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June 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • CPCM Collaborates for WIC Outreach
  • CAASt Training Offered July 12
  • Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
  • Court Improvement Program June Training
  • CPCM Happenings

CPCM Receives WIC CIAO Grant

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM), a center of the University of South Dakota, has been awarded a $1 million grant to implement a WIC Community Innovation and Outreach Project (WIC CIAO). WIC CIAO is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and aims to support efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative outreach strategies to increase awareness, participation, and benefit redemption in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and reduce disparities in program delivery.

“Too many women and children in South Dakota are missing out on the nutrition they need in order to thrive,” said Darla Biel, interim director of the CPCM. “We are proud to be part of this critical initiative to identify new ways of connecting people to WIC. Overall, the WIC program aligns with several child abuse prevention strategies by providing support and education to parents, strengthening families, building social connections, screening for risk factors, and providing parenting support.”

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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

Mark your calendar for the 23rd Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference: October 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Sponsorship Opportunities: support the effort to end child maltreatment as a conference sponsor.

Exhibitor Opportunities: share your organization’s services and resources with 500+ conference attendees.

June 15: MDT Response to Victim Services Training

Make plans to attend the MDT Response to Victim Services training, held in-person (limited to first 40 registrants) and online on Thursday, June 15.

The session will feature Rock Your Talk, presented by Tracy Palecek:

Words are important! We will learn the newest research-based methods for effective communication with all the complex humans in our lives. You will master the art of difficult conversations through methods including script writing, individual and group meeting structure and regulating your own emotions before speaking. These techniques are perfect to bring back to your team to improve workplace culture. Ideal for those in law enforcement, mental health, medical, child protection services, youth serving organizations and more.

Learn more at: https://chssd.org/calendar/event/150101

Court Improvement Program

The June CIP Session will take place on Wednesday, June 28 at 12:00 pm CST. The session will feature Senator Tim Reed and Representative Taylor Rehfeldt presenting 2023 Legislative Update. Register now to attend and receive the session recording.

CPCM Happenings

CPCM and the Hennepin County Health Care Sexual Assault Response Team from Minneapolis co-hosted more than a dozen regional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at the USD Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation for a clinical skills lab.

CPCM attended the Community Health Workers Conference held in Sioux Falls. The conference brought together more than 300 area community health workers, supervisors, and colleagues.

Members of the CPCM team participated in Henry’s Run held at the end of April, an event supporting Child’s Voice.