Center for Hope trains professionals, youth-serving organizations, caregivers, community members, and others looking to improve their skills and protect the vulnerable. We work to prevent violence before it happens by educating about preventative practices. Through its training efforts, Center for Hope indirectly improve the lives of tens of thousands of people across the world each year.

Center for Hope offers the following classes. They may be customized for your youth serving organization. All of our offerings are eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work.


Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Youth

This is a training that will provide information on understanding the LGBTQ population with a focus on youth. General terminology and prevalence of sexual abuse/assault will be discussed as well as how to work with caregivers. The audiences for this workshop are social workers, counselors, psychologists, case managers, medical professionals, and law enforcement.


Building a Blueprint for Child Protection

Child Protection BCAC will help explore how to engage community leaders and stakeholders to help institutions better protect children of all ages by encouraging higher standards of child protection. Our goal is to change the way that youth-serving organizations (YSOs) and their funders view child protection and crises. This session will discuss innovative ways that both funders and YSOs alike can engage their community in prevention efforts and proactively arm the YSOs in their community against risk.


Camp Training

We will provide camp staff with a comprehensive understanding on what child abuse and neglect is, the emotional and developmental impact on children, and how allegations of child abuse effect camp as a whole. Sessions will include scenario evaluation, age appropriate modules, video demonstrations, and custom content designed for your camp, or youth-serving organization, and its unique culture.


Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children is the leading evidence based child sexual abuse prevention program in the country. The training program aims to empower adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light is open to anyone who wants to make a difference in their community.


Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

This training will review the current research, the significance of early ACE study, and why there is consensus in the field regarding the adverse effects of children witnessing violence. We will discuss neurobiological, emotional and psychological factors as well as parenting in this context and what you can do in your work with families to increase resilience.


Discipline and Abuse: Where is the Line?

The difference between child abuse and child discipline may seem obvious to most. However, to some it is unclear where to draw the line. The workshop will offer guidelines and lessons that help to clarify the difference.


Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

This training will detail the circumstances impacting sexual abuse victims and the process of disclosure. We will discuss family dynamics, the child's age and developmental level, their relationship to the suspect, grooming and responses from the non­offending caregiver. Participants will learn the common symptoms and how pervasive myths about sexual abuse continue to create


Effectively Communicating with Youth

Effective communication is a key component in engaging today's youth. You have to speak the language but more importantly, you have to know their language. This workshop will introduce you to the methods and insights necessary to not only hear from youth, but to listen. This workshop will assist you to help them develop their voice in their language.


Engaging Families in the Mental Health Process: For Providers

This workshop will share information about how service providers can engage families in services including ideas, tips, examples and programming ideas. In this training, individuals will learn what resources are most useful to certain clients and how to use these tools. Instructors will provide interactive examples of how to successfully engage families and improve outcomes for youth.


Ethical Decision-Making in Social Work Practice

This training will review the NASW Code of Ethics core principles and responsibilities and provide a framework for ethical decision making in social work. This workshop will how ethical decision making may look in real life and learn how to avoid potential ethical issues.


Experiences (ACEs): Impact on Future Health & Social Outcomes

In 1995, CDC researchers discovered 10 common ACEs relating to child abuse, neglect and household dysfunction that have remarkably been proven to have costly detrimental outcomes as children become adults. Participants will gain appreciation of the ACE study and how its findings impact adult outcomes.


How Does That Make You Feel? Vicarious Trauma and Building Resiliency

Dealing with traumatic material on a daily basis can cause professionals to feel exhausted and hopeless. This workshop will address the emotional, mental, and physical toll that is often imposed on those in helping professions. Professionals will learn how to strengthen themselves and their organizations against compassion fatigue and burnout. They will also learn how to incorporate resiliency into their everyday work lives.


How Human Trafficking Affects Vulnerable Populations: Persons with Disabilities

Human Trafficking is a crime that plagues the United States and preys on the vulnerabilities of youth. A group that is highly vulnerable are those individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants will learn how individuals with these disabilities are highly vulnerable to being trafficked and becoming prey to commercial sexual exploitation. Participants will learn how to respond to youth who they suspect might be victimized and how a forensic interview could be conducted. Information from Case examples will be utilized throughout the training.


Internet Safety for Parents and the Community

As technology is constantly evolving, we must stay well-informed of all the dangers that threaten adults and children. This course will drive home a constant theme to take into consideration and to reiterate to children that everything we post on the Internet is both public and permanent. We will also discuss Internet technology that children have easy access to and ideas on how to neutralize the dangers they can sometimes pose.

Introduction to Child Advocacy

This is a comprehensive orientation on the collaborative and trauma-informed approach of the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) model of child abuse investigations. Participants will be introduced to child welfare terminology, how child sexual abuse is investigated, what services and activities occur at CACs, and the roles and responsibilities of various agencies.


Medical Aspects of Child Sexual Abuse

The medical portion of the child sexual abuse investigation can offer useful information to the investigative team. This presentation demystifies the medical portion of the child sexual abuse investigation by discussing conditions sexually abused children present; behavioral concerns, physical exam findings, and STDs. Cases will also be presented in the course of the discussion.


Memory and Suggestibility in Children

This training will review early and current research regarding memory and suggestibility in children. Pivotal criminal cases will be reviewed. We will discuss how to talk to children in ways that minimize problems of suggestibility including question types and developmental considerations.


Raising of America Documentary Viewing and Discussion

Recent studies stress how a child's earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long emotional, intellectual and even physical health and development. Exposure to a nurturing or adverse environment in the early years affects how we think, feel and relate to others as we age, our capacities for empathy, impulse control and even love. The Raising of America Series is a five­part documentary series that will explore policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children.


Understanding and Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

Understanding the mindset of human trafficking victims is important to helping them restore their lives. This workshop will discuss the specific topics that will support someone who could be a victim of human trafficking. We also offer separate training on particularly vulnerable trafficked communities.


Understanding Your Responsibilities as a Mandated Reporter

Participants will gain an understanding of relevant state laws, requirements for reporting, and the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. This workshop will provide participants with reasons to report and information on how to report. We will also explore the long-term impact of abuse on children.


Working with the Latino Community: Case Studies on Barriers to Access

This training will give insight on cultural influences that Latino populations face while living in the United States. A perspective of how Latinos view family, friends, social interactions, religion, and health will be provided for professionals who administer direct services to Latino communities in an effort to increase cultural competency.