Courses

The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC) offers free and low-cost educational opportunities for professionals, community members and front-line providers through our Education Academy.  Our education focuses on increasing awareness and promoting understanding of child abuse and neglect.  All CACSC trainings promote collaboration through a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse.

All CACSC trainings are customizable for individual audiences. If we are unable to fulfill a training request, we will make every effort to put you in contact with an alternate training provider. If you have questions or would like training on a topic not listed below please contact Lori Chandler at lchandler@cacsckansas.org or 316-660-9496.

Most educational opportunities are available virtually or in person at our facility or yours.

Certificates of attendance provided. BSRB and KDHE CEUs are approved for many of our courses (check the listings below).

Spanish training is available for some of our courses.

Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Participants who have RSVP’d for the class will be notified of the cancellation via email.

Shortcut to courses (by title):

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children

(Español) Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children

Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Mandated Reporter – Protecting Children: Recognizing & Responding to Child Abuse

Connections Matter – 4 Hour Session

Connections Matter – 2 Hour Session


Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children® is an evidence-based prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We know that when adults are informed, they take steps to protect children from sexual abuse. During the award-winning Steward of Children prevention training, you will hear from survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You will hear from experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis. Lastly, you will find concrete steps that you can take to protect the children in your life.  Stewards of Children is the flagship prevention program by Darkness to Light (D2L).

CEUs: Approved nationally/KDHE Childcare Licensing approved hours. BSRB approved.

Target Audience: Parents, youth-serving organizations and educators that wish to train staff and volunteers in child sexual abuse prevention and/or enhance child protection policies and procedures, anyone who wants to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children.

Upcoming Dates:

Coming Soon

(Español) Darkness to Light – Que es Stewards of Children

Con el sueño de un mundo donde los niños puedan crecer felices, sanos y a salvo, Darkness to Light se compromete a facultar a las personas para prevenir el abuso sexual de menores. Creemos que la protección de los niños es responsabilidad de los adultos y que gracias a la educación y la capacitación, estarán facultados para actuar.

CEUs: Aprobado a nivel nacional/KDHE Aprobado Licencias de Cuidado Infantil

Publico que se beneficia: Padres, miembros de la comunidad y cualquier persona que trabaja con niños.

Fechas Siguientes:

Miercoles, Noviembre, 17, 2021 6:00-800pm (via Zoom)


Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. This one-hour documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” examines into the science of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. The film is followed by a facilitated discussion to enhance understanding of childhood trauma.

CEUs: This training is approved by KDHE for 2 child care licensing hours. BSRB approved.

Target Audience: Parents, foster parents and other adults, especially those that coach, counsel, or otherwise work with children or provide youth-based services. This includes but is not limited to educators, medical staff, law enforcement, victim advocates, therapists, childcare providers, youth sports personnel and youth group leaders.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, 6:00-8:00pm (via Zoom) Presented by Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick county

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2020 9:30-11:30am (via Zoom) Presented by Kansas Children’s Service League

Protecting Children: Recognizing & Responding

What does it mean to be a mandated reporter? Many professionals who work with children are required by Kansas law to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Participants will learn about Kansas child abuse and neglect laws; behavioral and physical indicators of child maltreatment; when to make a report; what information is needed; definitions and different types of abuse; what happens after a report is made; and the long-term effects from adverse childhood experiences.

CEUs: This training is approved by KDHE for child care licensing hours. BSRB approved.

Target Audience: Any professional or volunteer required by Kansas law to be a mandated reporter.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm (via Zoom) Presented by Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County


Connections Matter (4 hour session)

Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, relationships help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. Connections Matter is a training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma, and understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma. Connections Matter explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact our brain’s ability to grow and our own abilities to cope and thrive. This is done through a training curriculum that educates participants on adverse childhood experiences, trauma, brain development and resilience. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed. This training is pre-approved for 4.0 KDHE child care licensing hours. Both parts must be attended in order to receive a certificate. Partial credit cannot be provided.

CEUs: This training is approved by KDHE for child care licensing hours. BSRB approved.

Connections Matter (2 – 2 hour sessions)

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm (via Zoom) & Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm (via Zoom)

Other trainings available upon request include:

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC)

What is the CACSC?  This presentation provides an overview of the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County and the importance of the multi-disciplinary team approach in combating child abuse and neglect.  It is important to understand the facts as well as the social and economic impact of child abuse on children, families, and communities.


Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC) Tour

Join us for a guided tour of the CACSC.  You will see our child-friendly environment and learn about all of the professionals that work together to provide a health, hope, healing, and justice to victims of child abuse in our community. 

No Hit Zone

No Hit Zones promote healthy relationships and safe environments across the lifespan through various strategies that influence change in attitudes and behaviors. The four identified strategies for change include individual and environmental approaches to raise awareness, provide education and foster necessary skills for positive outcomes.

Online Safety

Parents, caregivers and educators remain the first line of defense in protecting children against the potential dangers lurking online.  This presentation is designed to educate, equip and empower adults with the knowledge and resources needed to help protect children from online dangers including predators, cyber bullies and threats related to gaming, social networking and mobile devices.

Human Trafficking (HT)/Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC)

Discover the root cause of human trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation and how preventing sexual abuse is vital to reducing the risk of child sexual exploitation.  We will discuss indicators of exploitation, tactics used by offenders, the impact on victims, and the myths vs. reality. 

Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB)

No clear line separates normative from problematic sexual behavior. Sexual behavior in childhood and adolescence occurs on a continuum, from typical, to concerning, to problematic. In this presentation, you will hear from professionals who work with children with problematic sexual behaviors and their families on a daily basis.  Participants will learn the facts, misconceptions, and prevalence of problematic sexual behaviors.

Breaking Down Silos: Building a Strong Multidisciplinary Team

How can we collaborate to meet the needs of the children and families we serve?  This presentation defines the roles of various community agencies involved in protecting children and provides actionable approaches to build a strong multidisciplinary team response.

Child Development and Sexual Behaviors

In this training we discuss developmental phases by age, normal and abnormal sexual behaviors, continuum of sexual behavior in children, common physical & behavior indicators, misconceptions vs. current findings, and what caregivers can do to prevent sexual abuse.

Boost Your Competitive Edge

Business/Organization leaders who recognize people as their greatest competitive advantage have taken the first step to setting their employees and themselves up for success. The stress employees feel outside of work joins them in the office.  This presentation provides actions organizations can take to ensure a healthier and more productive workforce, now and into the next generation. 

Working Together to Protect Children (MDT Approach to Child Abuse Investigations)

This presentation provides information about the multidisciplinary approach to ending child abuse and neglect.  Each agencies roles and responsibilities are critical for effective collaboration on cases. The CACSC brings together professionals to support families impacted by child abuse through coordinated multidisciplinary response and care.  Participants will hear from a panel of professionals from multiple agencies.

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