Prevention & Education

With national studies finding 1 in 10 children be sexually abused by the age of 18, and 1 out of 2 children suffering some type of trauma during their childhood, Kristi House remains dedicated to child abuse prevention through training and education. We deliver best practice programs for schools, community groups, corporations and faith-based organizations, with different courses specifically geared for children, parents and providers.

Since founding, Kristi House has provided classes, training and education programs to more than 130,000 participants.

Please note Kristi House best-practice, core curriculum courses are offered free of charge thanks to major support from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation. Register for a free training from the upcoming dates below. Our team can also provide courses in Spanish or Creole, and train your group (in-person or virtually) for groups of 10 or more. For additional information, please contact Deborah Billings, Director of Prevention & Education.

Kristi House Education Goes Virtual…

Please note all Kristi House best-practice, core curriculum trainings are free. Courses are also available in Spanish (contact Deborah Billings). We would also be happy to come and train your staff or agency (even virtually!) for groups of 10 or more. We look forward to seeing you at one of our trainings soon.

See full calendar of course offerings, here.

Online Introduction

This 30-minute online introduction is for parents, caregivers and service professionals, to cover the basics of Kristi House services to treat and prevent child sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, and other traumas. For more information about this program, please contact Deborah Billings.

Keeping Our Children Safe

Kristi House provides training in collaboration with M-DCPS Family Support Services, Parents Helping Parents program.  Keeping Our Children Safe is a virtual presentation that can be viewed in three languages: English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.

Safety Planning for the Unexpected

Kristi House provides training in collaboration with M-DCPS Family Support Services, Parents Helping Parents program.  Safety Planning for the Unexpected is a virtual presentation for helping adults devise and adjust plans for keeping children safe during unexpected events.

Prevent Human Trafficking Education Symposium

Kristi House Education hosted a panel of Miami-Dade County professionals and experts collaborate to answer some of the most important questions on how you can keep all children safe from human trafficking. ⁣⁣
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➡️ 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐆𝐎𝐋𝐃: Marta Martinez Hasty, LCSW, Bradel Canfield⁣⁣
➡️ 𝐀𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: Nathan Earl
➡️ 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬: Theresa Kennedy⁣
➡️ 𝐕𝐈𝐃𝐀 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐈𝐧𝐜.: Maria Jose Fletcher, Esq.
➡️ 𝐆𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐦: Natalie Freitas, Esq.
➡️ 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐢𝐚𝐦𝐢, 𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜: Dr. Pat Caralis, M.D., J.D.⁣⁣
➡️ 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲: Katina Hernandez⁣⁣

Stewards of Children

Prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse…

Stewards of Children

This nationally recognized, best practice program uses videos, workbook activities and discussion to engage and educate about child sexual abuse and how to keep children safe. College students, working professionals, volunteers at child-serving organizations and other staff at agencies and community-based organizations learn that child sexual abuse knows no socio-economic, cultural or racial boundaries. Participants learn how to develop practices to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Recognize and respond to sexual behavior problems in school age children…

Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Both boys and girls might display sexual behavior problems without sexual abuse victimization being the underlying cause. Recognizing sexual behavior problems versus normal sexual development is important, as is knowing how to respond. Research suggests a quarter to half of child sexual abuse cases involves children acting out on other children, with the behavior impelled by exposure to pornography, domestic violence, or other inappropriate sexualized situations.

Strategies for Identifying and Assisting Male and LGBTQ Victims of Sex Trafficking

Strategies and tactics for identifying and engaging with male and LGBTQ youth victimized by commercial sexual exploitation…

Strategies for Identifying and Assisting Male and LGBTQ Victims of Sex Trafficking

This workshop focuses on effective strategies and tactics for identifying and engaging with male and LGBTQ youth victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. The workshop will cover misconceptions regarding the intersectionality of males, sexual orientation and gender expression, and toxic masculinity. Learn about proven methodologies used by researchers to engage male and LGBTQ youth.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC 101)

A basic overview of child sex trafficking, the extent of the problem and the impact this type of trauma has on children…

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC 101)

This workshop provides a basic overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), the extent of the problem and the impact this type of trauma has on children. It also includes tips for identifying and engaging victims of child sex trafficking, and discussion of services needed for healing and reintegration into mainstream society. It is a Florida DCF-approved training for those working with trafficking victims.

