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Child and Adult Advocacy Studies

Child & Adult Advocacy Studies Training

Child & Adult Advocacy Studies

Free K-12 Educators Training
Wednesday, July 12 from 9am to 4pm CDT
USD Sioux Falls – Avera Hall (4801 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls)

Through support from the Department of Education, the University of South Dakota CAASt Program and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment are pleased to host this FREE training! Attendees will participate in six 1-hour sessions, which will cover trauma-informed interventions, multidisciplinary team approaches, youth suicide awareness and prevention, and mandatory reporting. This training fulfills the youth suicide awareness and prevention requirement for educators, as well as five contact hours for continuing education.

Training Agenda:

  • 9:00-9:45am: Child Well-Being in South Dakota
    • Know the risk and protective factors for child maltreatment and identify high-risk populations.
    • Understand the barriers to help-seeking for victimized children.
    • Understand characteristics that increase risk of and protection against suicide.
  • 9:45-10:45am: Child Development & Stress
    • Learn stress effects brain development.
    • Understand physical and mental health effects of violence, neglect, and abuse.
    • Understand the impact of child maltreatment on suicide ideation, attempt, and completion.
  • 10:45-11am: Break
  • 11:00-11:45am: Brain Architecture Game
    • Builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development.
  • 11:45-12:45pm: Lunch Break
    • Lunch on your own. Bring sack lunch, Tacos de Gringo food truck on-site, or lunch offsite.
  • 12:45-1:45pm: A Framework for a Safe & Successful School
    • Identify and propose programs that can promote children’s mental health.
    • Engage diverse school professionals to develop strategies for student needs.
    • Integrate suicide prevention and wellness programs to reduce risk of suicide, violence, and bullying.
  • 1:45-2:45pm: Trauma-Informed Classrooms
    • Enhance understanding of trauma for interpreting behavior of students and responding appropriately.
    • Create a framework for intervention and application.
    • Recognize signs for suicide prevention.
  • 2:45-3:00pm: Break
  • 3:00-4:00pm: School Leaders’ Response to Trauma-Informed Environments
    • Educate community leaders on providing resiliency for students and school personnel.
    • Recognize value of community engagement in responding to maltreatment, and prevention efforts.
    • Developing a protocol for school suicide prevention and post-vention activities.


Jul 12 2023


9:00 am - 4:00 pm


USD-Sioux Falls' Avera Hall
4801 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD