Group Training

PCA Iowa is dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of anyone who want to help prevent child abuse in the state. Our group training opportunities are listed below. Please contact us for additional information.


Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a curriculum that fully meets the National Sexuality Education Standards. The curriculum addresses both the functional knowledge related to sexuality and the specific skills necessary to adopt healthy behaviors. Rights, Respect, Responsibility reflects the tenets of social learning theory, social cognitive theory and the social ecological model of prevention.

Connections Matter Workshop

Connections Matter is a community effort. We want everyone to know that fostering caring relationships with the children, families, and adults in your life matters for developing healthy brains, supportive relationships, and thriving communities. Through an interactive, discussion-based curriculum this workshop develops knowledge surrounding the importance of trauma informed practices in mitigating negative physical and mental health outcomes by teaching how to build relationships and resilience.

Training is available as a workshop for members of the community or members of the education sector.

Connections Matter—Train the Trainer Workshop

Connections Matter—Train the Trainer Workshop develops the skills and competencies to become a certified trainer of the Connections Matter curriculum. During this two-day workshop participants will gain knowledge about adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, trauma, building relationships and fostering resilience. On the second day candidates present a segment of the Connections Matter curriculum to the master trainer in order to be certified.

We want everyone to know that fostering caring relationships with the children, families, and adults in your life matters for developing healthy brains, supportive relationships, and thriving communities. As a certified Connections Matter trainer, you too can spread this message.

Human Trafficking

A workshop designed for individuals involved or caring for young people.  Vulnerable individuals are often targets of human trafficking where the intended victim loses control over the situation and becomes a victim of labor and/or sex trafficking. The workshop will cover local human trafficking data, warning and grooming signs, best practices in helping to reduce the vulnerability/ risk and increase protection with high-risk youths. It will provide activities, resources, and guiding principles for working with human trafficking prevention.

Love Notes

Love Notes is an evidence-based curriculum geared towards adolescents at higher risk for unplanned pregnancies and/or pregnant and parenting youth. Love Notes helps youth form the skills necessary to have healthy relationships.

Parent Engagement

Effective parental engagement develops leadership skills and supports a program’s success. Many programs struggle with knowing how to engage and maintain involvement of these parents. This training will help programs maximize relationships with parents and provide strategies and tools to effectively engage program participants.

SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Approach: Key Assumptions and Principles

This training provides an introduction to trauma and trauma-informed approaches in behavior health and human services.  No prior knowledge about trauma is necessary. The material is intended for a wide range of audiences and will provide a basis for more advanced work in developing trauma-informed environments and practices.

Foundations of Teaching Sexual Health

A strength-based LGBTQ friendly structure workshop designed for new staff, community members/leadership, school educators, coalition members, and others as they work in the sexual health and pregnancy prevention arena.  Topics covered: comprehensive sexual health, healthy relationships, language and sex terms, myths, facts, consent/rejection, and contraceptive demonstrations. Sex 101 is created to educate and help individuals feel more comfortable talking and discussing comprehensive sexual health.

Stewards of Children

Using the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ as a framework, Stewards of Children® is a two-hour training that teaches adults practical actions to prevent child sexual abuse or intervene if abuse is suspected. Featuring compelling and engaging content to motivate participants, the program is designed for parents, concerned individuals, and any adult that works with youth. Through Stewards of Children®, over 1,000,000 adults have been trained to protect children from sexual abuse.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.