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Blank Children's Hospital

Request a Training

The staff and providers at the Blank Children's STAR Center are knowledgeable and professional educators. Below is a list of presentations and/or training's that are available at no cost to agencies and members of the community. To request any of the following training's please call (515) 241-4311.

Spring Workshop Series

The Blank Children's STAR Center seeks to improve outcomes for child victims of abuse by providing free educational opportunities for members of our professional community. The purpose of the Workshop Series is to impact the systemic coordination of services for children and families through increased professional knowledge and skills surrounding developmentally appropriate, child-focused interventions. 

Click HERE to register for the 2017 Workshop Series. 

Drug Endangered Children Conference

Drug Endangered Children (DEC) are part of a very large and growing population of children whose lives have been seriously and negatively impacted by parental or caregiver drug abuse. Hundreds of children across Iowa go unnoticed and do not receive the necessary intervention and care to heal from these abusive environments. This conference provides best practices in identifying and caring for drug endangered children. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

Protect Our Children Training

This presentation is approximately three hours in length and includes information and video clips from actual sex offenders who were in treatment and agreed to be a part of this project. This presentation is designed to show the reality of how prevalent sexual offending actually is in our communities. 

Core Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Training

This training can either be given as a one hour or four hour presentation into the history of DEC, risks to children, evidence collection, and collaboration. 

Breastfeeding and Substance Abuse Training

A one hour training on how maternal substance use while breastfeeding may affect the infant. This training is geared towards medical professionals. 

Prenatal Drug Exposure Training

This training discusses the effects of drug use on prenatal infants.  It is geared towards foster parents, teachers, DHS workers, and others working with drug endangered children.

Child Physical Abuse Training

This lecture is specifically aimed towards medical students and residents, and discusses the mechanisms of injury including mimics of abuse, burns, and fractures. 

Abusive Head Trauma Training

This training on abusive head trauma discusses possible physical findings and differential diagnosis as well as medical work-up. 

Child Sexual Abuse Training

This comprehensive training involves education on many different aspects of child sexual abuse. 

Human Trafficking Training

The Human Trafficking curriculum provides information in investigating, recognizing, and responding to victims of labor and sex trafficking within the state of Iowa.

Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program 

Since 2012, Blank Children's Hospital has been offering the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program to local elementary schools. CAP is a personal safety education program designed for students from kindergarten through 6th grade.  CAP uses a three-pronged approach to prevent child assault and maltreatment by presenting workshops for school staff, parents, and elementary school students. For more information please visit Child Assault Prevention Program. To request this training, please call Katy Sowden at (515) 241-8950 or email her at Katy.Sowden@UnityPoint.org