We are very excited to unveil our Team USA SafeSport Summit: Stop Abuse schedule. Our expert speakers will cover best practices, reference checks, crisis communications and much more. Check back soon for a detailed schedule of each session! Space is limited so don't forget to reserve your spot. See you at the Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown/Convention Center in April!
Team USA SafeSport Summit: Stop Abuse
April 21-23, 2014
Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown/Convention Center
*All sessions will take place in Silverton 1 and 2, unless noted differently.
Monday, April 21
5-7 p.m. Registration – inside hotel lobby - 4th floor
7-8:30 p.m. Closed session for NGBs only - Silverton 1 and 2
Tuesday, April 22
7:00-7:30 a.m. Registration – Silverton Foyer
7:30-7:45 a.m. Attendees will begin to proceed to Silverton 1 and 2 to be seated for morning sessions
7:45 a.m.-8 a.m. Welcome and opening address presented by Dave Ogrean, USA Hockey Executive Director
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. "Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse: Why We Can't Just "Leave it to the Professionals" presented by Stephanie Smith, southern regional director of the National Child Protection Training Center.
9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Break - coffee and tea service to be served in Silverton 1 and 2
9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Continued - "Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse: Why We Can't Just "Leave it to the Professionals" presented by Stephanie Smith, southern regional director of the National Child Protection Training Center.
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch - Silverton 3
12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. "Identifying Risks & Putting Prevention In The Hands of Local Sports Clubs: Using The Situational Prevention Approach” presented by Keith Kaufman, Ph.D., clinical psychologist/professor of psychology at Portland State University
2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Break - Snacks and drinks to be served in the Silverton Foyer
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. “Managing a Crisis” and “Receiving and Giving References Safely and Effectively” presented by Melanie Lockwood Herman, Nonprofit Risk Management Center Executive Director
5:30-6:15 p.m. Break
6:15 p.m.-7 p.m. Reception - drinks available in the Silverton Foyer (wine and beer cash bar - attendees will be given one free drink ticket)
7-9 p.m. Keynote Dinner – address presented by former NFL defensive lineman Joe Ehrmann will begin at 8 p.m.
9-10 p.m. USA Volleyball closed session - Silverton 3 Ballroom
Wednesday, April 23
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. “Prevention” presented by W. Scott Lewis, Partner with The NCHERM Group
9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Break - coffee and tea service to be served in Silverton Ballroom
9:45 a.m.-Noon Continued - “Prevention” presented by W. Scott Lewis, Partner with The NCHERM Group
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch - Silverton 3
1-2:15 p.m. “Response” presented by W. Scott Lewis, Partner with The NCHERM Group
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break - Snacks and drinks to be served in the Silverton Foyer
2:30-5 p.m. Continued - “Response” presented by W. Scott Lewis, Partner with The NCHERM Group
Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse: Why We Can't Just "Leave it to the Professionals"
Presented by Stephanie Smith
As the southern regional director of the National Child Protection Training Center, Stephanie Smith has spent years studying sexual abuse cases. During this workshop, she will address the following frequently asked questions:
After hearing from Smith, you'll be better equipped to protect children from sexual abuse.
- What is child sexual abuse?
- Who's most at risk of being abused?
- How can I tell if there is peer-to-peer child sexual abuse?
- How do I respond if I suspect a child is being sexually abuse, and when do I need to report?
Identifying Risks & Putting Prevention In The Hands of Local Sports Clubs:
Using The Situational Prevention Approach
Presented by Dr. Keith Kaufman
More than 44 million children participate in youth sports each year. While participation is safe for the vast majority of children, we know that sexual abuse continues to occur in these settings, despite best efforts. Local youth sports organizations face a variety of different safety challenges based on a broad array of factors including: sport characteristics (e.g., team vs. individual), coaching requirements (e.g., one-to-one vs. team-based), practice and competition venues (outdoor fields vs. indoor facilities), travel and tournament schedules, involvement of volunteers (e.g., volunteer coaches vs. professional coaches), age of the child participant, and the level of competition (e.g., elite vs. recreational). As such, "one size fits all" prevention approaches are less effective, rarely take advantage of local expertise, and are less likely to involve parents.
The Situational Prevention Approach (SPA) is a sustainable (no monetary cost) and easy to use prevention strategy that can be tailored to the specific needs of each local sports club. This approach is self-directed and focuses on the identification of safety risks as well as the development of practical solutions. It has been successfully used for many years to create safer housing and crime prevention around the world and has recently been adapted by Dr. Kaufman to prevent child sexual abuse in youth serving organizations.
This workshop will describe the Situational Prevention Approach (SPA). It will review promising findings from a three year pilot project with Boys and Girls Clubs of American as a foundation for its use with their 4000+ clubs across the country (funded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape). Lessons learned from this project and consultation to other youth serving organizations will also be shared in a "how to" oriented format that will facilitate the use of the SPA in participants' own local sports organizations. Handouts and references will support participants' use of the SPA.
Managing a Crisis
Presented by Melanie Lockwood Herman
According to Melanie Lockwood Herman, executive director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, being versed in crisis management can be an organization’s saving grace during a sensitive situation. At this workshop, she’ll share tips on how to keep your nonprofit’s reputation and mission-critical services intact during a crisis episode. She will also teach leaders how to develop a crisis management plan, give criteria for selecting a confident spokesperson and explain how to respond effectively and compassionately to victims of the crisis.
Receiving and Giving References Safely and Effectively
Presented by Melanie Lockwood Herman
Believing that staff screening is an art, Melanie Lockwood Herman of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center is adamant that reference checking is the single best technique when it comes to screening potential employees. At this fast-paced workshop, she explains how to get helpful references from former employers and how organizations can give references without exposing their nonprofit to undue legal risks.
Prevention and Response
Presented by W. Scott Lewis
One of the most in-demand risk management consultants in the country, Lewis brings more than 20 years of experience as a student affairs administrator and consultant in higher education. During his presentation, he will first focus on abuse prevention, addressing common myths associated with prevention requirements and outlining effective prevention practices. Lewis will then discuss how to respond to allegations and complaints, focusing on these core issues:
- When do we know? – Actual versus Constructive notice
- Who should (or has to) tell us? – “Mandatory Reporters”
- What do we have to do when we know? – Obligations
- What if the person doesn't want us to do anything?
- What is retaliation?
Have a question about or want to make a suggestion for our summit? Email StopAbuse@usoc.org.
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