Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainings

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (NHSD) is a 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).

Overcoming Barriers: Have you ever seen an interaction that just felt off? Maybe you feel concerned for a child, but you don't want to accuse someone of being abusive or exhibiting grooming behaviors. So what do you do? In this course, learners acknowledge and discuss the barriers to recognizing and responding to a range of uncomfortable situations. With an overarching goal of keeping kids safe and abuse free, this training provides an opportunity for groups to come together and discuss the issue of child sexual abuse and its prevention.

We are increasing our training capacity and will soon be offering a new training: Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children, a Kempe Curriculum developed by Gail Ryan et al.

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:  TBA

To learn more about FASD click here.

Colorado Child Welfare Training System


Additional Trainings

Presently, we offer 7 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)
  • The Birds, The Bees, & The Stork (an introductory level course)
  • ACEs & BCEs: More Than A Score (an introductory level course)
  • Supporting Families When Children and Youth Display Problematic Sexual Behaviors (an introductory level 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.

  • 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.