Keeping Up with Apps and Parental Tools

Presenters

Amie Myrick

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Amie specializes in working with children and families. She is an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Master Presenter in Maryland and has provided education to professionals and community members throughout the state. Amie has presented at local, national, and international conferences for over 15 years on topics related to trauma and advocacy. She has received specialized training to work parents and children on topics related to sexual development. This past summer, she was one of the keynote speakers at the Maryland School Psychologist Association Summer Institute, where she shared ways to practice trauma-informed approaches in schools and the community.

In addition to her professional experience, Amie also brings nearly ten years of experience as a parent. She is the mother of three school-aged children in a blended family.

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Nitai Joseph

Program and Research Manager, No More Stolen Childhoods

Nitai is the Program and Research Manager at No More Stolen Childhoods, a Maryland nonprofit addressing child sexual abuse. He holds an M.S. in the Psychology of Coercive Control and specializes in the experience of prolonged abuse and its recovery.

Nitai has worked extensively with those born and raised in cultic settings and spoken at conferences on topics including human trafficking, child abuse within communities, and complex trauma. He brings his passion for dissecting undue influence into his work on online safety and child abuse prevention.

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Online Safety Session #3

Keeping Up with Apps and Parental Controls

Date: November 10th, 2022
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Location: Virtual via Zoom
CEUs Available


When it comes to safeguarding our kids online, the learning curve can feel steep. Join Licensed Counselor Amie Myrick and NMSC Program and Research Manager Nitai Joseph in this 90 minute session designed to help equip parents and caregivers with new skills and knowledge to keep kids safe online.

This 90-minute session will cover:

  • Effective online safety communication with kids
  • Risks and safety measures associated with popular apps
  • Systems for deciding which apps to allow
  • What to be aware of moving ahead

Continuing Education Units:
This session has been approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and offers 1.5 hours of Category 1 CEUs.

Risks and Responses to Kids Sharing Explicit Material

Presenters

Nitai Headshot

Nitai Joseph

Program and Research Manager, No More Stolen Childhoods

Nitai is the Program and Research Manager at No More Stolen Childhoods, a Maryland nonprofit addressing child sexual abuse. He holds an M.S. in the Psychology of Coercive Control and specializes in the experience of prolonged abuse and its recovery.

Nitai has worked extensively with those born and raised in cultic settings and spoken at conferences on topics including human trafficking, child abuse within communities, and complex trauma. He brings his passion for dissecting undue influence into his work on online safety and child abuse prevention.

Amie Myrick Headshot

Amie Myrick

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Amie specializes in working with children and families. She is an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Master Presenter in Maryland and has provided education to professionals and community members throughout the state. Amie has presented at local, national, and international conferences for over 15 years on topics related to trauma and advocacy. She has received specialized training to work parents and children on topics related to sexual development. This past summer, she was one of the keynote speakers at the Maryland School Psychologist Association Summer Institute, where she shared ways to practice trauma-informed approaches in schools and the community.

In addition to her professional experience, Amie also brings nearly ten years of experience as a parent. She is the mother of three school-aged children in a blended family.

Online Safety Session #2

Risks and Responses to Kids Sharing Explicit Material

Date: October 24th, 2022
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Virtual via Zoom
CEUs Available


Learn the why’s, how’s, and what-to-do’s when children share or receive explicit material online. Join technology advisor Jeff Bathurst and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Amie Myrick in understanding how to navigate this scary, but unfortunately common, situation.

This 90-minute session will cover:

  • The pull of Internet on the developing brain
  • Stats on who and how explicit material is shared
  • The social and legal consequences
  • What to do if your child has sent, received, or requested explicit material\

Continuing Education Units:
This session has been approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and offers 1.5 hours of Category 1 CEUs.

One Survivor’s Quest to End Sexual Assault at Schools

One Survivor’s Quest to End Sexual Assault at Schools

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As a high school freshman, Jamie Forbes was sexually abused by a male teacher at Milton Academy, the elite school that sits on the land his Brahmin family donated. Now he’s out for justice—and to change the culture at private schools in Boston and beyond for good.


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Lawsuit alleges UNCSA ignored rampant sexual abuse of underage students for years.

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Lawsuit alleges UNCSA ignored rampant sexual abuse of underage students for years.

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court

A lawsuit accuses faculty and administrators at UNC School of the Arts of ignoring and failing to do anything about pervasive sexual abuse of students that happened over at least a 20-year period starting in the 1970s.


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How did virtual learning impact youth?

How did virtual learning impact youth?

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The impact of virtual schooling went beyond the computer as a classroom and affected other areas of well-being…for instance, children who attended virtual school were more likely to have decreased physical activity as compared with those students attending school in-person and combined in-person and virtual school.


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American Academy Pediatrics Family Snapshot Survey Measures Domestic Violence, Discipline of Children During Pandemic

American Academy Pediatrics Family Snapshot Survey Measures Domestic Violence, Discipline of Children During Pandemic

Smiling Asian preteen boy in glasses studying online at kitchen table, his father working on laptop nearby

Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, and Prevent Child Abuse America offer snapshots into financial stress, intimate partner violence, and child discipline during the COVID 19 pandemic.


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Child Abuse Affects Brain Development; Study Reveals Complex Trauma Related to Psychopathology and Cognitive Illness

Child Abuse Affects Brain Development; Study Reveals Complex Trauma Related to Psychopathology and Cognitive Illness

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Complex trauma negatively impacts people, especially those who are young. This anomaly at an early age may be relayed to a child through various sets of maltreatment, including child abuse and interpersonal exploits. A new study found that repeated child abuse, or complex trauma, is related to psychopathology and cognitive impairment.

In the new study, the people who experienced complex trauma in childhood are more likely to have mental problems and cognitive deficits compared to the group that does not have any exposure to traumas when they were children.


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New Report Recommends States Introduce Laws to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Strengthen Child Safety in Schools & Youth Organizations

New Report Recommends States Introduce Laws to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Strengthen Child Safety in Schools & Youth Organizations

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According to Bernier, “Children from every community and from all economic, racial and cultural groups are included in the estimated one in ten children who are victims of child sexual abuse. And the pandemic has placed children at significantly greater risk, as confirmed by the unprecedented numbers of calls to rape crisis hotlines by minors over the past year.”

Specifically, the report urges President Biden to appoint a policy czar and federal inter-agency task force to work with private sector abuse prevention experts to address what law enforcement and public health experts are calling a pandemic within a pandemic. The report also calls upon lawmakers in every state to introduce legislation mandating all school employees and students receive training on how to prevent, early identify and report child sexual abuse.


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Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Trouble Getting Treatment

Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Trouble Getting Treatment

Depressed African American man sitting at psychological therapy with woman supporting him

Jim Holland says he was raped by a priest when he was 13 years old. For the next 30 years, Holland locked his trauma away, holding it at bay with drinking, drugs and promiscuity. The 2002-2004 Boston Globe Spotlight investigation of sexual abuse by priests triggered his memories.

“I kept on saying, ‘No, it was no big deal. That really didn’t happen,’ ” says Holland.

Holland knew he needed help, but there were few therapists specializing in this kind of trauma. So he shoved his pain back down.


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Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

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How many times have you heard adults say that children are resilient? That they have an innate ability to magically “bounce back” from any situation, regardless of how stressful. Recent work in child development and neuroscience increasingly suggests that children require safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments to thrive. Evidence shows that stress and trauma, especially when prolonged, can interrupt healthy child development, putting them at risk for lifelong health issues.


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