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JWRC staff are available to present at community notification meetings and other safety gatherings in the community.

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Workshop Descriptions

JWRC has speakers available for trainings for a variety of audiences: children, teens, parents, teachers, and anyone else who lives and works around children.


(For students, community members)

The #11forJacob movement was born out of a need to shift the focus from how Jacob Wetterling died to how he truly lived. We honor his memory by asking others to live out the 11 traits that Jacob exemplified: Be fair, Be kind, Be understanding, Be honest, Be thankful, Be a good sport, Be a good friend, Be joyful, Be generous, Be gentle with others, and Be positive.

60 minutes

ACE Study: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Identify, Intervene and Interrupt

(For parents, caregivers, teachers, childcare providers)

Experiences in childhood matter. Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health. The ACE study is the largest study investigating the health and social effects of negative childhood experiences. Now that we have the research, what can we do about it? The cycle of violence, generational poverty and abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, perpetration and victimization of violence are all related to ACE’s. Strategies such as identification and assessment, reducing risk and exposure and nurturing resiliency and skill building are effective interventions. Changing the negative course that many children are on is our best way to prevent abuse in future generations. This presentation will increase your knowledge of trauma and provide ways to work with children, families and communities to reduce the impact of trauma.

Building Empathy

(For parents, caregivers, teachers, childcare providers)

Empathy is a powerful force that can be used to motivate and change lives for good. This presentation covers the power of empathy and how emotional connection is still a strong antidote for bullying behavior and toxic choices. Parents and caring adults are attempting to help the young people in their life navigate the world around them when the digital learning curve can be quite steep and overwhelming. The good news is that the lessons that have worked for generations to help raise empathetic children, still hold true today. The voices and hearts of engaged adults still play an integral role in building healthy families and healthy communities. 90 minutes

Bullying, Harassment and Relational Aggression

What is the climate of your school or workplace? How does it feel to be there every day? Bullying and aggression can erode the sense of safety and well-being for children and adults. This presentation will discuss in depth the patterns of behaviors, the imbalance of power and the intentional efforts to harm that are present in bullying, aggression and harassment. Interventions and interrupting the behaviors will be discussed as well as plans for inclusion that can be implemented immediately. A number of strategies and policies will be reviewed to assess the effectiveness or inefficiency of concepts to combat bullying and harassing behavior. Ways to engage staff, students, families and the community will be addressed.

Bystander to Upstander: Taking on Bullying Behavior

(For youth, youth workers, parents, adult leadership or student presentation)

Empathy is a powerful force that can be used to motivate and change a community. This presentation covers the dynamics that allow bullying behavior to thrive and then engages the audience to help create different dynamics in which everyone feels respected. Come and join us to problem solve, dream, and learn to be a voice for change. 90 minutes for professionals, 60 minutes for student presentation

Community Notification Meetings

(For communities)

What can parents do when a convicted sex offender moves in down the street? This workshop gives specific information about HOW to talk about sexual abuse prevention without scaring children. It focuses not just on how children can protect themselves from a convicted sex offender, but anyone who may abuse or mistreat them. This workshop is usually a supplement to meetings arranged by law enforcement. Learn more about community notification.

Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma/Vicarious Trauma

One must take care of themselves to be able to take care of another. Working with victims and survivors of abuse and trauma can be difficult, exhausting and yet extreme fulfilling, IF one takes the time to follow one’s own advice. Exposure to trauma can lead to feelings of suffering, sadness and hopelessness. Feeling that one is inefficient or powerless can be debilitating in the workplace as well in one’s personal life. This presentation will define vicarious trauma, signs of trauma and burn-out as well as “take home and do right away” ideas to take care ourselves.

Domestic Violence and Lethality Assessment

Domestic violence is pervasive in our communities with 1 in 4 females experiencing abuse at the hands of partner during her lifetime. This presentation will discuss abusive behaviors, the cycle of violence, barriers to safety and the emotional, physical and mental impact of the victim. Introduction and discuss of assessing lethality will be covered. Working with and engaging survivors to identify escalation and threats to safety are crucial to reducing the chance of homicide in DV cases. The goals of the presentation are to increase your knowledge of Domestic Violence, be able to identify abusive relationships, improve your understanding of lethality and to engage survivors in safety planning and strategies to leave abusive relationships safely.

