CSA Training

Stop the Silence/Survivors Healing Center
Training Overview and Table of Contents

Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence, www.stopthesilence.org) and Survivors Healing Center (SHC) of Family Service Agency of the Central Coast of California in California developed a training for service providers that has been tested and shown effective in increasing awareness, knowledge, understanding about and action on child sexual abuse (CSA) with U.S. and international audiences from various types of government and non-profit groups and organizations. This training provides a broad overview of many aspects of the issue of CSA, focusing in particular on those areas that will be most useful for a variety of health and human service providers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and others who are or may be involved with aspects of CSA. Additionally, the training teaches practical tools for working with survivors effectively and respectfully and provides a discussion and guidance on policy issues. The manual is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on every aspect of the subject of child sexual abuse and provides an overview of some but not all of what has been provided to others.

The basic training manual consists of 18 modules or sections that can be used individually or collectively, depending on the training needs. All of the modules have pages outlining the presentation of the material covered. Most of the modules also have additional materials, handouts containing informational readings or worksheets, as well. The material in the manual is designed to be used for presentations ranging from two hours to one week, with various populations of service providers: professionals, paraprofessionals, and lay people. As trainers, we choose modules according to the needs of the specific group being trained and the length of the training. We encourage future individuals or trainers who are trained (we provide a training of traners option) to do likewise. An agenda is developed for each training that is planned and lists the names of the sections to be used and an approximate time frame.

The cost of the training is dependent upon the extent of training needed, designed and presented, as well as the number of participants, and travel and related costs. Please contact Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, to explore possibilities: pamelajpine@gmail.com.


Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations
Pre-Test: Facilitator’s Version
Pre-Test: Participant’s Version
Pre-Test: Training of Trainers Version

What Is Child Sexual Abuse?
Handout: Child Sexual Abuse Overview

Historical Overview
Handout: The History of Modern Western Attitudes Toward CSA

Theoretical Overview
Social Factors That Contribute to the Perpetuation of CSA
Links Between CSA and Other Forms of Violence/Oppression
Being an Agent for Change
Handout: Social Factors Which Contribute to the Perpetuation of CSA
Handout: CSA–How to Be an Agent for Change

Prevalence of CSA in General Population and Various Groups
Handout: CSA–Prevalence in the U.S. Population and Various Groups

Developing Basic Skills for Dealing with CSA
Developing Empathy for CSA Survivors
Noticing & Moderating One’s Response to Hearing Traumatic
Vicarious Trauma
Provider Self Care

Contexts and Continuum of CSA
Handout: Context of Child Sexual Abuse
Handout: A Continuum of Child Sexual Abuse

Children–The Effects of the Abuse
Handout: CSA–Effects in Childhood

CSA and Its Effects on Adult Survivors
Handout: CSA–Effects in Adulthood

Effective Interactions With Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
Philosophy & Practice of Interacting Effectively with CSA Survivors
Effective Interactions
Responding to Disclosures
Handout: Interacting Effectively with CSA Survivors
(Facilitator Version)

Effective Interactions With Child Sexual Abuse Survivors (Cont.)
Handout: Interacting Effectively with CSA Survivors
(Participant Version)

Healing Is Possible
Handout: You Can Heal from CSA–Suggestions for Survivors

Child Sexual Abuse–Clinical Considerations
Handout: CSA–Clinical Considerations

Handout: Know who you’re talking to

Cultural Issues
Article: Cultural Issues for Presenters
Handout: Cultural Competency–Concepts and Information
Handout: Cultural Competency and CSA
Handout: Key Elements to Remember about Cultural Competency

Policies and Procedures

Legal Issues
Statutes of Limitations
Mandated Reporting
Temporary Restraining Orders and Other Victim Services
Handout: Legal Issues Related to CSA

Resources and Referrals
Handout: Resources

Closing and Evaluation
Post-Test: Facilitator’s Version
Post-Test: Participant’s Version
Post-Test: Training of Trainers Version
Evaluation: Participant Version
Evaluation: Training of Trainers Version