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August 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Join Us: Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
  • Poverty Simulation Experience Aug 31 – Open to Public
  • CIP August Registration
  • Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Sexual Assault Victims Aug 16
  • Child & Adult Advocacy Studies Certificate
  • CPCM Happenings

Join Us October 5-6

Registration is open for the Community Response to Child Abuse Conference. This year’s conference will feature sessions from Victor Vieth of Zero Abuse and Nathan Earl of giantslayer.

Professional Registration: $150
Student Registration: $75
On-Demand Registration is available for those unable to attend in-person and will provide access to a minimum of 12 recorded conference sessions in an online training library published upon conference completion.


  • 15+ unique breakout sessions options provided by local and regional leaders.
  • 3 general sessions feature national experts and current best-practices.
  • In 2022, 52 communities from 37 South Dakota counties attended and 800 learning hours were completed through on-demand portal.

Conference Site: https://sdcpcm.com/conference

Join Us August 31 for Poverty Simulation Experience

Thursday, August 31
9:00am to 10:30am
USD-Sioux Falls Campus
Free and open to public

This activity is designed to allow participants to experience and gain insights into the complex issues associated with poverty. We all know that you cannot truly “escape” poverty in 90 minutes, but can you survive a day in the life of someone in the crisis of poverty? In the Poverty Escape Room, participants can gain a glimpse into the obstacles and barriers that individuals in poverty encounter on a daily basis and reflect on their experience with other participants. The goal is to foster awareness and understanding of the impact of poverty on the individuals and families we interact with regularly. The Poverty Escape Room also serves as a starting point for conversations on how we can collectively support and empower those living in poverty.

Attendance will be limited to the first 45 registrants.

Trainer: Angie Lynch, Family Engagement Learning Specialist, South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center, Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

This training is being offered through the WIC Community Innovation and Outreach (WIC-CIAO) Project. You can learn more about this effort at https://sdcpcm.com/wic.

Court Improvement Program

The August CIP Session will take place on Wednesday, August 30 at 12:00 pm CST. The session will feature Value of Family Voice in System’s Work. Register now to attend and receive the session recording.

Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Sexual Assault Victims

In partnership with SD Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, we invite you to join us on August 16 for this online training session.

This training will focus on enhancing practices in supporting victims of sexual assault associated with the untested rape kit initiative. Attendees will analyze how trauma affects victims physiologically, broaden their knowledge in using trauma-responsive approaches and victim-centered support, hear first-hand experience from a Victim-Advocate’s perspective on how to increase victim engagement and rapport-building and explore methods to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Learn more on the SANE Learning Collaborative.

Child & Adult Advocacy Studies

In a new article from Public News Service, Child & Adult Advocacy Studies Director, Kelly Bass, and recent certificate graduate, Tifanie Petro, provided an update on recent results from CAASt graduates and national recognition for the curriculum.

Click here to learn more about the CAASt certificate and the enrollment process for the next cohort.

CPCM Happenings

As a WIC CIAO grant recipient, CPCM and our partners have attended several Sioux Falls-area community events in the last month. This collaboration aims to raise awareness through innovative outreach strategies, program modernization efforts, and reducing program delivery disparities. Connecting parents to concrete resources can help ensure a strong start for children and increase overall family functioning.

Upcoming community events with WIC outreach include:
Aug 9 at SD Urban Indian Health
Aug 14 at St. Lambert’s School
Aug 17 at Hayward Park
Aug 19 at Celebrating Families
Oct 7 at Sioux Empire Smiles
Oct 7 at Feria de Salud

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners attended a Clinical Skills Lab hosted at Western Dakota Tech’s Medical Simulation Center in July. This training provides clinical practice to nurses who are new SANEs or SANEs who have not had the opportunity to perform many exams.

30 area educators attended a free Child & Adult Advocacy Studies training last month. We’ll be joining several area school districts in the next few months with this learning opportunity. This training provides school personnel with knowledge for working in school multidisciplinary teams and discussion on the perceived barriers to implementing trauma-informed approaches.