training every other month at Kristi House. Participants are asked to RSVP at least 3 days ahead of time by contacting Deborah Billings as listed. 

This workshop provides a basic overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), the extent of the problem and the impact this type of trauma has on children. It will also include tips for identifying and engaging victims and discussion of services victims need for healing and reintegration into mainstream society. The material is offered in lecture form through a PowerPoint presentation and videos. Group participation is encouraged. Participants will examine the following topics:

  • What is the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
  • CSEC Risk Factors
  • Addressing Demand
  • Identification of CSEC Victims
  • Impact of CSEC and Needs of Victims
  • Tips for service provision (customized for audience)

RSVP to: DBillings@kristihouse.org

Kristi House Naranja Office: 13955 SW 264th St, Homestead, FL 33032, USA

Children and Problematic Sexual Behavior @ Kristi House - Central
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Some children display intrusive, aggressive or coercive sexual behaviors. This is inappropriate and potentially harmful to these children and their peers. Recognizing and responding to sexual behavior problems is important since research suggests a quarter to half of child sexual abuse involves children acting out on other children.   This 2.5-hour awareness training was created based on the evidence-based intervention for children with problematic sexual behavior developed by Dr. Barbara Bonner, Ph.D., Director, and The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The presentation includes PowerPoint, Audio, Video and Lecture.

RSVP to Dawn Thompson – 305-547-6834 – dthompson@kristihouse.org.

Objectives

  1. Participants will understand and be able to identify the difference between normal sexual development and problematic sexual behaviors.
  2. Participants will articulate signs and symptoms of problematic behavior.
  3. Participants will learn basic skills in creating a positive environment where children understand boundaries, and can promote impulse control, social skills and empathy development
May
17
Fri
Hurricanes: Supporting Families through Trauma @ Kristi House
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Studies suggest being informed and prepared for storms lessen the impact of trauma on young children. In this new training, we provide guidance on how families can better prepare for and respond to hurricanes and the threat of hurricanes in ways that diminish child suffering and trauma in the aftermath of a storm. We will identify key factors that can promote resilience in children exposed to tropical weather threats before, during and after the storm.

 

This training is free. Space is limited. RSVP is required on Eventbrite here

May
24
Fri
Stewards of Children Training – Naranja Office @ Kristi House - Naranja Office
May 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Kristi House is pleased to offer Stewards of Children, a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job. It was developed by the Darkness to Light organization.

Stewards of Children is ideal for organizations that serve children and youth, as well as other community-based groups. Kristi House trainers can deliver the program in English, and/or Spanish.

Participants are asked to RSVP at least 3 days ahead of time by contacting Deborah Billings as listed.

RSVP to: DBillings@kristihouse.org

Facts About Stewards of Children Training

  • It’s a comprehensive program that incorporates all of the fundamental mechanics necessary in creating organizational policies and procedures that keep children safe. Ideal for training staff and volunteers on child sexual abuse prevention.
  • Includes the “7 Steps to Protecting our Children,” evidence-based educational tool for sexual abuse prevention.
  • A 3-hour training program that integrates the simple principles of choice, consciousness, and personal power to promote an understanding of the nature and impact of child sexual abuse, and that uses those principles to provide a context for empowered action. The curriculum is direct about holding each adult accountable, and generous in providing powerful, specific support for personal change.
  • Video component of curriculum integrates personal stories of sexual abuse survivors, sharing their experiences of trauma and healing with the perspectives of professionals working with various issues of sexual abuse.
  • The program is motivational and compelling. It calls participants into personal responsibility for the safety of children, while at the same time appreciates their fears and concerns.

How is the training delivered?

Stewards “Live” is a 3-hour in-person training, led by an authorized facilitator who uses a videotape, interactive workbook, and discussion to train responsible adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Kristi House Naranja Office: 13955 SW 264th St, Homestead, FL 33032, USA

May
31
Fri
Children and Traumatic Stress @ Kristi House - Central
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Child traumatic stress refers to the physical and emotional responses of a child to events that threaten the life of the child or of someone critically important to the child. Those who work with children, caregivers and/or students preparing to become social workers, teachers, counselors or who plan to work with children in other ways are invited to participate in this informative, interactive education program about trauma-informed care and what it means for the health and well-being of children. This educational program was developed and tested in collaboration with FIU College of Education and based on materials from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

RSVP to Dawn Thompson,  305-547-6834, dthompson@kristihouse.org.

Objectives

  • Participants will understand the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of children and their adult caregivers.
  • Participants will articulate trauma-informed intervention strategies.
  • Participants will address the safety and well-being of the children they serve.

There is no cost to attend, however participants are asked to RSVP at least 3 days ahead of time by contacting Dawn Thompson.  There is parking at the lot on which Kristi House sits; it is controlled by Miami-Dade County and parking is $10 per car.

 

Jun
21
Fri
What Every Adult Needs to Know – Naranja @ Naranja Neighborhood Center
Jun 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This 2-hour, free presentation is designed for parents who would like to be better equipped to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring and for adults working in child-serving organizations. This class will assist adults to identify signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, help them understand the dynamics of sexual abuse particularly the manipulative behavior of perpetrators, and provide them with skills to support open communication with their children to prevent future victimization. Information of Kristi House services and programs will be provided. 

There is no cost to attend, however participants are asked to RSVP at least 3 days ahead of time by contacting Deborah Billings (dbillings@kristihouse.org).  

Kristi House Naranja Office: 13955 SW 264th St, Homestead, FL 33032, USA

Jun
26
Wed
TF-CBT Community Based Learning Collaborative
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day

SECOND LEARNING SESSION: Location TDB.

Kristi House Children’s Advocacy Center is pleased to invite Miami-Dade child-serving professionals to apply to participate in the 2019 C-START Learning Collaborative: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Community Based Learning Collaborative

Taught by the National Master Training Team from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Jun
28
Fri
Stewards of Children Training @ Kristi House - Central
Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kristi House is pleased to offer Stewards of Children, a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job. It was developed by the Darkness to Light organization.

Stewards of Children is ideal for organizations that serve children and youth, as well as other community-based groups. Kristi House trainers can deliver the program in English, and/or Spanish.

This 3-hour, nationally recognized, best practice program uses videos, workbook activities and discussion to engage and educate about child sexual abuse and how to keep children safe.  Parents, college students, working professionals, volunteers at child-serving organizations and other staff at agencies and community-based organizations learn that child sexual abuse knows no socio-economic, cultural or racial boundaries. Through compelling stories from survivors of child sexual abuse of their trauma and healing, participants will learn how to develop practices to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The latest changes in mandated reporting laws will be reviewed. The presentation includes Video, Lecture, Workbook, and Small Group Collaborative Exercises.  

Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the short and long term consequences of child sexual abuse.
  2. Participants will articulate intervention strategies that prevent child sexual abuse.
  3. Participants will identify a plan to effectively react to disclosures or suspicions of abuse.

Participants are asked to RSVP at least 3 days ahead of time by contacting Dawn Thompson as listed.  There is parking at the lot on which Kristi House sits; it is controlled by Miami-Dade County and parking is $10 per car.

Dawn Thompson
305-547-6834
dthompson@kristihouse.org