Training: Presentations and Workshops

I am happy to work with you to design training sessions to meet the needs of your agency or community.


Working Positively with Culturally Diverse Families on Issues of Physical Abuse & Discipline
This workshop explores the delicate and controversial line between corporal punishment and physical abuse, and how ethnic culture influences our work on these issues. Participants learn practical techniques for helping families from all groups reduce their use of violent parenting . Examples are drawn from African American, European American, Somali, Latino, Asian, religious, and military families.


Invisible Chains:  Coercive Control in Intimate Relationships

Coercive control is a strategy some people (mostly men!) use to dominate their intimate partners and maintain their privileges. It usually includes some combination of degrading, isolating, micromanaging, manipulating, stalking, physically abusing, sexual coercion, threatening or punishing.  This interactive presentation describes how coercive control shows up in the lives of real people–and what we can do about it. 


Interviewing Culturally Diverse Children & Families about Child Maltreatment

Discussing suspected maltreatment with children and families can be difficult and painstaking work. Interviews often become more complicated when the interviewer and interviewee come from different cultural groups. This workshop provides concrete examples and advice for conducting child abuse interviews in ways that welcome diverse families, and elicit the most accurate information possible. This workshop is relevant for all professionals in the field, whatever your context. Examples included from diverse cultures.


Working with Culturally Diverse Families on Issues of Child Sexual Abuse
In this workshop participants learn about some of the cultural factors that influence families’ responses to child sexual abuse. Participants learn concrete techniques for working with diverse families on this difficult topic, taking advantage of family and cultural strengths. Examples included from diverse cultures.


Child Sexual Abuse and Latino Families
This workshop provides practical advice on working with Latino families, victims and survivors on issues of child sexual abuse. The workshop includes a focus on the intense shame felt by many Latinos when facing child sexual abuse.


Statutory Rape: Lust & the Law in the Multicultural United States

This workshop examines statutory rape from the perspective of the participants, family members, and the law. It includes a focus on how cultural norms affect how relationships are viewed.