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.


Healing Trauma with Empathy and Teaching Resilience to Move Forward.

Thursday, July 9th – 12:30 pm ET

Speaker: Michele Borba, EdD
Parenting & Child Expert, Educational Psychologist
Best-Selling Author, Speaker


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

Thursday, July 16th – 12:30 pm ET

Speaker: Richard Guerry
Founder and Executive Director
Institute for Responsible Online and Cell Phone Communication (IROC2)



Emerging Trends in Child Sexual Exploitation: Protecting Children Online!

Thursday, July 23rd – 12:30 pm ET

Speaker: Susan Kennedy, Ed.M.
Prevention Program Manager
Outreach, Training & Prevention
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children



Prevention and Early Recognition of Child Sex and Labor Trafficking.

Thursday, July 30th – 12:30 pm ET

Speaker: Jordan Greenbaum, MD

Medical Director, Global Child Health and Well Being Initiative
International Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Medical Director, Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking at
Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children,
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta



The Science of Preventing Child Maltreatment.

Thursday, August 6th – 12:30 pm ET

Speaker: Melissa A. Bright, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Pediatrics
University of Florida



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

“In school, we received tornado drills and bus drills and we were taught stranger danger every year. But no one was educating me on personal body safety and safe vs unsafe touches.” – Erin Merryn, Founder of Erin’s Law


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

“With growing enthusiasm and commitment to address the problem ACEs through preventive efforts, schools, and organizations that work with students are in need of practical and applicable trainings to engage in this effort. The Monique Burr Foundation offers evidence-based programs that schools can utilize that are effective in reducing the incidence of child maltreatment and ACEs. Any school looking to get engaged with preventing ACEs should look into what MBF offers.” – Dr. Stan Sonu, Emory University


Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Variety of Strategies.

Speaker: David Finkelhor, PhD


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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 Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

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