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Resources for Professionals

You will find information focused on the needs of professionals who work with people who have experienced the trauma of being sexually abused as children. It is also focused on the needs of professionals who work with youth and adults who exhibit sexually harmful behaviors. You will find resources on current research, best practice and evidence based models to serve these populations.


Many community agencies and prevention practitioners advocate for children and families affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence. Sexual abuse is a complex issue. All members of our communities are critical to efforts in fostering and sustaining safe and healthy environments. The links here provide information on multidisciplinary approaches to these efforts.


Individuals and organizations can assist in improving the outcomes for those who experience or perpetrate sexual abuse. These resources assist in setting boundaries and creating practice and policy that inhibits future abuse or negative effects and for fostering healthy relationships and environments for children, families and communities.


Protecting children is the responsibility of all adults and a critical component of the work of any professional working with children and youth. You will find information on the best practice topics from the creation of trainings, effective prevention programming, through current research on topics specific to sexual abuse and sexual violence. You may also find the information listed in the Families section of use to you or the children and families you are working with.

Effective Prevention Programming

General Prevention Resources


Child Sexual Abuse is very traumatic to a child and disrupts child development. Sexual abuse is often a form of complex trauma when a child is exposed to multiple or prolonged traumatic sexual events. Complex trauma, such as sexual abuse, often begins in early childhood and occurs within the primary caregiving system. Exposure to these initial traumatic experiences, the resulting emotional dysregulation and the loss of safety, direction, and the ability to detect or respond to danger cues, often sets off a chain of events leading to subsequent or repeated trauma exposure in adolescence and adulthood.


Treatment plans for all aspects of sexual abuse and sexual violence can provide wrap around services from a multidisciplinary team. Professionals working with people affected by sexual abuse need to be knowledgeable about current best practice. Each team member will have a part to play whether it is providing support, referring for treatment or assisting with accountability. The links here will provide treatment information to guide your practice and provide resources both to you and your clients.


Research provides rich and current information for all professionals in the area of sexual abuse and sexual violence. You will find articles here on the latest work.

  • NEARI News. This free monthly newsletter helps you: Stay current with emerging, cutting-edge research Integrate new information into your practice Receive NEARI Promotions and Discounts
  • VT ACE Conference: Improving Clinical Outcomes for Complex Patients On October 25 and 26, 2013 the Agency of Human Services hosted a conference to increase Vermont’s recognition that trauma is related to health outcomes over the life span and is pervasive across class and culture. The work of Dr. Vincent Felitti, MD through the CDC-Kaiser-Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study was featured. You will find the presentation materials and links to additional information in this folder.
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) The ACE Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.
    • ACEs Connection This is a community of practice network. We use trauma-informed practices to prevent ACEs & further trauma, and to increase resilience.
    • Case Review of Chelsea Mansfield Dr. John D. Matthew, MD from the Health Center of Plainfield has created a review of the case study shared at the October 25th Conference on Improving Clinical Outcomes for Complex Patients: Adverse Childhood Experiences. This case review has attached research articles which discuss and provide background for the approach Dr. Matthew suggested for issues raised in this case.
    • Conference Six Month Follow-up Meeting Schedule This spreadsheet lists the dates, times and locations of the regional follow up meetings from the Conference. Individuals interested in helping their region become more trauma informed are welcome to attend these meetings. You do not have to have attended the Conference for this meeting to be appropriate for you.
    • James Hudziak, M.D. FAHC Fall 2010 "Nature vs. Nurture" Fletcher Allen Health Care and University of Vermont Community Medical School Podcast Program
    • Vermont Center for Children and Families James J. Hudziak, MD is the Director of The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families. The Center is housed within the Department of Psychiatry and encompasses research at the University of Vermont, patient care at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and information for Primary Care Providers in the State of Vermont.
    • Christina Bethell, MBA, MPH PowerPoint Presentation from Saturday October 26, 2013, Stowe VT. Dr Bethell is a Professior in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicaine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is the founding Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) and the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center.
    • Christina Bethell, MBA, MPH Promoting Early and Life Long Health Using Family-Centered Data, Tools and Partnerships The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative PowerPoint Presentation - October 26, 2014, Stowe Vermont
    • Harry Chen, MD, Adverse Childhood Experiences study in a Vermont context Dr. Chen is the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. This presentation was made on October 25, 2014 at the Improving Clinical Outcomes for Complex Patients Conference in Stowe Vermont.
    • Integrated Family Services - Melissa Bailey, MA, LCMHC Melissa Bailey is the Director of Integrated Family Services in the Vermont Agency of Human Services. An Integrated System in Vermont: What is the Agency of Human Services Doing? was presented on October 26, 2013 at the Improving Clinical Outcomes for Complex Patients Conference in Stowe Vermont.
    • Obesity: Problem, Solution, or Both? Article by Vincent J Felitti, MD, Kathy Jaksit, Victoria Pepper, MS, Alber Ray, MD The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2010/ Volume 14 No. 1
    • Vermont Blue Print for Health: Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD Lisa Dulsky Watkins is the Associate Director of Vermont Blueprint for Health in the Department of Vermont Health Access. This PowerPoint presentation was made at the October 25, 2013 Improving Clinical Outcomes for Complex Patients Conference in Stowe Vermont.
    • October 24, 2014 "Turning Gold into Lead" - Dr Vincent Felitti, Stowe VT Dr Vincent Felitti presents on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study in Stowe VT with Vermont Legislators and Policy Makers. ORCA Media Inc.
  • Resources for School Professionals
    • ACT One 2009: Improving Vermont's Sexual Abuse Response System The Agencies of Education and Human Services have worked closely and in partnership with community partners to develop resources for the implementation of Act 1 which went into effect July 1, 2011. Implementation of this legislation is important not only because it is in law, but it serves the best interest of Vermont students to help ensure their safety so that they can reach their full potential. You will find resources here to education adults and support comprehensive Health Education curriculum for students.
    • Newsletter Safety Articles The child sexual violence prevention work team has created a series of safety articles for you to print, distribute or use in school newsletters. If you do not already have one, we recommend a general safety column in your school newsletter. The articles found in this folder will provide important general safety information and information specific to the prevention of child sexual abuse for the adults in your community. To see a full description please read the letter to Administrators enclosed.