Domestic Violence and the Impact on Children

Domestic violence is pervasive in our communities with 1 in 4 females experiencing abuse at the hands of partner during her lifetime. Children are not immune or shielded from the violence. Not only do millions of children witness the abuse of their mother, but experience child abuse themselves. This session will discuss the prevalence of DV, the intersection of DV and Child maltreatment and how these behaviors permeate the day to day climate of the home which leads to the cycle of abuse being handed down from generation to generation. Identification of harm will be discussed as well as strategies to support the mother and the children. Skill building and increasing resiliency will be presented.

Empower Me!

(Grades 2-6)

Children will learn about personal safety in this interactive session. Topics covered are: the buddy system, checking first, secrets vs. surprises, 5 trusted adults, listening to your "uh-oh" feeling, and body ownership. Never fear-based, this material is covered in a way that empowers children. (This presentation is often combined with Teachable Safety Skills presentation for parents.)

Healthy Relationships 101: A Discussion for Adolescents and Young Adults

In a culture where unhealthy seems to be the norm, it's more important than ever to engage young people in a discussion of what encompasses a healthy relationship. Exposure to healthy relationships may be limited and breaking a cycle of violence is imperative in children exposed to domestic violence. This presentation will cover components such as perceptions and understanding another’s point of view and how and why we believe the things that we do. Types of relationship abuse/violence versus random/stranger violence will be discussed. Brainstorming healthy/controlling/abusive behaviors is an effective method for students to identify important concepts such as trust, conflict and safety within relationships. Awareness and recognizing ‘power with’ versus ‘power over’ is critical to breaking the cycle of violence. The presentation will conclude with a conversation about consent, how to support a friend in an unhealthy relationship and creating a list of local resources.

Hope Is a Verb

(For service groups, professionals, and caring adults)

We want the world to be a safe place for all children, but how do we create that reality? This presentation will cover current trends we see in crimes against children, both in person and online, with an emphasis on what we can do to make things better and brighter for all youth. The focus will shift from what we are afraid of to what we can do to help create safer childhoods.

Internet and Cell Safety 101

(For parents, teachers, youth leaders)

This presentation is designed for parents, caregivers, and teachers to help bridge the gap many adults feel when talking with teens about making safe choices with technology. We go past the sound bytes and headline stories to provide accurate information on the problem and prevention steps to help prevent cyberbullying, sexting, and online exploitation of youth.

Internet and Cell Safety for Professionals

(For youth workers, prevention professionals)

Youth can find themselves in over their head with various online concerns from cyberbullying to sexting. This presentation details the risks students are facing online and practical ways that professionals can respond. The information can be adapted depending on the audiences’ level of expertise with current trends and sites of concern. 90 minutes

Minnesota Cases: Learning from The Past

(For Criminal Justice Students, Law Enforcement)

Minnesota has had its share of high profile missing child cases. Each case has brought its own challenges for the dedicated law enforcement officers working to find resolution for families and the community. This presentation uses case examples to show how far we have come in responding to missing children and how the past has helped to direct current efforts in case management.

Navigating the Virtual Playground:
Healthy Choices and Worrisome Pitfalls for Today’s Youth

(For parents, caregivers, grandparents)

Cyberbullying + Texting + Screen Time + Toxic images = Yikes!
As technology grows and adapts, children are growing and adapting right along with it. The online highway can have some steep learning curves, for students and for parents. Youth can find themselves in over their head as technology choices move faster than their developmental abilities. Technology isn’t a bad thing, but young people need help in navigating these tools so that their empathy and sense of self can also grow and develop. This presentation details the risks students are facing and practical, positive ways that adults can respond. 90 minutes

Protecting Your Online Footprint

(For grades 7-12)

Teens will learn about the importance of making healthy choices online. Online risks and dangers will be discussed so youth are aware of behavior that should trigger warning flags. Risky behaviors of peers, including sexting and cyberbullying, will also be covered. The presentation also talks about positive ways that the Internet can be used to advocate for each other. This training is designed to empower teens and give them tools to make healthy decisions as they gain independence.

