Let’s Talk About Prevention: Online Learning Series

What is Let’s Talk About Prevention?

Let’s Talk About Prevention is a free online learning series related to child abuse, bullying, exploitation, and other types of victimization. With in-person conferences being canceled or postponed due to the current global pandemic, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children wanted to help our Facilitators and other youth-serving organization staff continue their professional development. The result is a series of nine one-hour webinars throughout the summer on important child protection and prevention topics, to include: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Prevention and Research, Digital Safety, Exploitation, and more.

Who will be speaking and when?

The webinars will be presented by leading experts in the prevention field and partners of MBF. The schedule and list of speakers and topics can be viewed below.

Who should attend?

This series can benefit anyone. Professionals such as school counselors, educators, child advocates, and youth-serving organization staff will benefit by learning new information and strategies to keep children safe. Parents and concerned adults will also learn about child victimization and ways to better protect their children.

Why should I attend?

Each live event is an interactive learning opportunity for you to attend from the comfort of your own home at no cost. Upon registration, attendees will have the option to submit questions they’d like speakers to address during their session. Each event will also allow 5-10 minutes at the end of the session for questions and answers.

Can I get Continuing Education Credit?

While we have not applied to any organizations for formal Continuing Education Credits, each registered attendee who attends the live webinar will receive a Certificate of Completion (fillable PDF) at the completion of the webinar via email to submit on their own to their professional organization for credit.

Prevent 360° – A Better Way to Protect Children from Abuse and Victimization.

Thursday, August 13th – 12:30 pm ET

Co-Speaker: Katelyn Brewer
Darkness to Light

Co-Speaker: Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MA
Vice President of Programs
Monique Burr Foundation for Children




Stolen Innocence. A Personal Story of Abuse, Healing, Advocacy, and the Importance of Prevention.

Speaker: Erin Merryn


Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health Disparities: The Life-Course Effects of Childhood Trauma and Why Prevention Must Be a Leading Priority.

Speaker: Stan Sonu, MD, MPH


Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Variety of Strategies.

Speaker: David Finkelhor, PhD


Healing Trauma with Empathy and Teaching Resilience to Move Forward.

Speaker: Michele Borba, EdD


Social Media & Emerging Tech: Motivating Mindful, Empathetic & Responsible Use to Prevent Digital Abuse.

Speaker: Richard Guerry


Emerging Trends in Child Sexual Exploitation: Protecting Children Online

Speaker: Susan Kennedy, Ed.M.


Prevention and Early Recognition of Child Sex and Labor Trafficking.

Speaker: Jordan Greenbaum, MD


The Science of Preventing Child Maltreatment.

Speaker: Melissa A. Bright, PhD


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What They're Saying...

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.

There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.

The MBF Teen Safety Matters curriculum hosts an in-depth approach to important social and safety concerns relevant to youth. The program content is age-appropriate with engaging activities, jargon, and realistic situations to positively promote a relatable and impacting learning experience…Teen Safety Matters is an educational benefit to all parties involved – students, parents, facilitators, and schools.

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