Creating Protective Communities for Children




Session Description

So many of us want to prevent sexual violence among the children we work with and don’t know how best to do so. This activity-driven workshop provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on the safety messages we receive and other factors that leave our children at risk. Learn how to proactively and effectively prevent sexual violence in your communities by using a community-based approach to “grooming” and other tactics that perpetrators use, rather than an individual child approach. Examine barriers to intervention and practice strategies proven to reduce sexual abuse in communities.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Identify barriers to preventing sexual violence against children.
     #2 Describe features of communities that are deterrents to perpetrators.
     #3 Create plans for responding to concerns of sexual violence.

About the Presenters

Alena Schaim, Executive Director, Resolve
Presenter, Alena Schaim's headshotAlena Schaim is the executive director and instructor at Resolve; a violence prevention organization that serves Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Northern New Mexico. She has been working to prevent violence and support survivors for over a decade. Her work centers around helping people shift beliefs that shape norms and speak up for themselves and others. She has supported school districts and school staff in implementing policies that support youth most impacted by bullying and violence. Alena has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including empowerment self-defense, sexual and domestic violence, and preventing violence for specific communities.

Presenter, Jess Clark's headshotJess Clark, Education & Prevention Manager, Solace Crisis Treatment Center
Jess Clark is the education and prevention manager for Solace Crisis Treatment Center in Santa Fe. He has been involved in social change and sexual violence prevention work for over a decade. His work focuses on increasing youth capacity for healthy relationship navigation as well as collaborating with faculty and administration on policy building and implementation to achieve school climate change. Jess is a board member for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and has presented at regional and national conferences about topics including transgender identities, sexual violence, and queer masculinities

Continuing Education 

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion. 


May 19 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




(505) 266-3451