Professional/Community Trainings

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center’s commitment to the safety and well-being of children extends beyond those served at our Center. In order to prevent child abuse in our community, each of us must educate ourselves about abuse and make a personal commitment to stand up for children.

We offer comprehensive training and resources for individuals, businesses, organizations, mandated reporters, parents, and community members on how to recognize and respond to child abuse. Become a part of an educated and empowered community where all children are safe from harm.

If you are a school professional, parent, caregiver, child-serving or youth-serving professional, or person working for the well-being of children, and want to discuss ways to keep children safe, or to schedule a training, please contact us at (315)-701-2985 or email Maureen Foran Mocete, Outreach & Education Program Coordinator. We can develop a presentation to meet your specific needs and time frame.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Human Trafficking

This presentation aims to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and respond to situations of human trafficking and exploitation. Participants will navigate the causal factors of human trafficking and exploitation, identify key vulnerabilities, understand recruitment tactics as well as dynamics of power and control, and learn the signs of abuse and exploitation.

To schedule this presentation contact Erin Yeager at Click here to learn more about human trafficking and exploitation.

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Training

An interactive, two-hour sexual abuse prevention training that educates adults on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is designed for individuals and organizations that serve children and youth and for other individuals, organizations, businesses, professionals, and community members that care about the well-being of children. The program integrates empowerment skills with the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children:

  1. Learn the Facts
  2. Minimize Opportunity
  3. Talk About It
  4. Recognize the Signs
  5. React Responsibly

To schedule this training please contact us at 315-701-2985 or email Derek Tefft.

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Less is More Training*

An interactive, two-hour training designed to give Mandated Reporters the skills needed to optimally respond when a child discloses or indicates that he or she may be a victim of sexual and/or physical abuse. The training goes beyond what is covered in the Mandated Reporter training to provide advanced knowledge in best practice response to child abuse cases including a focus on the safety and well-being of the child, clarification of the role of the Mandated Reporter, and procedures to assist in the response.

*Please note this training is for Mandated Reporters only

Presentation Topics

Mandated Reporter Training

This training will equip participants with the knowledge they need to effectively report child abuse or maltreatment/neglect to the Child Abuse Hotline. Participants will also learn to determine reasonable cause, the signs and symptoms of child abuse and maltreatment/neglect, and the overall framework of the child protective system.

About McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center

Learn more about McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and the services we provide in our community. Learn more about who we are, what we do to keep children safe, our partnerships with local agencies, and the benefits of operating under a Child Advocacy Center model. As a supplement to this presentation, tours of our Center are available upon request. We would love to show you around!

How to Talk to Your Child

We understand that talking to your child about keeping their bodies safe can be uncomfortable. This presentation expands on the different ways you can talk to your child about personal body safety. Topics can include identifying parts of the body, healthy boundaries, safe vs unsafe touch, and how to encourage and maintain open communication with your child.

Healthy Child Sexual Development

Like all forms of human development, sexual development begins at birth. As children grow, it can sometimes be difficult to know which sexual behaviors are healthy, and part of their development, or not healthy, and a cause for concern. The presentation will outline the various stages of a child’s development; highlighting common and less common sexual behaviors associated with each developmental stage as well as how to respond appropriately to these behaviors.

Bullying for Parents, Caregivers, and Community Members

All adults have a role in helping to stop bullying. Gain a better understanding of what bullying is, what it may look like, who is involved, and how to respond effectively. This presentation also offers tips and guidance on what you can do to support children involved in bullying situations and how to discuss bullying with your child.

Internet Safety for Parents, Caregivers, and Community Members

This presentation offers tips and guidance on what you can do to support and protect your child as they utilize the internet. Topics include safety and security as it relates to access and exposure to inappropriate content, online privacy, cyberbullying, how to talk with your child about using the internet responsibly, and how to respond if your child comes to you with concerns about their online safety.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, call Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720