DANVILLE — “Child Abuse: Helping the Hurting” is the theme of a continuing education seminar for area professionals to be held Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Luke Community Center, 7 W. Rambo St., Danville. The registration table will open at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will follow immediately after the program.
The seminar, sponsored by The Association of Danville Area Ministers, will be led by Cindy Kuhr, former director of Direct Services for the Ohio Victims Witness Association and investigator for the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Kuhr was assigned to the Major Unusual Incident Unit, where she supervised and investigated cases of abuse and neglect at the statewide level. Just one year ago she led a workshop on ministry in the midst of trauma, grief and loss in Danville, especially for area clergy.
This year’s seminar on child abuse will address the following issues: 1) A basic understanding of physical, emotional and sexual child abuse; 2) How a professional working with children can recognize child abuse; 3) Skills to help a teacher, pastor, officer or health care professional talk with and listen to possible abuse victims; 4) Legal issues in notifying authorities of possible child abuse; 5) Help in making referrals to others: When, who and how; 6) Ongoing support for abused children: rebuilding self-esteem; and 7) Preventing child abuse. There will be time for seminar participants to engage in questions and answers with the seminar leader.
There is a charge for the seminar which covers handouts, certificate of attendance (which can be used for continuing education credits), and a noon lunch. Early registration is needed to help prepare for this event. Participants may register by sending their name, address and phone number to St. Luke Community Center, 7 W. Rambo St., Danville, OH 43014. For more information interested parties may call the Rev. Art Lund, event coordinator, at 740-397-0702.
Published on April 10, 2012