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July 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Resilient Communities: ACE Interface Presenter Training Held
  • CAASt Training Offered July 12
  • Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
  • SANE Cultural Competency Training
  • CIP June Recording
  • CPCM Happenings

Resilient Communities: ACE Interface Presenter Training Held

Facilitating teams and community members from Brookings County, Codington County, Moody County, Springfield and Yankton participated in a hub training opportunity, providing Resilient Community participants a chance to become ACE Interface Presenter trained while connecting with others and sharing ideas for how to raise community capacity to know about, respond to, and prevent childhood adversity and maltreatment.

Over 30 attendees received a 6-hour training course on ACE Interface. Participants acquired the skills needed to present ACE Interface curriculum and to provide other information about Adverse Childhood Experiences within their own communities. Participants also received the materials needed in order to provide data and information in a way that their community members can easily understand.

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Child & Adult Advocacy Studies

The Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) training program was created to provide education professionals with the tools necessary to advocate for children and adults in need while learning to work in interprofessional settings to overcome barriers associated with rurality, funding, and lack of services. CAASt programming creates trauma-informed advocates who can use critical thinking skills to align services, improve system collaboration, and identify resources to meet the unique needs of the children and families being served.

CAASt Training Opportunities:
CAASt K-12 Training: 5-hour training provides school personnel with knowledge for working in school multidisciplinary teams and discussion on the perceived barriers to implementing trauma-informed approaches. Includes mandatory reporting, youth suicide prevention, multidisciplinary approaches, and trauma-informed interventions.

CAASt Vicarious Trauma Training for Educators: 2-hour training provides school personnel with information about vicarious trauma and tools to practice self-care.

CAASt K-12 In-Person Training: Free training opportunity Wednesday, July 12 from 9am to 4pm at USD Sioux Falls. Attendees will participate in six 1-hour sessions. Registration is required.

Visit https://SDCPCM.com/CAASt-Training to learn more and request a training date for your community’s educators.

Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

Registration Open

Join us for the Community Response to Child Abuse Conference: October 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. This year’s conference will feature sessions from Victor Vieth of Zero Abuse and Nathan Earl of giantslayer.

Professional Registration: $150
Early Bird Registration: $125 (Deadline is July 31)
Student Registration: $75


  • 15+ unique breakout sessions provided by local and regional leaders.
  • 3 general sessions feature national experts and current best-practices.
  • 8+ hours of continuing education unit certificates available through conference attendance. Minimum of 12 sessions and corresponding CEUs to be available through on-demand portal.
  • In 2022, 52 communities from 37 South Dakota counties attended and 800 learning hours were completed through on-demand portal.

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.

Cultural Competency & Considerations

Join us July 19 as we discuss how cultural competencies and considerations can help us view differences as positives instead of challenges or obstacles.

This session is designed for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, but open to all multidisciplinary professionals. Learn more on the SANE Learning Collaborative.

CPCM Happenings

USD’s Child & Adult Advocacy Studies program has received national recognition from the United States Public Health Service and Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) as honorable mention for our work in the development and integration of realistic cases into an interprofessional simulation to enhance the CAASt Graduate Certificate program at the University of South Dakota. CPCM Board Member and CAASt Instructor, Dr. Shana Cerny attended a recent conference to receive the acknowledgement.

The federal COVID-19 public health emergency may be over, but there is lingering concern about the mental state of children. In South Dakota, a pre-pandemic program pulling communities together to prevent youth adversity, is taking flight amid these concerns. – Public News Service recently highlighted the work of Resilient Communities.

As a WIC CIAO grant recipient, CPCM and our partners were at the Juneteenth event in Sioux Falls, spreading the word about WIC. 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 WIC community outreach events will take place at community block parties. You’ll be able to find us from 6-8 p.m. at the following days and locations:
July 6 at Granite Valley Park
July 20 at Meldrum Park
Aug 1 at Emerson Park
Aug 17 at Hayward Park