Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of anyone working to prevent child abuse in the state. Please contact us if you’re interested in exploring training opportunities.

Topics include:

  • Child abuse prevention
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study in Iowa
  • Connections Matter
  • Child sexual abuse prevention for adults
  • Communicating about child abuse
  • Advocating on behalf of children
  • Community engagement and development

If you’d like to learn more about child abuse prevention efforts in your community, PCA Iowa can connect you with network members to set up a presentation.

2017 Regional Meetings

Join Prevent Child Abuse Iowa for a day dedicated to strengthening families in Iowa! We’ve partnered with state experts to offer five regional trainings on strategies that can improve your work with families and increase community commitment for building safe, nurturing environments for kids. These meetings also include networking among professional partners and an evening forum to engage leaders in discussions about issues that matter for Iowa’s children and families.

Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m., with training from 9-4:00 p.m. Participants have the option to pay $15.00 to order lunch for the day of the event. Place orders during registration by selecting the desired number of lunches under "Order Your Lunch (Optional)".

Anyone is welcome to attend; participation is strongly encouraged for Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP) grantees. This training is free.

Training Dates & Locations

Please use the links below to register:

9/6 - Davenport

9/7 - Charles City

9/8 - Storm Lake

9/11 - Atlantic

9/13 - Corydon

Training Topics

Business -The Program Managers from PCA Iowa and IDHS will provide information on what to expect with the merger of the ICAPP and CBCAP programs. Also being reviewed are MOUs that will need to be in place to identify eligible recipients of prevention funding.

Data in the Real World - This session will offer the first module of a FRIENDS National Resource Center comprehensive training which covers planning, implementation and learning from evaluation. Along with the introduction to the material, it will provide a brief review of the additional training modules available to communities.

Cultural Competency - Discussion of equity policy and practice changes that lead to the reduction of disparities and disproportionality in Iowa’s child abuse prevention network and reflects the recommendations of The Cultural Equity Alliance: A Statewide Child Welfare System Steering Committee published Ma, 2015.

Connections Matter - 20-minute presentation on building resilience through social support. Updates on trauma informed prevention work in Iowa.

Focus groups - The focus groups will solicit input from community stakeholders to inform the strategic plan that will shape the next ICAPP/CBCAP service procurement. Representatives from councils, service providers, CPPC sites, families/parents, as well as any other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Stewards of Children - This child sexual abuse prevention training will cover facts about sexual abuse, how to talk about the issue, and how to minimize risky situations for children. The training will also cover how to recognize signs that abuse has, or is about to occur, and take action if needed. The program emphasizes adult responsibility for keeping children safe.

Attendees must pay $10 to attend the Stewards of Children training. This is the cost of the booklet each participant receives as part of the program.

Please contact Julie Dalrymple, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa Program Manager, with questions.

Bringing the Protective Factors to Life

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa will host three two-day trainings this fall on "Bringing the Protective Factors to Life" developed by the National Alliance of Children's Trust & Prevention Funds. The training includes an introduction to the protective factors framework, two-hour courses delving deeper into each protective factor, a wrap-up course that moves knowledge into action, and resources to support implementation in your work.

Get an overview about the training Protective Factors Training Overview

Dates and Locations for 2017:

  • West Des Moines - August 3 & 4
    Register online here

Get detailed course descriptons Protective Factors Course Descriptions

Additonal Questions? Contact Julie Dalrymple

ACEs and Prevention Online Trainings

PCA Iowa worked with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Quality Assist to develop the following online learning modules:

  • The ACE Study: Its Impact and Our Opportunity
  • A Child Abuse Prevention Response to ACEs

To access these free courses, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new account through ISU Extension and Outreach. Click here.

  2. You will receive an e-mail notification from ISU Extension confirming your registration. Click on the link in the e-mail to be directed to ISU Extension's online courses page. Scroll down to the "Home and Family" section and click on "The ACE Study: Its Impact and Our Opportunity and A Child Abuse Prevention Response to ACEs" to be directed to both courses. You can also access both courses here.

Please note the technology requirements on the left-hand side of the page. You must allow pop ups through your Internet browser to access the course. Also note that we are unable to track any data given throughout the course at this time. Please print your action plan and certificate at the end of the course as proof of completion.Each module can take about 2-4 hours to complete. Learners have the option of leaving the course at any point and returning to complete the chapters.

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