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The Brain's Developmental Windows in Childhood for Learning Consent

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Learning to respect others' feelings about touch is best learned in the earliest years of life!

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The Brain's Developmental Windows in Childhood for Learning Consent with Marcie Hambrick, Ph.D., Director of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

Adults want children to grow up with healthy relationship skills. Learning to respect others’ feelings about touch is called empathy-based consent. Brain science findings show that the optimal window for children to learn empathy skills occurs early in life. Raising children who can empathize, and honor others’ wishes about consent will build protective factors to prevent child sexual abuse. In this training you will: a) understand the skills involved in respecting consent b) learn the developmental connections between childhood empathy and adult actions c) learn brain science findings on empathy and the optimal developmental window to acquire it d) learn about primary prevention strategies beginning in early childhood to prevent child sexual abuse and perpetration. You will receive practical steps you can take to teach children empathy-based consent. This training is for professionals who work with at-risk youth, such as residential care staff, therapeutic foster parents, counselors, social workers, educators, early childhood educators, after school staff, and mentors. The information can also be useful for parents, grandparents, and foster parents.

Marcie Hambrick has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University with a Family, Health, and Life Course orientation. She also holds a Master of Social Work from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalton State College. She is the Director of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. She has presented widely on topics of the intersection of housing instability and food insecurity, health care worker emotional burnout, and child sexual abuse prevention.

Dr. Hambrick’s primary focus is on implementing best practices in child sexual abuse prevention using developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed interventions that recognize adult responsibility for protecting children. She believes in programming that encompasses prevention of both victimization and perpetration.

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First 5 Lake builds the early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure Lake County's youngest children are safe, healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.

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