Online Training Resources
BCAC now offers online training opportunities for youth-serving professionals and community members who want to help protect kids in Maryland. To learn about Mandated Reporting and Vicarious Trauma & Building Resiliency visit our Online Training Institute to learn more or read the information below.
Mandated Reporter Training
Mandated Reporter Training is now available at our Online Training Institute. This training provides the information you need to understand relevant Maryland laws and your role under the law, recognize signs of abuse and neglect, and how to go about making a report. The training is free, self-paced, and authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to qualify for Category II continuing education units.
New law alert: As of October 1, 2019 there are now criminal penalties if a mandatory reporter knowingly fails to report child abuse: up to 3 year misdemeanor and up to $10,000. Read the new law here. And remember: as always, the law requires you to report OUT to child welfare or law enforcement and then UP to your supervisor.
As experts in the field of child welfare, BCAC’s professional team educates a thousand or more professionals and individuals each year on how to report abuse. BCAC’s team has observed the repeated failures of Mandated Reporters and understands the extent to which appropriate education can improve outcomes for children. Throughout numerous presentations to front line reporters, such as social workers, counselors, and educators, BCAC has learned:
- Many of these professionals have been incorrectly instructed how to report abuse;
- Have misinformation about their responsibilities as Mandated Reporters; and,
- Some do not know what to look for or how to react when abuse is discovered.
Through a project, funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (Children’s Justice Act 2014-1007), BCAC has taken its staff experience and expertise in training Mandated Reporters and developed a comprehensive training and educational resource it can extend to the hundreds of thousands of Mandated Reporters across the State of Maryland.
Vicarious Trauma & Building Resiliency Training
Dealing with traumatic material on a daily basis can cause professionals to feel exhausted and hopeless. This workshop will address the emotional, mental, and physical toll that is often imposed on those in helping professions. Professionals will learn how to identify and define vicarious trauma, and more importantly will learn how to strengthen themselves and their organizations against compassion fatigue and burnout. Participants will also learn how to incorporate resiliency into their everyday personal and professional lives. All the work that helping professionals do carries some amount of exposure to trauma and traumatic material. This training is about helping you to be and stay resilient so that you can continue give to and serve others!
After this training you should be able to:
- Define Vicarious Trauma, and recognize its signs and symptoms
- Identify your own current level of risk for Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, & Burnout
- Define resiliency
- Understand the Organizational Resiliency Model
- Leave with a toolkit of strategies to build personal and professional resilience
Seeing Beyond the Picture: Technology Facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation
This training will provide a general overview of the problem and investigative procedures of technology facilitated child sexual exploitation. Along with strategies and tips for engaging families and youth who have been victimized through technology-facilitated sexual exploitation, the training will explore what these crimes are and how they happen. The training is designed for employees, volunteers, and youth serving organizations and their professionals. Several types of professionals who are likely to encounter potential individuals who have been victimized by commercial sexual exploitation and/or Internet crimes may work for educational, social services, law enforcement, youth serving organizations, and health care providers and professions.
After this training you should be able to:
- Understand pornography, commercial exploitation, and Internet Crimes Against Children
- Highlight the role of Children’s Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams
- Describe how to present evidence in forensic interviews
- Engage families with children and/or adolescents who have appeared in pornography or been victims of Internet crimes against children