Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute comes to North Carolina, October 5-7, 2015

This fall we are excited to bring a significant Kidpower training to North Carolina. Kidpower Founder and Executive Director Irene van der Zande will be leading the Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, from October 5-7. I will be helping to facilitate along with my Kidpower North Carolina Center Co-director Maryjane Hayes, but I have to say that this is a very special opportunity to train directly with Irene, learning how to apply her “Problems into Practices” method to your own life and work. With three days of learning, role plays, customized practices, and ongoing support, Irene is a master at both teaching personal safety skills and helping others apply them to the situations they find themselves in. We came up with the “Problems into Practices” name after I saw her time and time again ask workshop participants to come up with a real problem from their lives, and turn it into a practice that would help solve the problem. In addition to being the Founder and Executive Director of Kidpower, Irene is a master facilitator (who also has deep organizational development experience) and a creative, spontaneous improviser. Whatever challenges someone throws her way, Irene can come up with a constructive solution. She puts this all together in a way that helps transmit Kidpower skills to others, to take back to their own communities. I appreciate the way that Irene will not only ask about a problem, but will say “show me,” to have people act out the part of the person who is breaking the rules, while Irene models how to set a boundary, speak up, and redirect or get help as necessary. The solution can then be worked out with the whole group.

Who should take this training? It is clearly beneficial for classroom teachers, therapists, and parents, and anyone who works directly with children. Last summer when I attended the three-day Institute in California, I was amazed by the variety of people who attended, and the distances they had traveled to participate, including a Red Cross trainer from Nepal, a social worker from Singapore, and a martial arts instructor from Australia.

The seed of Kidpower grew out of the self-defense movement, but over the last 25 years it has grown to encompass many forms of “people safety” and ways to create healthy relationships. Having healthy boundaries doesn’t just stop “bad guys” in their tracks, these skills help sculpt healthy relationships with those who are nearest and dearest to us. Having awareness, speaking up in a strong voice, getting help when needed–these are skills that help in an emergency AND are useful every day. Whether you are trying to get along with difficult family members, stop classroom teasing, or create a positive social climate in the workplace, Kidpower training can help.

There are many paths to getting Kidpower training, from books, to an in-person workshop where we have Centers, to becoming a certified Kidpower Instructor. The Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute was developed to create a substantial, significant professional development training for people who wanted to really learn the Kidpower Positive Practice Teaching Method (and Problems into Practices) and apply this knowledge, without undergoing the extensive process of becoming a certified Kidpower Instructor or opening a Kidpower Training Center. Therefore this training is perfect for professionals in the fields of education, social work, or human relations, but it is open to parents and others as well.

Here are the details about our upcoming training:

Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute: October 5, 6, and 7, 2015, taking place at the Redwoods Group training center, Morrisville, North Carolina – near the Raleigh-Durham International airport (RDU).

Registration fee of $1050 includes pre-training preparation, the three-day program, 212 page training manual, and a follow-up meeting by phone, e-mail, or Skype. Participants need to arrange their own lodging, meals, and travel. The earlier you register, the more time you have for pre-training preparation! Fee will be reduced substantially for early registration or for more than one person coming from the same organization or school.

Certificate of Completion: Participants who successfully complete this training will receive a certificate of completion. Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Continuing Education Provider, and we will provide documentation of completion to other professional CE credit.

For more information or to register, contact Maryjane Hayes,, 919-586-7061.

Topics include:

Kidpower’s Underlying Principle and key child protection strategies.

10 Core “People Safety” Skills to take charge of safety, prevent problems, increase confidence, and develop strong relationships.

Kidpower’s Positive Practice Teaching Method to make rehearsing safety skills and coaching use in daily life both successful and fun.

Assessment skills for recognizing specific child and teen personal safety issues.

Signs, statements, and policies to promote cultures of caring, respect, and safety.

Boundary-setting skills for advocating for safety effectively, respectfully, and persistently.

Intervention skills for stopping and redirecting unsafe or disrespectful behavior powerfully and respectfully.

How to use and teach People Safety, Relationship Safety, and Positive Peer skills to different ages and abilities.

Applying Kidpower strategies and skills to address specific problems of bullying, abuse, violence, and other child maltreatment.

“I first learned about Kidpower when I worked as a Child Protection programme manager in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon some years ago. I had the opportunity to invite a Kidpower trainer to work with the social workers who were part of the programme. After observing the workshop, I was convinced that this was the missing link in the programme and that I needed to learn more about Kidpower. While observing the Kidpower workshop, I couldn’t help but think: “How I wish someone had taught me this when I was a kid!” Many of the social workers felt the same way. On a professional level, I realised that this is what had been missing in our programme. Instead of talking about child protection systems and the impact of child abuse, here was a trainer showing the social workers what to DO about it. They practised how to intervene and make a real difference in their daily work with children. It was so empowering. I am hoping to introduce Kidpower skills from the Institute in the Child Resilience trainings we do for Red Cross/Red Crescent volunteers all over the world, so they can pass on their skills to children living in conflict/disaster affected communities.” – Zara Sezberg, Red Cross Trainer

“I have seen firsthand how the Kidpower Positive Practice Teaching Method strengthens skill development by actively engaging students with concepts and questions relevant to them. The Kidpower Institute gave our participating staff members valuable guidance and insights we are integrating in our ongoing process of making PCA trainings as effective, engaging, and relevant as possible. We have also appreciated the opportunity to incorporate ideas from Kidpower’s exceptional safety curriculum into our program.” – Ruben Nieves, Director of Training, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

“I came to the Institute to learn more about teaching self protective skills to children and teens. After searching the Internet for resources, i observed that Kidpower articulates the skills they teach well and in a fun and positive way. Personally, the Kidpower program has helped me to be more aware of the power within me and how I project it. Practicing these skills by using my body and voice was an empowering experience. It was also fun! I could feel the positive energy of the trainers and the spirit in which the skills are taught. Professionally, the Institute has been very useful as Kidpower names the skills and demonstrated so concretely that I left feeling confident about coaching my patients. Since returning, I have built in coaching these skills or concepts such as “problems should not be secrets” and role played with my patients how to be persistent in getting help from adults as part of safety education and planning with the patients who were brought in for having experienced suspected child abuse. I used to think that advocacy is something anyone, especially parents, would do for their children but in my experience, some parents tend to advocate or think about safety less for their children either due to lack of awareness or due to other stressors in their lives. Now, I am feeling more prepared to teach about advocacy skills in our local context to prepare the parents I work with to advocate on behalf of their children.” — Eng Peng Peng, Social Worker, Singapore

“Kidpower has an outstanding track record of teaching parents and other caring adults effective skills without creating fear. As a public safety officer, I strongly believe that a great deal of violence, including bullying and abuse, could be prevented if everyone had these skills.” – Manny Solano, Chief of Police, Watsonville CA City Police Department.

Program Use. Participants who successfully complete this training will be encouraged to teach and use these skills if they agree to follow Kidpower’s Permission to Use Requirements. As long as they acknowledge our organization for use of our program and tell people how to reach us, participants will have permission to say that they have been trained by Kidpower to be “Child Protection Advocates” or “Protectors of Children” and that they are “using or teaching safety skills from the Kidpower program.” However, unless people are certified as instructors by our organization, they do NOT have permission to call themselves “Kidpower Instructors”; say that they are teaching “Kidpower workshops”; or use our copyrighted marketing or program language for promotion or fundraising. For further information about becoming certified by Kidpower to teach workshops under our auspices, please see our Kidpower Instructor Training Program.

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