We are pleased to offer a continuing training series designed for school professionals to aid in creating a trauma-informed, resilient setting. The five-hour training will be held each fall and spring. The training incorporates many of the principals and objectives found in the new Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) certificate program at USD. It can be taken in a five-hour time block but is broken down into one-hour modules.

A special thank you to the SD Department of Education for their support through the Project Aware grant. The training is free to all attendees and continuing education units will be available.

Supporting South Dakota Children’s Return to School

The USD Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) certificate program and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) are pleased to offer a 5-hour CAASt webinar series to support the work of school staff seeking to create trauma-informed school settings. The webinar uses CAASt competencies to provide school personnel with applicable knowledge for working in multidisciplinary teams within the school. As a result, the CAASt webinar series will increase the universal knowledge, training, and competencies of school personnel and discuss perceived barriers to implementing trauma-informed care among school staff.

Looking for more information about the CAASt webinar series?

Email [email protected] for information on how to bring the CAASt webinar series to your school district. 

Training Topics:

  1. Child Abuse & Neglect in South Dakota
  2. Child Development and Stress
  3. A Framework for Safe and Successful School
  4. Trauma Informed Classrooms
  5. School Leaders’ Response in Trauma Informed Environments

The following professionals will facilitate the training:


Dr. Kelly Bass, DSW, LCSW-PIP, ACS

University of South Dakota, MSW Program Director

Dr. Shana Cerny, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

University of South Dakota, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Kari Oyen, PhD, LP, NCSP

University of South Dakota, Assistant Professor of School Psychology in Education

Carrie Sanderson, JD, MPA

University of South Dakota, Director for the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment


To register in advance for the CAASt webinar series, please visit:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar series.

For any additional questions, please contact the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at [email protected]. Thank you!