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Equipping South Carolina to prevent child abuse and neglect

Our training and professional development opportunities give child-serving professionals the tools they need. We offer a diverse set of learning opportunities from statewide conferences to specialized sessions on a focused curriculum.


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Addressing challenging behaviors and troubled parent-child interactions

Learn about parental development and attachment, understanding child and adolescent development, meaning and motivation of behavior, approaches to responding to troubled parent-child interactions, and tools for addressing challenging behaviors and attachment issues.

This training is open to all child-serving professionals, including staff at Department of Social Services, foster parents, guardian ad litem, child care providers, kinship care providers, and CASA workers.


Applying the protective factors to your work

This training will provide a deeper look at the protective factors framework and allow for a facilitated discussion with the audience to consider alignment of current program/practices to the protective factors.

What are protective factors?

Protective factors serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children find resources, supports and coping strategies so that they can parent more effectively, even under stress. When present, the protective factors increase the health and well-being of children and families.

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Introduction to early childhood growth and development 101

Learn more about growth and development in early childhood with a focus on building a healthy brain, developing social-emotional skills, and understanding temperaments.

Participants will receive an introduction to the anatomy and functions of the brain of very young children, a better understanding of how to observe and support social and emotional developmental needs, and ways to find the right individual fit in working with a few temperament types of children.


General protective factors training

Developed by the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds, this approach helps child welfare systems, early education and other programs working with parents to build protective factors.

The protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families.


Moving from reaction to relationship: supporting teens in positive behavior and decision-making

Both typically-developing adolescents and those whose development has been impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may struggle significantly with decision-making and planning skills. Using decision-making models and planning tools can help professionals aid the teens that they work with in talking through problems, identifying possible resolutions, and reinforcing skills that will help with addressing similar issues in the future.


Understanding and responding to culture in work with families

This session will help participants gain an understanding of the role culture plays in family dynamics and increase awareness of their own cultural experiences, biases and lenses. The workshop will define culture and explore why an awareness and sensitivity to culture is important in your work and life.

  • Understand what factors play a role in individual experiences;
  • Learn how personal experiences have played a role in developing their own culture;
  • Gain awareness of the impact of culture on work with families;
  • Learn tools to address cultural concerns in the field and overcome cultural barriers.

Participants will learn about typical adolescent development and trauma to understand the impact these have on behavior while gaining practical tools for responding. With a knowledge of both typical development and the effects of ACEs in brain development and responses, participants will be able to respond to behavior in a positive manner and apply skills and tools to help them build healthy and supportive relationships with adolescents and address skill-building with a trauma-informed approach.


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