Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speaker: Feather Berkower, LCSW
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Adults are responsible for protecting children from sexual assault and incest. Children can learn protection skills as well, and it’s important that they do. However, it is up to adults to protect children, not for children to have to protect themselves. Feather Berkower has long worked to give adults accurate information about child sexual assault and incest so that they can prevent, recognize, and act responsibly if they witness it.
This webinar interview explores Feather’s work in this area and what caregivers can do to raise children with healthy boundaries and safe bodies. She explains how people can come together as prevention teams and discusses her work in building homes and communities that are off-limits to child sexual assault. Parents are welcome as well as professionals!
Feather Berkower, LCSW
Child Sexual Assault Prevention Educator & Author
Feather Berkower is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a Master’s of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a leader in child sexual abuse prevention since 1985 and has educated nearly one-hundred fifty thousand schoolchildren, parents and youth professionals. Her well-regarded workshop, Parenting Safe Children, empowers adults to keep children safe from sexual assault. Feather co-authored Off Limits, a parenting book that will change the way you think about keeping children safe. It is available on her website at parentingsafechildren.com. She presents in schools, youth organizations, parenting groups, and businesses worldwide. Feather also provides private consultation to residents of Colorado. Feather believes that adults are responsible for protecting children from sexual assault. Feather makes this difficult topic less scary, and consistently impresses audiences with her knowledge, commitment, and warmth.
Publications by Feather Berkower
Off Limits: Keeping Kids and Teens Safe From Sexual Abuse
by Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D. & Feather Berkower, LCSW
Sexual abuse of children is a very real danger in every community from big cities to rural towns. But the good news is that parents have the power to make their children’s world safer. That’s the message of Off Limits, a must-read for every parent who wishes to keep his or her child abuse-free.
Off Limits provides essential Safety Tips, including ways to help kids interact safely with authority figures, and understand appropriate boundaries and privacy. Parents will learn how to listen actively to children, and communicate important concepts—the difference between affection and sexual touching, “I’m the Boss of My Body” and body-safety rules. The book also provides tips on screening caregivers, and about online safety.
Written by leading experts on sexual abuse prevention, Off Limits is full of practical advice and information for parents, guardians, teachers–anyone responsible for the safety and welfare of children. Best of all, it is easy to read, understand and implement the practical advice that fills each page.
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What age range youth will this be most appropriate for? Thanks!!
Thank you for asking! Because so much of my work is focused on helping adults have conversations with their children’s caregivers about sexual abuse prevention, the information is really applicable for parents and caregivers with children of all ages. These conversations with caregivers can start at birth and are important to have through adolescence. Building prevention teams on behalf of children is important for your two, six, 10 or 15 year old. Regardless of your child’s age, I think you will find this talk valuable. I’m more than glad to answer any other questions that you have. Please feel free to reach out.