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Trainings & Events

The Governor's Office for Children and Families (GOCF) sponsors several trainings and events throughout the year that may be beneficial for youth, grantees, or other service providers. See below for information and registration for these trainings.

 

Upcoming Events

2014 GOCF Youth Summit

GOCF will host its annual Youth Summit on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at SportsTowne in Macon, Georgia.  The summit’s theme is “Turn Up for Excellence.”  This daylong event is targeted to serve 1,000 middle and high school youth in grades 6 – 12 across the state.  Youth gather for an educational and entertaining summit with local, state, and national speakers who present on a range of positive youth development topics.  For more information about the event and how to register, please see the flyer.

2014 GOCF Youth Summit Flyer

2014 GOCF Youth Summit Youth Registration Form

2014 GOCF Youth Summit Organization Registration Form


Online Trainings

Mandated Reporters: Critical Links in Protecting Children in Georgia

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Every professional working with children is an important part of Georgia's plan to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children. This course is designed to help Georgia mandated reporters recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, their legal obligations related to reporting suspected abuse and neglect and how to make a report.

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Mandated Reporting Requirements: A Track for Georgia Medical Professionals

https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/store/csi_store.cfm/ses_/details.cfm,list,x,x,x,0138/

Certain individuals in Georgia are required by state statutes to report suspected child abuse and neglect. There is a system in place to intervene on behalf of children who may be abused or neglected and to secure their safety. In order for this system to function, however, someone must first identify and refer the children who might be in need of protection. 

This course was written specifically for medical professionals (like doctors and nurses) in frequent contact with children. Medical professionals will learn about their legal responsibility to report suspected abuse and neglect.

Safe Sleep for Georgia Babies

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Keeping children safe is a major priority for every parent, grandparent, child care provider and professional working with parents and children. To support this effort, The First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal, as co-chair of the Georgia Children's Cabinet, has launched a safe sleep campaign to educate parents, grandparents, child care providers and others in the community about safe sleep practices for infants. In this course, we will examine ways to promote safe sleep practices for Georgia infants and reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths.

MyPlate: Helping Children Make Healthy Food Choices

https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/store/csi_store.cfm/ses_/details.cfm,list,x,x,x,10142/

When it comes to nutrition, one size does not fit all. The USDA's MyPlate symbolizes a personalized approach to healthy eating and physical activity. It has been designed to be simple and yet remind us to make healthy food choices and to be active every day. 

This course examines MyPlate as it relates to preschoolers by supporting young children in making healthy food and activity choices every day. 

Essentials of Outdoor Safety

https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/store/csi_store.cfm/ses_/details.cfm,list,x,x,x,10003/

Outdoor play is great for children's health and development, but it also exposes them to different safety risks. Learn about the major causes of outdoor injuries and easy ways you can prevent them at your center or home day care.

Designing an Outdoor Classroom

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Play is important work! In this course, you will be provided with many suggestions to create or improve on your outdoor play environment.

The common goal of all these suggestions is to create a safe environment that supports healthy development and imaginative and creative play. Your role in this outdoor classroom is not to "teach a lesson" at every play break, but to encourage, facilitate, and observe. If you build it, they will learn!

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: The Gateway to Reading Success

https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/store/csi_store.cfm/ses_/details.cfm,list,x,x,x,10119/

Preschool teachers and parents are critically important in helping young children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. However, there is a core deficit that causes some young children problems in learning to read. That core deficit is in phonemic awareness. This course will provide participants with an understanding of phonemic awareness, how it develops in young children, and which phonemic awareness skills teachers should help young children acquire.


Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

The updated Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training registration link has training dates and locations for 2013-2014 and is linked below

Stewards Training Dates and Registration


Trainings By Request

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Training for Mental Health Providers
Contact Kristy Carter to request training

This training for service providers, especially child and adolescent mental health providers, is intended to increase awareness of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and the needs of the victims. Participants in this training will gain an increased understanding about CSEC by learning how to define CSEC and CSEC victims, identifying potential CSEC victims, identifying children at risk for being sexually exploited, and identifying pathways for children to become CSEC victims. After completion of training, participants will be able to define “choice” in terms of children’s involvement in the commercial sex industry, define trauma bonds and describe how they affect victims of CSEC, identify the needs of CSEC victims, identify community resources for potential victims, identify ways that a system of care can increase the chances of identifying and successfully treating CSEC victims. Additionally, upon completion of training, participants will have learned how to identify opportunities for intervention with CSEC victims, how to identify guidelines for appropriate and effective engagement with CSEC victims, how to identify possible treatment strategies for CSEC victims, and be able to describe challenges inherent in providing services and programming to commercially sexually exploited children and youth.  Trainings are offered free of charge to participants. Per approval from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), trainings are eligible for six hours of continuing education credits for social workers and counselors practicing in Georgia upon the completion of the training evaluation. CEUs are provided free of charge to participants.

