Keeping Our Children Safe
With national studies finding 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18, Kristi House remains dedicated to child sexual abuse prevention training and education in its mission focused exclusively on child sexual abuse. We deliver best practice programs for schools, community groups, corporations and faith-based organizations, with different curricula specifically geared for children, parents and providers. Trainings are offered on a variety of topics including child safety, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking.
The training schedule and course descriptions can be found below. All trainings are free. Trainings are offered at both our Central and Naranja offices, address below:
- Central Office: 1265 NW 12th Ave, Miami FL 33136
- Naranja Office: 13955 SW 264th St, Homestead FL 33032
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KRISTI HOUSE BEST PRACTICE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Children & Problematic Sexual Behavior
Both boys and girls might display sexual behavior problems and sexual abuse isn’t necessarily a factor. 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 program will provide participants with an understanding of sexual behavior problems versus normal sexual development, and ways to respond. 2.5 – 3 hours.
Stewards of Children
This 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. 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. Participants will learn how to develop practices to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 2.5 – 3 hours.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
This workshop on human trafficking 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. 2.5 – 3 hours.
Children and Traumatic Stress
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. Social workers, teachers, counselors and others that plan to work with children in other ways are invited to participate in this informative, program and learn what the impact is to a child’s well-being. 2.5 – 3 hours.
PREVENTION EDUCATION & TRAINING PROGRAMS
Programs for Children
- MBF – Child Safety Matters
Available for Elementary School Grades K-5, Middle School Grades 6-8, and After School (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, coming soon)
A series of comprehensive, primary prevention education programs that effectively educate and empower students, schools, adults, and communities with information and strategies to protect children from bullying, cyberbullying, child abuse, digital abuse, and other digital dangers. Supported by the Florida Department of Education, Florida Office of the Attorney General, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Governor’s Office. Designed with teachers and classrooms, aligns with Common Core Standards and National Health Education Standards, taught in two or three lessons per classroom annually.
For more on Child Safety Matters, see here.
- Safe Dates Program
Available for Grades 7 -12/ Ages 13-17 (1.5 hour program)
This presentation was adapted from materials developed by Hazelden’s, Safe Dates-An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Curriculum; Dr. Laurie Gray, Teaching Children About Consent (NCJTC) and JoinOneLove.Org.
Learning Facilitation: The presentation includes PowerPoint, Video, Lecture, Role Play and Small Group Collaborative Exercises.
The Safe Dating program is a thorough research-based curriculum designed to educate and raise students’ awareness on what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships. Students will learn how to identify and not normalize abusive behaviors. They will understand why people abuse and be better equipped to reject abusive patterns and improve their ability to seek help and or offer help to a friend. Students are given an overview of skills that are necessary to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, conflict resolution and how to question behavioral norms.
Students will engage in guided discussion on the following topics: caring relationships, define dating abuse, gender stereotypes, interpreting signs, consent, sexual boundaries, and how to decrease chances of victimization.
- Child Protection Unit
Available for Kindergarten – Grade 1: 20-25 minute lessons; Grades 2-3: 25-30 minute lessons; Grade 4-5: 35-40 minute lessons
This educational program for children, from Second Step, includes six research-based lessons for each grade level, that teach specific skills children can use to help them stay safe. Although the focus is on child sexual abuse prevention, children will learn skills and rules applicable to a wide range of unsafe situations. Strong assertiveness skills help children effectively report and refuse unsafe and abusive situations; children name their feelings to help recognize possible abuse; and they use self-talk to remember important rules and keep themselves safe. They learn when and how adults can help them keep themselves safe. All grade levels employ educational best practices, age-appropriate content and high-quality multimedia to engage students in learning these important safety skills.
- Boundary Safety
Available for Grades 4-6/Ages 9 – 13 (1-hour program)
This program teaches children how to identify personal boundaries, understand that different situations require different boundaries, and how to respectfully and assertively define and defend personally boundaries with strangers, family or friends. This program engages children through fun, interactive scenarios and role-playing which enables them to easily identify and assert personal boundaries without feelings of shame or guilt.
