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Olympia Area Advanced Practice Association

Upcoming Darkness to Light training on July 20

Posted about 1 year ago by Pat Sonnenstuhl

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Dear Community Leader,

Statistics suggest that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Ninety percent of children who are sexually abused are violated by someone they know and trust. This includes youth leaders of all types: teachers, coaches, ministers, mentors, counselors, and parents.

Providence St Peters Hospital’s The Sexual Assault Clinic in collaboration with Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center is pleased to announce an important new prevention program in the greater Thurston County area: Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention program. This program takes a direct and comprehensive approach to the problem of sexual abuse within youth-serving organizations. A compelling video, the core of the curriculum, includes the stories of several courageous individuals who were victims of sexual abuse as children and who have contributed a great deal of time and effort as adults toward ending the cycle of abuse. The video also has input from various professionals such as law enforcement, social workers, faith leaders and others.

This program is ideal for the training of staff and volunteers in youth-serving organizations; it is also appropriate for the parents of children served by these organizations. Monarch has authorized facilitators, who have been fully equipped to implement this program. The facilitators will lead a 2 hour training session, including a discussion of the information presented in the video. Each participant also receives two pieces of curriculum, a workbook and Darkness to Light's 5 Steps to Protecting our Children.

Our authorized facilitator is also able to guide organizations through the development of sexual abuse prevention policies and procedures. Both the training and the policies and procedures are important steps toward creating environments that are safe for children.

Sexual abuse has enormous costs: Children are hurt, the reputations of organizations are destroyed, and insurance settlements are astronomical. Your organization can't afford to ignore it: Protect their only Childhood.

The Providence St Peter Hospital’s Sexual Assault and Child Maltreatment Clinic has received a grant that allows us to offer this education to community groups free of charge.  We will cover all materials cost and provide facilitators, usually a clinician and medical social worker or counselor who specializes in the field of childhood abuse.

Contact hours are available for social workers, certified counselors and registered nurses.

Contact Providence St. Peter Hospital Sexual Assault Clinic at 360-493-5736 or visit the D2L.org website for more information. http://www.d2l.org/

Attached is the flyer for the upcoming Darkness to Light training on July 20 at Providence St. Peters Hospital.

We hope to see you there!

Angela Price, MDIV
Education Outreach Coordinator
Providence St. Peter Hospital
Sexual Assault and Child Maltreatment Center
360-493-7469 (clinic)
360-493-5736 (direct)
360-459-2023 (fax)

Check out Darkness To Light Training  http://www.d2l.org/