What Every Adult Needs to Know

Learn how to identify signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, and techniques for prevention…

What Every Adult Needs to Know

What Every Adult Needs to Know presentation is especially designed for parents who would like to be better equipped to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring and for adults working in child-serving organizations. Learn how to identify signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, understand the dynamics of sexual abuse — particularly the manipulative behavior of perpetrators — and learn techniques to support open communication with children to prevent future victimization. Information about Kristi House services and programs is provided.

C-START Project

For Miami-Dade community of providers who serve children who are overcoming trauma…

C-START Project

Miami C-START has focused on building community-wide capacity to deliver evidence-based interventions for treating child trauma and grief. Most interventions are grounded in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. C-START utilizes a Community-Based Learning Collaborative model that seeks to engage multiple stakeholders to ensure that children receive appropriate screening, referral to services, and quality treatment. Children in the child welfare system in Miami-Dade are of particular focus.

Children and Traumatic Stress

Understand traumatic events and their impact on a child’s behavior…

Child Traumatic Stress

Child traumatic stress refers to the physical and emotional responses of a child to events that threaten the life of the child or of someone critically important to the child. Social workers, teachers, counselors and others who plan to work with children in other ways are invited to participate in this informative program to gain an understanding of traumatic events and their impact on a child’s behavior, demeanor and long-term well-being.

Hurricanes: Supporting Families through Trauma

Promote resilience in children exposed to tropical weather threats before, during and after the storm…

Hurricanes: Supporting Families through Trauma

Studies suggest being informed and prepared for storms lessens the impact of trauma on young children. In this training we provide guidance on how families can better prepare for and respond to hurricanes and the threat of hurricanes in ways that diminish child suffering and trauma in the aftermath of a storm. We identify key factors that can promote resilience in children exposed to tropical weather threats before, during, and after the storm.

Child Safety Matters

A program to educate and protect school-age children and teens from all types of bullying, abuse, and victimization…

Child Safety Matters

Child Safety Matters® is a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum for elementary, middle, and high-school aged students. The program educates and empowers children and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of abuse, and the dangers of digital abuse.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Safety for Teens

An awareness raising program for middle and high school students on what commercial sexual exploitation is, who it happens to, and how…

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Safety for Teens

This awareness-raising program for middle and high school aged students discusses what commercial sexual exploitation is, who it happens to, and how. Society’s glamorization of prostitution and pornography is explored along with perceptions of self and others. Resources for kids at risk or involved “in the life” are provided. Materials are developed by the U.S. Department of Justice and leading U.S. CSEC programs.

Not a #Number

A program for teens on how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation…

Not a #Number

Not a #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not a #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities.

NetSmartz Online Safety

A program for children and teens on how to be safer online, and be more aware of potential risks…

NetSmartz Online Safety

NetSmartz, by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is an online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children to be safer online with the goal of helping them become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on and offline.

Stay Safe - Teen Dating

A program for teens on how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation…

Stay Safe - Teen Dating

This program helps teens date more safely and establish healthy relationships. Safety skills include helping teens identify harmful dating behavior and understanding the difference between physical and emotional abuses, while noting the severity and impact of both. The program engages teens through scenarios, role play, and videos to identify the difference between normal conflict and abusive patterns, and to reject abuse as normal.

Kristi House Education Team

Deborah Billings
Director of Prevention & Education
Phone: (786) 510-6405
Skype: South Miami-Dade
Jessica Hylton
Education and Outreach Specialist
Phone: (786) 343-0700
Skype: South Miami Dade
Patricia Zedler
Education and Outreach Specialist
Phone: (786) 510-5005
Skype: Central & North Miami-Dade
Kristi House Education Team: Johannie Llano, Deborah Billings, Patricia Zedler, Jessica Hylton.
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