Programming and resources for highly at-risk children and youth and the professionals who work with them
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NEARI Training Center provides state-of-the-art professional development training in areas of behavior management, staff development, organizational development, and special education. Nationally recognized experts have created effective learning opportunities for the professionals and families who care for emotionally disturbed, traumatized, neurologically challenged, and learning disabled children and adolescents. Training is delivered in three ways Free Webinars, Online Workshops and Classroom Training.

NEW! Continuing Education Credits are available for Social Workers and Psychologists. Open the Course Description to click on the link and scroll to find the specific course. Instructions on how to receive the CEs can also be found there.



Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors-From Natural and Healthy to Disturbed

 

by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.
Duration: 3-4 hours; CE Credits: 4

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Description

Dr. Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally recognized researcher and trainer in the field of child sexual abuse. Her essential course helps people working with children understand what are the expected behaviors related to sex and sexuality in young children and how to distinguish them from behaviors that are of concern and require some intervention.

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Current Practice for Treating Adolescents Who Have Sexually Abused

 

by David Prescott, L.I.C.S.W.
Duration: 3-4 hours; CE Credits: 4

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Description

Nationally recognized for his training programs, books, and articles on treating youth who have sexually abused, David Prescott's course is for anyone who wants to understand these adolescents' complex and diverse treatment needs. The course reviews what we know and don't know about this population, places it in the context of their development, and describes the key elements of effective treatment. If you ever plan to refer an adolescent to specialized treatment or want to get current on the most recent research regarding their treatment, this course is an essential building block to your work.

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Stopping Sexual Abuse Through Intervention with Sexually Abusive Youth

 

by Steven M. Bengis, Ed.D., L.C.S.W.
Duration: 4-5 hours; CE Credits: 5

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Description

This introductory online course covers how best to identify and intervene with youth who exhibit sexually abusive behaviors—to prevent them from hurting any other victims. Take this course if you want an overview of how sex-abuse-specific assessment, case management and treatment can help give a teenager the opportunity to live an abuse-free life.

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Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention

by Joan Tabachnick
Duration: 1-2 hours; CE Credits: 2

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Description

An online workshop produced by The New England Adolescent Research Institute Inc. (NEARI) and sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Whether you are new to the field or an experienced professional, this course provides the basics for how to encourage friends and family to deter and possibly prevent sexual violence.

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First Responders: Responding to Sexual Assault Disclosures

by Jamie Suvak, L.M.H.C.
Duration: 1-2 hours; CE Credits: 2

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Description

This course presents an innovative model for responding to a disclosure of sexual violence. It stresses the importance of a supportive response to reduce secondary trauma and to encourage the survivor to seek further care. This approach trains staff to respond to disclosures emphasizing four key areas: Safety, Empowerment, Empathy, and Knowledge (SEEK). Designed specifically for staff in college and university settings, it is an essential tool for creating a safe point of entry for anyone choosing to disclose the sexual violence they experienced. This course was developed by staff of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the largest rape crisis center in Massachusetts and the second oldest in the country.

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Balancing Acts: Keeping Children Safe in Congregations

by Reverend Debra Haffner & Joan Tabachnick
Duration: 3-4 hours; CE Credits: 4

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Description
This ground-breaking course developed in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association offers information, policies, and procedural suggestions to create a congregation where children and youth will be safe from sexual abuse. If you are part of a faith community and plan to address the issue of sexual abuse, this course will provide you with the essential tools needed for a comprehensive approach to safety and prevention.

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Building Learning Activities the Brain-Based Way

 

by Penny Cuninggim, ED.D. M.A.T., M.S.W.
Duration: 2-3 hours; CE Credits: 3

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Description

Brain-based teaching is a new and rapidly growing field that is improving classroom practice. This course introduces: 1) important research-based principles about how the brain learns best and 2) related brain-based strategies for designing effective learning activities in schools, residential programs, counseling settings, and after-school programs. This course will be helpful for educators, counselors, and child care providers who need to create and teach knowledge and skills to elementary, middle, and high school-aged students.

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Understanding Parent Participation in Massachusetts Special Education

 

by Dr. Alec Peck
Duration: 2 hours; CE Credits: 2

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Description

This online course, written by Dr. Alec Peck, produced by the New England Adolescent Research Institute Inc. (NEARI) and funded by the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps), is intended for parents who are considering special education options for their school-aged child. In this course, you will learn about important issues, such as:

  • Referring a student for evaluation
  • Clarifying the process for evaluating a student
  • Understanding your role and rights when you meet with the evaluation team
  • Determining the most appropriate evaluation for your child
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