- Online Safety
Available for Grades 4-5/Ages 9-11; and for Teens Grades 7-12/Ages 13-17 (1.5-hour program, from The NetSmartz Workshop)
This interactive, educational program developed by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children and teens how to be safer on and offline. Safety skills include teaching youth how to practice good digital citizenship by avoiding and reporting inappropriate content, protecting personal information, preventing cyberbullying and how to recognize and prevent other potential internet risks, even personal exploitation, and as well as how to report victimization to a trusted adult.
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation Safety
Available for Grades 6-12/Ages 11-17 (1.5-hour program)
This awareness-raising program for middle and high school students discusses what commercial sexual exploitation is, who it happens to and how. Society’s glamorization of prostitution and pornography is explored along with perceptions of self and others. Resources for kids at risk or involved “in the life” are provided. Materials from the CSEC Community Intervention Program developed by the U.S. Department of Justice and leading U.S. CSEC programs.
Programs for Parents/Caregivers
- Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for Parents & Caregivers as well as service providers and other professionals (3-hour program).
This program provides parents and caregivers background, information and tips for keeping children safe. Using videos, workbook activities and discussion, this nationally recognized, best practice program teaches parents and caregivers how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. How to talk to your child about safety and seven basic precautions parents can take are covered. Parents leave aware, enlightened and empowered, not overcome with fear. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Stewards of Children has been shown effective for increasing and/or improving participants’ knowledge, attitudes and behavior over the long-term. Kristi House educators are certified trainers in this program developed by the Darkness to Light organization.
Download Curriculum Outline for Stewards of Children Course (PDF)
- Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Child Sexual Abuse (2-hour program).
Using a combination of video, presentations and discussion, this program covers what sexual abuse is, who sexual abusers are, how it happens, what the signs and symptoms are, what the long-term consequences are for the abused child and greater society and what steps parents and caregivers can take to prevent it. Curriculum developed by the Child Sexual Abuse Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, funded by SAMHSA.
Programs for Service Providers
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Training –
(3-hour, “CSEC 101” training is geared for staff and volunteers of child-serving organizations and programs)
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) – Language and Sensitivity
- CSEC Related Issues: Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation of Children, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking
- CSEC Risk Factors
- Pathways to Entry
- Addressing Demand
- Identification of CSEC Victims
- Impact of CSEC and Needs of Victims
- Tips for service provision (customized for audience)
- (This training is also appropriate for parents/caregivers.)
Download Curriculum Outline for CSEC Course (PDF)
For more information, visit: http://www.kristihouse.org/human-trafficking-training/
- CSEC Community Intervention Program (3-day intensive program that trains providers to be within-agency trainers)
This three-day training was developed with a U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant by U.S. leading organizations addressing the issue of CSEC—GEMS, Polaris Project, Salvation Army and Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition. It is a “Train the Trainer” model, which allows an entire agency or community to come together around this issue and create sustainability when we leave because they will then have their own trainers. The State of Florida through the Department of Children and Families has approved this training to begin implementation of the Florida Safe Harbor Act with the Project GOLD shelter serving as the testbed and model. Kristi House specialists have delivered it to four Florida communities, and other communities outside of Florida.
- Childhood Trauma Training for Non-clinicians (3-hour training for those working around and with children who have suffered trauma but not delivering counseling or mental health services.)
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. Students preparing to become social workers, teachers, counselors and or 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.
Download Curriculum Outline for Childhood Traumatic Stress Course (PDF)
- Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior (3-hour training for service providers, parents/caregivers)
Some sexual play between young children close in age, such as playing doctor or looking at private parts, is considered normal. However, some children display intrusive, aggressive or coercive sexual behaviors. This is inappropriate and potentially harmful to these children and their peers. Any child can be affected. Both boys and girls might display sexual behavior problems and sexual abuse isn’t necessarily a factor. 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. We know sexual abuse is devastating for the victim, and, if unchecked, leads to a life of perpetrating for the child exhibiting abusive behavior. This program will provide participants with an understanding of sexual behavior problems versus normal sexual development, and ways to respond.
Download Curriculum Outline for Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior Course (PDF)
For more information, please contact Dawn Thompson: DThompson@kristihouse.org, 305-547-6834.