Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children Facilitator Training – Scholarships Available – Oct 24TH

| September 17, 2014

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.
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Date: Friday, October 24, 2014 – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: FUSD Family Resource Center 4000 N Cummings St Flagstaff
Cost: $350.00:
*Limited scholarships available to participants who will provide at least two workshops per year in their community; complete and return THIS APPLICATION
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Darkness 2 Light, Stewards of Children is an evidence based program that raises the awareness of sexual abuse.
If 10% of a community is trained, the incidence of abuse in that community decreases because there is simply more awareness, more reporting, and less opportunity.

What is the magnitude of the problem?
FACT: Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people realize.
*   Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences.2
*   About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday*.1
*   About one in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18*.1
*   This year, there will be about 400,000* babies born in the U.S. that will become victims of child sexual abuse unless we do something to stop it.1
FACT: Even with declining rates of sexual abuse, the public is not fully aware of the magnitude of the problem.
• The primary reason is that only about 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they have been sexually abused.5,6 Some never disclose.7,8
• There are also privacy issues surrounding cases of child sexual abuse. For instance, public police reports do not name the victim, and most media concerns have a policy that precludes naming victims.
FACT: Most people think of adult rape as a crime of great proportion and significance, and are unaware that children are victimized at a much higher rate than adults.
• Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.9,10 Youths have higher rates of sexual assault victimization than do adults. In 2000, the rate for youths aged 12 to 17 was 2.3 times higher than for adults. 53
• 44% of rapes with penetration occur to children under age 18. Victims younger than 12 accounted for 15% of those raped, and another 29% of rape victims were between 12 and 17. 10,11

The facilitator training is an 8 hour class and costs $350 to attend.  We have a grant to provide scholarships for up to 12 people to attend the facilitator training.  We are offering a class here in Flagstaff on October 24th.
Once trained, the facilitators would get a voucher for training materials for 10 students.  In the past we have sought outside funding to cover the cost of more books (i.e. a grant from APS to pay for 40 books for a class).  Some agencies will also pay for books for their staff (daycares, churches, etc.).

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An authorized Facilitator is an individual who has been trained by Darkness to Light to deliver the Stewards of Children training program to adults in their organization or community. Facilitators are advocates for keeping children safe from sexual abuse and are key to spreading the prevention message.

Who Should Become a Facilitator?
Typically, someone becomes trained as a Facilitator for two reasons:
*   They work or volunteer for an organization that wants to hold regular Stewards of Children training session, perhaps to train the organization’s staff and volunteers, perhaps to offer training to the community.
*   They want to start or be involved in a prevention initiative in their community and offer the Stewards of Children training program to a variety of individuals and organizations.
How Do I Become a Facilitator?
To become an Authorized Facilitator, you must attend a Facilitator Workshop. These train-the-trainer workshops are held regularly in cities across the country. The cost of the workshop is $350 and includes:
*   7 hours of instruction, approved for CE credit by the National Association of Social Workers and the National Board for Certified Counselors. (CE credit for other professions may apply but it is the responsibility of the facilitator to determine requirements and submit any required applications.)
*   Instruction on the philosophy and purpose of the Stewards of Children curriculum, mastery of the training curriculum, preparation for and promoting the program, and facilitator policies and procedures.
*   All training materials including a Facilitator Manual, a Stewards of Children workbook, DVD, and 5 Steps booklet.
*   It is highly recommended that prior to attending a Facilitator Workshop, you first participate in a Stewards of Children training session or complete the online version of the program also available on our website.
What Skills Are Needed to be a Facilitator?
Facilitators model the core principals of Stewards of Children in the community by talking openly about child sexual abuse and engaging adults in the discussion. It takes courage and commitment to increase people’s knowledge and to change attitudes about child sexual abuse. While teaching or training experience is not required, you must feel comfortable speaking and presenting in front of large audiences. Good presentation, listening, and communication skills are all critically important in being an effective facilitator.
In addition, you should consider how talking about this issue regularly and openly in public will affect you personally. It is difficult to hear personal stories of abuse. You must be prepared to be immersed in the topic without it having a negative or traumatic effect on you. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse this is an especially important consideration.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Facilitator?

*   Schedule and facilitate Stewards of Children sessions, training at least 25 adults per quarter.
*   Purchase training materials for each person you train. The cost of each Interactive Workbook is $10. Facilitators are authorized to charge speaking and/or material fees beyond the $10 per person to cover time and expenses.
*   Sign a facilitator agreement accepting all facilitator policies and agree to a background check.
Once authorized, Facilitators have access to a Facilitator Only section of our website where you will find useful resources and the opportunity to connect with Facilitators who are making prevention happen in their communities.

Darkness to Light is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPtm) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program

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