For more information or to request a training, please contact Kristy Carter at Kristy.Carter@children.ga.gov or call 404-656-5188.


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Training for Law Enforcement Professionals
Contact Kristy Carter to request training

This specific training is intended for professionals within the law enforcement field to raise awareness and skill in working with victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Police officers and law enforcement personnel will be trained on how to recognize and intervene with CSEC victims and their abusers through a curriculum that allows them to learn about applicable state and federal laws related to CSEC. Participants will also learn the CSEC risk factors, pathways to entry, how CSEC impacts victims, the prevalence of CSEC, and the best practices for investigating CSEC. Participants will be educated on the available resources in Georgia and how to connect victims with services so they receive the treatment and legal advocacy they need. Furthermore, these trainings highlight the critical role that law enforcement plays when it comes to combating CSEC, protecting victims, and bringing their abusers to justice. Trainings are offered free of charge to participants. As approved by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia, P.O.S.T. Credits will be provided free of charge to participants.

For more information or to request a training, please contact Kristy Carter at Kristy.Carter@children.ga.gov or call 404-656-5188.


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children CSEC 101 Workshop for General Audiences

Contact Kristy Carter to request training

This 3-hour workshop is designed to educate and raise awareness for general audiences about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). This workshop will address the Who? What? When? How? and Why? questions that many individuals have regarding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. Participants will learn truths about the victims of CSEC and how CSEC affects our communities and children. Participants will also learn more about the exploiters and buyers, which agencies in Georgia work with victims of CSEC, legal aspects of CSEC in Georgia, and what they can do in their own communities to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Trainings are offered free of charge to participants. Continuing education credits may be available upon request.

For more information or to request a training, please contact Kristy Carter at Kristy.Carter@children.ga.gov or call 404-656-5188.


Web-based Training Series for Georgia Healthcare Professionals on Child Sex Trafficking

This web-based training series is presented by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. It aims to educate Georgia professionals in healthcare related fields on sex trafficking of children and teens. The series includes five individual modules which are presented via live webinars. Interested professionals may attend any webinar. The modules do not need to be completed in order; however we recommend that learners with limited knowledge of this topic complete the Introduction module prior to others in the series. Each module is individually approved for continuing education credits for Georgia medical providers, nurses, and emergency medical service personnel. Modules 1, 3, & 5 offer continuing education credits for social workers. Participants must complete the post-training evaluation for each webinar they attend in order to receive continuing education credits. All webinars are free.

For more information on these trainings, please contact Kristy Carter at Kristy.Carter@children.ga.gov or call 404-656-5188.

To register for these trainings, follow link below:
http://www.choa.org/csecwebinars


Steps To Take To Request Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Trainings Through the Governor’s Office for Children and Families

Thank you for your interest in Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) trainings through the Governor’s Office for Children and Families. The Governor’s Office for Children and Families offers five different trainings for professionals, including Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Medical, and a CSEC 101 Workshop for General Audiences. The curricula for each of the five different trainings have been rigorously developed based on extensive research of the latest trends, current laws, and best practices in each profession regarding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Descriptions of each specific training can be found below.

Steps to take if you are interested in hosting a Law Enforcement,  Mental Health, Medical, or CSEC 101 Workshop for General Audiences training in your organization or community:

  • Prior to contacting the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF), please have the following details in place:
    • Which training are you requesting? (Law Enforcement,  Mental Health, Medical, or CSEC 101 Workshop for General Audiences)
    • How many individuals are interested in participating in the training? In order to make the trainings worthwhile, the Governor’s Office for Children and Families requires at least 20 individuals to participate in the trainings.
    • Have two or three dates in mind for the day you would like the training to occur.
    • Have specific times that you would like the training to begin and end.
    • Have a location for the training to take place that can accommodate your participants.
  • After each of these details are in place, please contact Kristy Carter with the Governor’s Office for Children and Families at Kristy.Carter@children.ga.gov or 404-656-5188 to request the training for Medical, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, or the CSEC 101 Workshop for General Audiences.
  • Once the request has been received, GOCF will contact one of our approved and contracted trainers to schedule the training. Once the trainer is confirmed, GOCF will finalize the details of the training with the requesting party.
  • GOCF will register for continuing education credits for participants, if applicable, to receive after completion of the training evaluation at the end of the training.
  • GOCF will prepare all of the materials needed for the training, which will be sent with the contracted trainer on the day of the training.

The Governor’s Office for Children and Families offers these trainings and continuing education credits to participants free of charge. To request a Medical, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, or CSEC 101 Workshop for General Audiences, please contact Kristy Carter with the Governor’s Office for Children and Families at Kristy.Carter@children.ga.gov or 404-656-5188.