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Become a Facilitator
An authorized Facilitator is an individual who has been trained by Darkness to Light to deliver the Stewards of Children training program to adults in their organization or community. Facilitators are advocates for keeping children safe from sexual abuse and are key to spreading the prevention message.
Who Should Become a Facilitator?
Typically, someone becomes trained as a Facilitator for two reasons:
How Do I Become a Facilitator?
To become an Authorized Facilitator, you must attend a Facilitator Workshop. These train-the-trainer workshops are held regularly in cities across the country. The cost of the workshop is $450 and includes:
What Skills Are Needed to be a Facilitator?
Facilitators model the core principals of Stewards of Children in the community by talking openly about child sexual abuse and engaging adults in the discussion. It takes courage and commitment to increase people’s knowledge and to change attitudes about child sexual abuse. While teaching or training experience is not required, you must feel comfortable speaking and presenting in front of large audiences. Good presentation, listening, and communication skills are all critically important in being an effective facilitator.
In addition, you should consider how talking about this issue regularly and openly in public will affect you personally. It is difficult to hear personal stories of abuse. You must be prepared to be immersed in the topic without it having a negative or traumatic effect on you. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse this is an especially important consideration.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Facilitator?
Once authorized, Facilitators have access to a Facilitator Only section of our website where you will find useful resources and the opportunity to connect with Facilitators who are making prevention happen in their communities.