Wynona’s House, Essex County’s Child Advocacy Center, Holds 2022 Training, Workshops on Child Maltreatment

Wynona’s House, Essex County’s Child Advocacy Center, Holds 2022 Training, Workshops on Child Maltreatment

October 12, 2022 Off By administrator

Essex County

By: Yuritza Arroyo

The Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center proudly presented its 2022 Training and Workshops on Child Maltreatment, titled “Child Safety in the Dawn of the Metaverse – Are We Ready for This New Frontier?” which consists of two training events.

According to officials the first event was held at Montclair State University on October 11.

It aims to improve collaborative responses to the emerging threat of victimization for children in virtual environments, such as metaverses.

Even though metaverses may be virtual, the impact is real.

The workshops focused on enhancing Children Advocacy Center (CAC) and multidisciplinary team (MDT) competencies to improve collaborative response and provision of an array of services, including medical and mental health, to children victimized in virtual environments as well as current and evolving laws, strategies, and practices to help protect children online and keep them safe.

This training offered 4.5 continuing education credits.

Honored guests and speakers included:

  • Internationally Recognized Child Abuse Expert Michael Johnson
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victim Services Division, Child Victim Services Unit Forensic Child Interview Specialist Maggie Sweeney, MSW, LSW
  • Metro Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Dr. Karyn C. Smarz
  • William Paterson University, PsyD Program Director of Clinical Training & New Jersey Psychological Association Executive Board Member Dr. Aileen Torres

Training topics provided valuable information for medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement professionals, social workers, educators, advocates, and child protection workers.

In-person attendees also had the opportunity to try a virtual reality headset to understand metaverses better.

Details about the event are available at www.wynonashouse.org/events/2022-trainings-and-workshops-on-child-maltreatment.

The next event in this training series will be offered on November 14.

Wynona’s House will be the first to stream the documentary “Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic” in the tri-state area.

The film is “an investigation into the world of online grooming and sextortion–a present-day reality for one in seven children online.” Watch the trailer and learn more at www.sextortionfilm.com. 

“Every year, we have the opportunity to educate our communities on emerging threats to child wellbeing and the latest developments in child advocacy,” stated Dominic Prophete, CEO of Wynona’s House, Essex County’s Child Advocacy Center.

“Threats to children on the internet have evolved to…

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