Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainings

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (NHSD) is a 2 – 3 hour introductory workshop developed to foster healthy, nurturing relationships that support the healthy growth and development of children. 

Stewards of Children, a Darkness to Light training, is revolutionary program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children and particularly appropriate for training staff and volunteers of youth-serving organizations (sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, children’s clubs, church groups and more).

We are increasing our training capacity and will soon be offering two new trainings: Overcoming Barriers and Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children , a Gail Ryan training.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Seminar

Interventions & Educational Considerations for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a full day training presented by Eileen Bisgard, JD, Founder of NOFAS Colorado & Heather Hotchkiss, Brain Injury Specialist with the Colorado Department of Education.

Upcoming Dates: May 11th, 2017 & August 23rd, 2017

To learn more about FASD click here.

Colorado Child Welfare Training System


Additional Trainings

Presently, we offer 4 courses through the Child Welfare Training System:

  • Building Safety When Parents Use Substances  (an introductory level course)
  • Marijuana, Children, and Families (an introductory level course)
  • Impacts and Implications of Prenatal Substance Exposure (an introductory level course)
  • Enhancing Practice with Families Impacted by Substance Use (a 2-day advanced course)

To learn more about the Colorado Child Welfare Training System and how to register for a course, click here.

Additional trainings offered by Illuminate Colorado include:

  • Brain Architecture Game - This tabletop board game experience was designed to engage policymakers, community and business leaders, health and education service providers, and government officials in understanding the science of early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society. This offering can also be tailored for caregivers of children upon request.

  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - The ACE Study confirms, with scientific evidence, that adversity during development increases the risk of physical, mental, and behavioral problems later in life. The ACE study and other research using the Study’s framework have taught us that ACEs are the leading cause of health and social problems in our nation.

  • Healthy Relationship Basics - This course covers seven key aspects of healthy relationships that interconnect with self-sufficiency and well-being. It is divided into seven chapters, with each chapter including tips, techniques, and resources to equip stakeholders in integrating healthy relationship skill development into existing social services. By the end of this course, course takers will be able to:
  1. Understand seven key healthy marriage and relationship principles and skills
  2. Know the research-based benefits of these skills for families
  3. Apply the principles during client and family interactions as a holistic approach to supporting families
  • Healthy Relationships for Human Service Providers - This course educates course takers on the subject of healthy marriage and relationship education skills; discusses the research on the benefits of these skills to families; describes the range of ways these skills can be integrated into services and service delivery systems; and highlights how the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families can support integration efforts. By the end of this course, course takers will be able to:

  1. Understand the components of healthy relationships
  2. Support the value of teaching healthy relationship skills as a holistic approach to strengthening families
  3. Demonstrate examples of integration into service delivery at three different levels.
  • Supporting Parents in Recovery - This course can be tailored to fit the needs of human service providers. This information is intended to aid in understanding of the complexity of addictive disorders and theory. The primary goal is to help facilitate creative thought around how to support recovery for caregivers and parents using current understandings and best practices as appropriate.

  • Community Cafes - Trained facilitators utilize the Community Café model and can facilitate conversations for professionals and communities around improving resource accessibility and beginning strengths-based conversations around strengthening families.

  • Family Violence Prevention - This course is designed to help safety net service providers better understand the issues that low-income families face and consider how strengthening healthy relationships and promoting safety can complement existing programs and services. It provides general information and raises awareness about the importance of addressing domestic violence, child maltreatment, and family safety, and includes information that will increase service providers’ understanding of these issues and help them identify other beneficial resources or referrals in the community that may support their efforts to institute healthy relationship policies and practices.