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Support Over Silence for KIDS

Monday, 01 April, 2019

Dr. Nancy Weaver and her research team will host a modified version of their Support Over Silence for KIDS bystander training, a training developed in partnership with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and two community organizations that gives bystanders the skills to confidently defuse a challenging moment between a caregiver and their child in public.

Most of us have been in a situation when we've seen a caregiver struggling to parent their child in public. This might happen in churches, stores, or hospitals where parenting stress is high. Being uncertain how to intervene, lack of personal responsibility for child abuse, and fear of negative consequences inhibit intervention and engagement. This program was developed to give community members and hospital personnel the skills to confidently defuse a challenging moment between a caregiver and their child in public. The training is 1) Empathy-driven: it is a judgement free approach that considers cultural differences and universal similarities in parenting, how they influence interactions between a child, their caregiver or parent, and how a bystander should intervene, 2) A proven approach: research supported and professionally designed to include proven techniques, and 3) Action-oriented: programming that is designed to inform and teach bystanders how to quickly evaluate a scenario leading to the best possible outcomes. Participants will walk away from this training knowing what to do in various situations.

The event will be in the Busch Student Center Room 253C.

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