Advocacy and Training Alliance provides structured training programs based on current research models recognized as “best practice.” The training provides a solid therapeutic foundation through didactic and experiential opportunities. Training is conducted by local and statewide experts in conjunction with credentialed Advocacy and Training Alliance faculty.

CSAYC - Clinical Credential

The Clinical Credential program is for practitioners who have worked at least one year with youth and have a Master's degree or higher. Applicants are awarded the Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician (CSAYC) certification upon successful completion of the curriculum training and field instruction experience. Applicants receive advanced training (didactic and experiential) specific to youth with sexual behavior problems and their families in a number of areas. The credential program requires the completion of a field instruction experience at the clinician's work site or an alternative site.

One of the following must be completed.
Email to prior to the first day of training.
a. TF-CBT online course - to be paid separately from our training fee.
b. EMDR Certificate consisting of 2 weekends of training AND 10 hours of consultation calls. EMDR training is paid separately from our training fee.

Twenty hours of applicable continuing education is required every 2 years to maintain Level 1 - CSAYC credentials.  Credentials expire November of even years.

Cost: $2500

Date:    October 18-20, 2022 and November 29-December 2, 2022

You must be able to attend all 8 days of training.

Location: All training will be on zoom.

New registration format via Lecture Panda and Neon CRM.
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Future Training Dates: (locations will be determined closer to training dates)
Price for these trainings will be $2500

2023 Dates TBD

CSAYP - Management/Program Credential

Level 2 training is designed for the unique role of the non-clinician professionals who have responsibilities in the oversight and administration of services or who provides direct services at the bachelor level. Applicant must have a Bachelor's degree and at least 1 year of experience. Applicants are awarded the Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Professional (CSAYP) certification upon successful completion of the curriculum training and a project completed onsite at their agency.

Twenty hours of applicable continuing education is required every 2 years to maintain Level 2 - CSAYP credentials.

Cost: $850

Date: September 28-30, 2022

Location: All 3 days will be on Zoom.

New registration format via Lecture Panda and Neon CRM.
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Future Training Dates: (locations will be determined closer to training dates)
Training fee for these dates is $850

2023 Dates TBD

Direct Care Certificate of Training

Level 3 training is recommended for direct care professionals who provide treatment to youth who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviors. Participants will gain information to improve a child's success in treatment and their continued success after treatment.

Date: Call to schedule

Total training hours: 1 day;  8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 per person; money is non-refundable

Training Dates: Call to schedule - Training is available via zoom or in person

For questions about this training, Contact us

Foster Parent Certificate of Training - Circle of Safety Training Opportunity!

This training program is recommended for foster parents and provides information on safety for the child, family, and community. Foster Parents learn how sexually harmful behaviors develop and how to be an active part of the child's treatment team. Practical, effective and respectful plans to ensure safety are provided.

Circles of Safety®-the Stop It Now! training and technical assistance program-educates and supports adults and organizations responsible for providing safe and healthy environments for children. Based on violence prevention and bystander engagement research, as well as public health and adult education models, Circles of Safety delivers practical and customizable training that is easy to implement to prepare and guide adults to be active agents in children's safety planning at home, in the community, and in youth-serving organizations. Through Circles of Safety training tools and practice, adults learn to address barriers and misconceptions that may interfere with preventive actions. Adults can become more confident, comfortable, and knowledgeable about protecting children from sexual harm.  This training is to prepare to prevent sexual abuse.

Stop it Now! Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Opportunities in Indiana:

Workshop 1 - Circles of Safety: Understanding the Role of Healthy Sexual Development and Education in Sexual Abuse Prevention 

This workshop presents key steps in child sexual abuse prevention. Understanding and promoting healthy sexual development for children in foster care settings is critical to helping them achieve increased health, safety, and well-being. By increasing participants' knowledge, confidence and comfort, participants will be able to better recognize and support children's sexual safety. Participants will learn how to use safety rules as tools to help keep children and youth safe.

Workshop 2- Circles of Safety: Understanding and Responding to Warning Signs

This workshop identifies behaviors in both children and adults that are warning signs that a child is at risk of being sexually abused or that a child is being sexually abused. Participants will be able to recognize and respond to warning signs specifically in adults' behaviors that may contribute to increasing the vulnerability of an environment. Communication tools for adults to talk with other adults about children's sexual safety will be introduced and practiced.

Interested in training, please contact us  - trainings are available via zoom or in person

Youth Needs Progress Scale 2-Day Training

Presenter: Sue Righthand
Dr. Sue Righthand is a psychologist in independent practice. She has extensive experience working with youth and adults who have sexually offended, as well as individuals who have experienced or initiated child maltreatment and other forms of violence. Dr. Righthand has a Master's degree in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is affiliated with the University of Maine where she is an Adjunct Associate Research Professor.

Dr. Righthand's recent collaborations include the development of the Youth Needs and Progress Scale and two books: Effective Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Offended Sexually: Translating Research Into Practice and the Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents who have Sexually Offended. Also, she co-authored the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II and related research and was a member of ATSA's Adolescent Practice Guidelines Committee. She is a consultant to the National Center for Sexual Behavior in Youth (NCSBY) and provides training, program evaluations, and consultations.

Effective interventions when youth or young adults have problematic or illegal sexual behavior require high-quality assessments. Initial and subsequent risk and needs assessments are necessary for identifying appropriate treatment targets, intervention intensity, and service delivery. This training will review the development and implementation of a new evidence-informed treatment needs and progress scale and provide instruction on its use.

Training Objectives:
1. Briefly, explore the need for and development of an empirically-informed needs and progress scale for youth with problematic, abusive, or illegal sexual behavior.
2. Develop skills to rate YNPS items reliably and use findings effectively, e.g.,
3. Reviewing and understanding items and scoring procedures.
4. Practicing rating items reliably.
5. Using YNPS findings to identify treatment needs, guide interventions, and provide appropriate intervention intensity.
6. Recognize some of the challenges involved in implementing the YNPS and discuss possible ways to resolve obstacles.

Date: 2- Day training - October 3rd & 4th, 2022

Location: Zoom

Training SOLD out.

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn is a virtual one-hour learning discussion hosted by various professionals and will take place from noon to 1 p.m. EST the first Thursday of every month in 2022.

Attendance is free to all those interested! If you would like to receive a CE for your attendance there a $10 fee.  Fee must be paid via credit card.

All who attend will be asked to complete a quick post-survey to provide feedback on the discussion. For those who attend and pay to receive CE, then you will be required to complete an additional survey concerning the material covered.

Continuing Education Credits are available through the Indiana Professional Licensing Association (CE License #- 98000590A)


January 6th, 2022 Lunch and Learn Topic: "Communication on Safety Planning Between Homebased and Residential Providers"

February 3, 2022 - Ethics and Sexual Abuse Behaviors

March 3, 2022 - Assessment Tools

April 7, 2022 - Families

May 5, 2022 - Youth with ID, DD, and/or Autism and Sexually Harmful Behaviors

June 2, 2022 - Victim Treatment

July 7, 2022 - Motivational Interviewing and Working with Youth Who Have Sexually Harmed 

September 1, 2022 - History of Working with Youth who have Sexually Harmed

October 6, 2022 - Clarification and Reunification  Register Here

November 3, 2022 - Working with Residential Youth and Their Families

December 1, 2022 - Social Media Influences and Pornography