Our trained, authorized facilitators are advocates for keeping children safe from sexual abuse.

A Darkness to Light 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 model the core values of Stewards of Children® in their community by talking openly about child sexual abuse and engaging adults in discussion.

WHO SHOULD BECOME A FACILITATOR?

Typically, someone becomes trained as a facilitator for two reasons:

  • You work or volunteer for an organization that wants to hold regular Stewards of Children® training sessions, perhaps to train all the organization’s staff and volunteers or to offer training to the community
  • You want to start or be involved in a prevention initiative in their community and offer Stewards of Children® training program to a variety of individuals and organizations

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

  • 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.
  • You should consider how talking about the 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.

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 and virtually. The cost of the workshop is $450 and includes:

  • Instructions on the philosophy and purpose of Stewards of Children®, mastery of the training curriculum, preparation for and promoting the program, and facilitator policies and procedures
  • A Facilitator Workshop Kit, which is everything you need to facilitate your first training of 10 seats. This includes items such as the Facilitator Guide and Script, training videos preloaded on a Stewards of Children® USB, a sticker sheet, Stewards of Children® Workbooks, and more.

  • Access to the Facilitator Dashboard for additional materials and resources.

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FACILITATOR?

  • Schedule and facilitate at least four Stewards of Children® sessions a year.
  • Purchase trainings for each person you intend to train. Facilitators are authorized to charge participants additional costs cover time and expenses.
  • Shipping costs of your Facilitator Workshop Kit.
  • Sign a facilitator agreement accepting all facilitator policies and agree to a background check.

 

FACILITATOR WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Darkness to Light currently has over 13,000 Certified Instructors and Authorized Facilitators representing all 50 states and 115 countries. If you would like to become a Facilitator, please see the upcoming Workshop dates below to start your training journey!

July 18, 2024 – 9 a.m. ET
July 30, 2024 – 9 a.m. ET
August 6, 2024 – 9 a.m. ET
August 22, 2024 – 9 a.m. ET
August 27, 2024 – 9 a.m. ET
August 29, 2024 – 9 a.m. ET

Access our Facilitator Dashboard and complete the registration form as a “Facilitator Workshop Participant” to sign up for a Workshop date listed above. Additional dates will be added as they become available. 

If you need help registering for a Facilitator Workshop, please view our user guide, or contact our team at FacilitatorSupport@D2L.org.