Reporting Without Re-Victimizing

(For journalists/journalism students)

This workshop challenges reporters to think about how stories can be reported accurately without re-victimizing crime survivors. Ethical dilemmas that past reporters have faced are highlighted to allow for group discussion and problem solving.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies for Communities of Faith

(For youth workers, clergy, faith community leaders)

It is a powerful responsibility to ensure that children and youth are able to thrive within a faith community. The importance of creating and maintaining safe places for ALL members, especially those unable to protect themselves, must be considered with great care. This session provides specific policies and practices to address while detailing why faith communities must be prepared to handle the problem of child sexual abuse.

Smart Not Scared

(For junior high or senior high youth, parents suggested to attend whenever possible)

Sexual abuse prevention is a team effort. This presentation covers personal safety strategies for preteens and teens with a focus on the importance of being a voice for change. Topics include consent, do no harm, bystander intervention, and personal safety strategies for teens.

This presentation has been particularly powerful as an assembly for seniors before heading off to college. 60-90 minutes depending on audience need

Stalking: A Patter of Behaviors That Cause Fear

When the word “stalking” is searched in Google, quite a few results will try to compare stalking to romance, many that minimize the harm and others that confuse harassment with protection. Our culture uses terms such “Stalking”, “Creeping/Creeper” and “Hanging Around” to normalize this real, extremely harmful and scary criminal act. This presentation will provide information on stalking including; the definition, statistics and prevalence, technology, the connection to domestic violence and sexual assault as well as the link to other crimes such as vandalism, identity theft and harassment.

Teachable Safety Skills: Replacing Myths with Facts

(For parents, teachers, youth leaders, communities)

How do I talk to children about personal safety without scaring them to death? This presentation provides current information about various safety concerns children and teen are facing today, both in-person and online, and how to educate youth on those concerns in a positive way.

Teachable Safety Skills for Professionals is also offered

Teachable Safety Skills for Professionals

(For teachers, child care providers, social workers, nurses)

This presentation focuses on what works when talking to children and teens about personal safety, online/cell phone safety, and sexual abuse prevention. Our agency is committed to using what we learn in our 25+ years of case management of missing and exploited children to empower our audiences to walk around smart and not scared. This presentation is designed for professionals, but parents will also benefit from the various replicable safety tools. 90 minutes

The Ripple Effects of Sexual Harm

The spectrum of sexual harm is quite vast. The ways in which one person can sexually harm another is limitless. This presentation will engage the audience in a courageous conversation of sexual harm and abuse, the impact of sexual violence on the victim and the community, myths and misperception of sexual violence and prevalence and current data. From child sexual abuse to campus sexual assault to human trafficking, the impact of harm affects every person. The goals of the presentation are to increase awareness of sexually harmful behaviors, identify signs of sexual abuse, provide strategies to work with and support those impacted by sexual harm and create shifts in opinions of prevention and harm reduction that will lead to substantial change.

Under a Watchful Eye: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Serving Organizations

(For youth, youth workers, parents, adult leadership)

Youth Serving Organizations can provide quality experiences for youth to grow and thrive under the care of staff and volunteers with the best interests of the youth. The sad reality is that any organization that provides access, time, and the ability to build relationships with youth are targeted by offenders as places to find possible targets. Most people are in youth work for the right reasons, but one person engaging in a group to look for targets can destroy the legacy of a program and even worse, have detrimental effects to the lives of youth involved. There is no room for denial or minimization when the health of children and youth are at stake. This presentation will provide resources to both adults working within youth serving organizations who are diligently trying to keep their programs safe and community members wanting to learn more about warning signs and prevention. 120 minutes

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