Professional and Community Training

The 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 Outreach & Education Program Coordinator Maureen Foran Mocete. We can develop a presentation to meet your specific needs and time frame.


Internet Safety for Parents, Caregivers, and Community

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 […]

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Bullying for Parents, Caregivers, and Community

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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Talk to Your Child about Safety from Sexual Abuse

An important step in protecting children from sexual abuse involves having age-appropriate, open conversations about their bodies and safe boundaries. 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 sexual abuse and personal body safety. […]

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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.

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Darkness to Light Supplemental Training

Talking with Children about Safety from Sexual Abuse* An important step in protecting children from sexual abuse involves having age-appropriate, open conversations about their bodies and safe boundaries. These conversations build trust, confidence, and instill knowledge that reduces vulnerability in children. Participants will learn how to talk with and listen to children about sexual abuse […]

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Darkness to Light

This interactive, two-hour sexual abuse prevention training 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 […]

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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 […]

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