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December 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • CPCM Welcomes Chrissie Young
  • State of SD Children’s Well-Being: Overview of Violence Prevention Risk and Protective Factors
  • CIP January Registration
  • SANE Courtroom Testimony Recording
  • WIC CIAO Training Opportunities
  • CPCM Happenings

CPCM Welcomes Chrissie Young

Young Named Director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Chrissie Young has been named as the next director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) at the University of South Dakota.

Young will be responsible for providing administrative oversight and effective leadership to the CPCM, a public service center established at USD within the School of Health Sciences in 2017 per Jolene’s Taskforce recommendation. The purpose of the center is to deliver statewide education and training, outreach, and research resources and services geared towards eliminating child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Dakota.

Young holds an M.S. in human services administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska and is skilled in program, policy and advocacy and relationship management. Most recently, she served as chief operations officer for the Grossmann Law Firm, and is vice president on the executive board for Siouxland Mental Health Center executive board of directors. In addition, she has served as VP of Operations and Administration at Avalon Capital Group and was the Director of In Home Family Services at Boys Town Iowa for several years.

“Young is a dedicated professional with a track record of the effective leadership, administration and strategic thinking that is necessary for the success and sustainability of the CPCM,” said School of Health Sciences Dean Haifa Abou Samra.

“We are so excited for Young to join CPCM,” confirmed Taylor Rehfeldt, chair of the CPCM board of directors. “Her background is impressive with a skillset that includes advocacy and relationship building. I look forward to watching her develop and sustain CPCMs goal to stop child maltreatment and promote resilient families.”

Young began work at the CPCM on Nov. 1, 2023.

The State of South Dakota Children’s Well-being: 2023 Report

Children who witness violence or live in homes or communities where violence is prevalent are at a higher risk for experiencing violence themselves or perpetrating violence against themselves or others. South Dakota youth are experiencing violence, witnessing violence, and perpetrating violence against themselves and others; however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most victims of violence do not act violently. The Overview of Violence Prevention Risk and Protective Factors data brief highlights shared risk factors and protective factors that influence the likelihood of becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence.

Court Improvement Program

The November CIP session, Understanding Psychosexual Assessments of Adult Offenders is now available to view.

Join us on Wednesday, January 31 for Child & Family Services Review & Data-Driven Processes presented by Ashley Asmus, Pam Bennett, and Sara Sheppick; SD Department of Social Services.

SANE Courtroom Testimony: Instruction for SANEs, Prosecutors, and Advocates

The three online session recordings are now available for viewing. This training provided SANEs an overview of the courtroom process and roles and strategies for effective testimony. Attorneys gained insight into the role of SANEs and the information they can provide in the testimony process.

Poverty Simulation Opportunity

Thursday, December 7 | 9:00am to 10:30am | USD-Sioux Falls Avera Hall

This activity is designed to allow participants to experience and gain insights into the complex issues associated with 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 Poverty Escape Room also serves as a starting point for conversations on how we can collectively support and empower those living in poverty.

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

Cultural Awareness Online Training

Service providers working with families with young children in the Sioux Falls-area are invited by CPCM and LSS to a free online training series. Full session details and registration is available at SDCPCM.com/WIC

Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm | Zoom Session
12/19: Refugee Settlement 101
1/16: Diversity Panel
2/6: Cross-Cultural Communication
2/20: Working with Interpreters
3/5: Culturally Competent Outreach and Engagement

Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Zoom Session
12/7: Cultural Awareness – Relating to Norms and Understanding Values
1/4: Refugee Resettlement 101 and Diversity Panel
1/18: Cross-Cultural Communication and Working with Interpreters
2/1: Culturally Competent Outreach and Engagement

Conference On Demand Portal

The on-demand portal for the Community Response to Child Abuse conference is now live. All in-person and on-demand registrants received access instructions on November 2.

The portal provides access to 9 recorded sessions, including:

  • Family First Prevention Services Act Preview
  • From Self-Care to Organizational Care: This is an “us” conversation
  • Jurisdictional Challenges and Solutions in the Prosecution of Child Abuse and Exploitation

Visit https://sdcpcm.com/news/conference/registration/ to register for portal access.

CPCM Happenings

Beth Bruggeman and Alex Van Voorhis have accepted Program Coordinator positions with Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment.

Resilient Communities Springfield will be hosting a free, trauma-informed community training, “What are ACEs?” on Tuesday, December 5.