The CAP Center provides a variety of child safety, child abuse prevention and child advocacy workshops to community-based organizations, local governments, school staff, and community members. The goal of all the workshops is to improve knowledge and skills in an interactive and professional manner.

The CAP Center has several existing workshops that can be tailored to fit any organization, or we can work with organizations to develop a workshop that meets their needs. We invite you to contact the CAP Center to find out how we can work together.  For more information, contact us at (916) 244-1900, so we can discuss your training needs.

Below is a sampling of existing workshops:

Active Citizens

Directed at community service providers, this workshop gives participants an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of American history and government, engage in debates, increase awareness of their rights and responsibilities, and learn how to be active citizens in their own communities.  Through discussion and small group activities, participants will explore the concept of “social capital” and what actions they may take to begin weaving the social fabric of their own communities.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3)

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) is a developmental screening tool that is administered in the home setting.  This tool (which can be modified to reflect cultural differences) assesses the developmental stage of infants.  Participants will learn how to administer the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE (Social Emotional), analyze and discuss the results with families, and develop appropriate family intervention activities that promote healthy infant development.  ASQ results will help screeners make appropriate referrals for infant and family services.  Please note that agencies requesting this workshop must purchase the ASQ tool and database prior to receipt of training.

Baby Behaviors

This workshop teaches infant states and cues including feeding and crying cues: how to recognize them and how to discuss them with caregivers.  Additionally, participants will learn Sacramento statistics of Infant Sleep-Related Deaths, safe sleep practices for infants and how to become a Cribs for Kids partner.  Participants will also learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma.

Child Development and Parent-Child Interaction 

This workshop highlights the importance of positive parent-child interaction during the first three years of a child’s life.  Positive and consistent early experiences lead to healthy development.  Failure to consistently meet infant needs will result in physiological changes in the brain that negatively affect a child’s development.  Participants will learn how positive attachment experiences during early childhood build a template for healthy growth and positive, trusting adult relationships.

Conflict Resolution 

This workshop will provide participants with opportunities to assess their own conflict resolution skills, explore techniques for handling conflicts, and practice effective intervention strategies.  Participants will engage in activities that allow them to practice new skills and better understand the interplay of personality in conflict.  This workshop is presented in a fun, interactive way and provides practical applications that will help participants in their personal and professional lives.

Crisis Support

This training defines what a crisis is and what it may look like.  Participants learn about their role in dealing with a family’s crisis, and how and when to intervene and refer for services.  During the training, participants learn de-escalation skills, active listening skills, how to respond to a family crisis, and the importance of intervention services.

Cultural Awareness

This workshop provides information and exercises to help participants define culture, explore their own culture and the culture of other participants, and address how stereotypes, values, and communication impact relationships.  Designed to open minds, Cultural Awareness will help participants to recognize similarities and appreciate one another’s differences as well.  

Dare to Be You (DTBY)

DTBY curriculum focuses improving parenting skills of young children (2-5 years of age) in order to promote children’s resiliency to problems later in life. The objectives improving parents’ self-esteem, actions and consequences, decision making skills, stress management, and peer support. DTBY Facilitator Training focuses on the DTBY curriculum and how to facilitate parent and children’s groups, as well as nurture a child’s positive self-concept and social-emotional skills.

Discipline with Dignity

This workshop teaches techniques to prevent meltdown, as well as tips for how to handle discipline with dignity. Participants will learn how to guide and teach children right from wrong so they can make good, healthy choices throughout life. Topics include:

  • Defining Discipline vs. Punishment
  • Understanding Child Development
  • Exploring Needs and Behaviors
  • Disciplining with Dignity


Facilitator Skills and Public Speaking

This workshop will help participants understand the importance of being a skilled communicator to facilitate parenting workshops and speak publicly during outreach or advocacy. Through interactive techniques, participants will learn to improve their group facilitation and communication skills.

Family Resource Center Fundamentals 

Family Resource Centers (FRC) are community based locations that offer a range of co-located services such as health, education, social support, and economic assistance.  This workshop provides a basic introduction to the philosophy of the family resource center and the nine core principles of family support practice.  It incorporates modules on outreach and family engagement.

Family Violence (includes Impacts of Violence on Children)

This workshop will teach participants how to recognize the signs of violence in the home, identify different types of abuse, understand the cycle of violence, and understand the effects of family violence on children.


Trauma Informed Care (For Providers)

This workshop defines the three main types of trauma, the varied reactions and coping mechanisms to trauma and the factors that impact an individuals’ response to trauma.  The workshop raises awareness about trauma-related intervention styles and practice skills to support parents/families to incorporate positive coping skills. Topics include:

  • Types of Trauma: Acute, Chronic and Complex
  • Adaptive Responses to Trauma: Dissociation/Hyper arousal Continuum
  • Tools for working with families experiencing trauma


This training is designed to teach participants to understand and apply participant’s personal values and leadership style; influence and build relationships within and across organizations; manage change and transition, lead others with diverse styles, align actions and priorities with strategic direction and coach and develop others for motivation and performance. Participants will learn traits of a good leader, increase their public speaking skills, and learn time and stress management. By the end of this course, participants will be able to: Identify traits of a good leader, Increase their Public Speaking Skills through practical application; Learn time and stress management strategies; Learn strategies to motivate others

Make Parenting a Pleasure

Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) Facilitator Training is provided to FRC staff, parent leaders, and community partners.  Training focuses on the MPAP curriculum and how to facilitate the workshop series. The curriculum is universal and aimed to improve parenting skills and an understanding of child development. It is court approved for mandated parenting education. It includes such topics as positive discipline, nurturing and attachment. 

Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training

This workshop teaches mandated reporters their legal responsibilities to report known or suspected child abuse and neglect in California, how to recognize indicators (red flags) of the different types of abuse and neglect, and how to make a Suspected Child Abuse Report. This training is for participants who work with children and/or families. The California Penal Code states, “The absence of training shall not excuse a mandated reporter from the duties imposed by the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.” (CPC11165.7[e])

* The next MCART (free and open to the public) is 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on January 9, March 13, and May 18. Registration required. Click here to view the flyer for more information.
* Request an MCART for your agency. Click here to complete the request.

Nurturing Parenting Program

The Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) Training immerses the participants in the NPP Philosophy and Model through comprehensive coverage of the group and home based programs. The training covers Infant/Toddler/Preschooler curriculum. Participants will be able to: Explain the impacts of negative and positive nurturing, re-parenting and cellular memories; how to administer the Adult and Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2); define the 5 Constructs: Child Development, Empathy, Discipline, Family Roles and Empowerment.

Nurturing Parenting Program – Father’s Program

In this workshop, participants will learn to facilitate the Nurturing Fathers Curriculum. NPP Father’s is a 13 week class for fathers. It provides fathers with the tools to become involved in the lives of their children and strengthen their parenting skills.  During this one day training topics such as expressing feelings, understanding the father wound, discipline with respect and handling stress are covered.

Nurturing Parenting Program – Prenatal Program

This workshop describes three major changes during pregnancy: physical, emotional and social.  Participants will practice skills to engage and support expecting parents including: community resources for parents, contributing factors to violent and possessive relationships, skills to improve communication pre and post natal; and nurturing touch to promote bonding and attachment. Additional topics include fetal development; prenatal doctor visits; nutrition; and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Professional Boundaries and Confidentiality 

This workshop will help individuals in the family support field balance their emotional involvement with the families they serve.  Respect for professional boundaries and confidentiality is crucial for staff members who address sensitive and personal issues while working closely with children and families.  This workshop will facilitate the participants’ understanding of professional boundaries, while emphasizing the principles of family-centered and strength-based service.

School Readiness

This workshop introduces participants to the concept of school readiness as providing children with ample opportunities and positive support in the years before kindergarten. Participants will explore a child’s experience while transitioning into kindergarten.  Opportunities to practice hands-on activities aimed at creating positive environments and effective parent-child interactions build on the concepts explored throughout the workshop.  Participants will be able to Explain the 5 Essential Elements of School Readiness as defined by First 5 California Children and Families Commission; Employ strategies for enhancing language development in infancy and how to facilitate learning through play; and Understand how to create developmentally appropriate environments and activities to support children’s learning.


This training defines Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma, identifying the causes of both and how to prevent them; with the goal of reducing worker burn-out for direct service providers. Participants will familiarize themselves with life changing events or situations that cause stress and gain knowledge throughout the training about stress reducing activities, which can also be introduced to families they are serving. The workshop raises awareness about tools to identify current stress levels and about self-care as related to the parallel process.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

This workshop educates a wide variety of audiences about a potentially lethal form of child abuse called Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).  The workshop addresses the damaging and often deadly effects of violent shaking and describes effective strategies for parents to develop a plan for dealing with stress and frustration before they may shake their baby out of frustration. SBS parent education and prevention campaign brings attention and community commitment to prevent this form of abuse.

Social-Emotional Development for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families

This workshop helps participants understand that a child’s social-emotional development is the most important domain of development.  The foundation for healthy social-emotional development laid in the first 3 years helps a child establish meaningful relationships with parents, caregivers, and peers and supports his or her learning, both in and outside of school.  When children experience difficulty in acquiring social-emotional skills, they are at increased risk emotionally, developmentally, and academically.

Strengthening Families with Protective Factors

This workshop teaches the concept of strengthening families and) Protective Factors. Participants will learn about parallel relationships/processes and how Protective Factors can be used as a strength-based tool to prevent child abuse and neglect. Participants will brainstorm effective ways and develop skills to incorporate Protective Factors into their daily interactions with families.  The six protective factors are as follows:

  • Nurturing & Attachment
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Understanding Temperament

This workshop provides professionals with an introduction to the concept of temperament and the five key temperament traits.  It also examines the interaction between a child’s and parent’s temperament (“goodness of fit”).  Although no temperament can be labeled “good” or “bad,” temperament characteristics may either increase or decrease a child’s risk of having a poor fit with his or her environment and caregivers.  In this workshop, participants become aware of how their own temperaments, their reactions to others’ temperaments, and the environment can interact to support a child’s healthy development.

The CAP Center invites you to contact us to find out how we can work together.