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Become a Certified Praesidium Guardian

Become a Certified Praesidium Guardian

Discover How To Decrease Incidents of Abuse
"I strongly recommend Praesidium Guardian certification for anyone who has responsibility in monitoring programs serving minors."- Nida Niravanh, Risk manager, University of California, Irvine
Learn Organizational Abuse Prevention Best Practices and Methods
“The certification experience provided me with in-depth training on a proven methodology to work toward the ultimate goal of a safe environment for the young people served by the Knights of Columbus” - Brian Gedicks, Associate General Counsel, Knights of Columbus
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THE PRAESIDIUM GUARDIAN EXPERIENCE

Because you care about the safety of those under your watch and are passionate about abuse prevention, you can earn a valuable credential to carry throughout your career that showcases your commitment to protecting youth and vulnerable adults. Praesidium is sharing its foundations in organizational abuse prevention and the comprehensive and systematic approach to abuse risk management that will allow you to become the go-to resource within your organization.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

YMCA Custom Workshop

September 19-21, 2017

Dallas

Education

October 17-19, 2017

Dallas

Open Enrollment

November 7-9, 2017

Dallas

Impact Summit

September 27-28, 2017

Dallas

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PRAESIDIUM GUARDIAN EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION

As part of the robust certification process, you’ll learn best practices in organizational abuse prevention that include specific steps to prevent incidents of abuse by employees, volunteers, or program participants. You also learn how to respond effectively if an allegation or incident occurs. In addition, you learn how to ensure that your organization stays current and consistent in the implementation of abuse prevention best practices.

who should attend Who Should Attend
Any person in risk management, human resources, training, legal, program, Q/A, program directors, etc. What’s more important is that the selected individual cares deeply about the safety of those in care; be respected by colleagues; be well-organized; and have the time and flexibility to spend up to a few hours a week executing Praesidium Guardian responsibilities.
preparation First Step – Preparation
The first step in the certification process is to complete approximately 8-10 hours of online courses focusing on Praesidium’s proprietary risk management model, the Praesidium Safety Equation™. This learning prepares you for the workshop.
Second Step - Workshop
The workshop is a highly interactive 3-day experience, packed full of engaging activities, group discussions, and actual field work. You will learn from Praesidium experts and your peers, as you discuss best practices in organizational abuse prevention and organizational change strategies to implement and maintain the best practices. The workshop prepares you for the next step, the Work and Learn Assignment.
work and learn Third Step - Work and Learn Assignment
The Work and Learn Assignment involves implementing structured abuse prevention measures in your own organization with guidance from a Praesidium expert. This experience allows you to apply on the job what’s been learned from the training. Upon completion of the Work and Learn Assignment Praesidium reviews and approves the project to grant the Certification. All participants will benefit from access to Praesidium experts and to the online Praesidium Community where you connect with other Certified Praesidium Guardian™ colleagues from across the nation.
ongoing Ongoing
All participants will benefit from access to Praesidium experts and to the online Praesidium Community where you connect with other Certified Praesidium Guardian™ colleagues from across the nation.
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OUR FACILITATORS

Aaron Lunberg
Aaron Lundberg, LMSW
President and CEO
Aaron Lundberg works with leadership of large-scale human service organizations across the United States to develop, implement, and monitor abuse prevention policies and training programs. He supervises Praesidium’s team of Account Managers and has trained thousands of direct care workers, supervisors, administrators, and parents in preventing the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington, Lundberg has conducted extensive research in the etiology, scope, and prevention of abuse in residential treatment centers.
Richard Dangel, PhD
Founder
Dr. Richard Dangel is a doctoral-level licensed child psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in abuse risk management, quality assurance, and program evaluation. He holds advanced degrees from The University of Kansas and The University of Michigan and was a tenured professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Dangel’s publications include three books, dozens of scientific articles, and curriculum for more than 30 specialized online training courses addressing abuse prevention in organizations. He has also delivered more than 1,500 papers and workshops around the world. In addition to his work at Praesidium, Dr. Dangel served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, National Research Advisory Boards of the YMCA of the USA and Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Town, and on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations.
Britt Darwin-Looney, JD
Vice President of Youth Development Services
Britt Darwin-Looney manages Praesidium’s youth development clients nationwide, including fitness centers, parks and recreation, resorts, camps, Boys & Girls Clubs, and YMCAs. She also conducts trainings, incident investigations, and risk assessments and serves as a youth safety advocate on the Texas Youth Camp Advisory Committee. Before joining Praesidium, Darwin-Looney worked with underprivileged youths as a court-appointed attorney and special advocate. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Christian University and has a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
Christy Schiller, MA
Vice President of Religious Services
Christy Schiller directs Praesidium’s national accreditation program for Catholic men’s religious orders and congregations. She consults with over 150 institutes to ensure their implementation of the most up- to-date prevention, response, and supervision standards in the nation. She also oversees the implementation of Praesidium’s safe environment programs in over 20 Catholic dioceses in the United States and Canada. Schiller is a former litigation research analyst and has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Southern Methodist University, and completed doctoral course work in the field of medical anthropology.
Candace Collins, JD
Director of Higher Education
Candace Collins works with a variety of clients to assess risk, investigate incidents, and train organizations in abuse prevention. She also oversees Praesidium’s work with higher education institutions across the nation. Prior to joining Praesidium, Candace practiced law for more than ten years, focusing on insurance and corporate defense. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. With an emphasis in consumer and elder protection, Candace prosecuted abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities and group homes. Candace graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a degree in business management and obtained a juris doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now part of the Texas A&M University System).
Audrey Oliver, JD
Account Manager, Youth Development
Audrey Oliver works with a variety of youth serving organizations as well as social service agencies. Oliver trains, assesses risk, and performs accreditation visits with the rest of the Praesidium team for a multitude of organizations. Oliver worked as an intern for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office in felony court, specifically on cases of child sexual abuse. She was also a volunteer for legal aide in the state of Texas. Oliver graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations as well as a juris doctorate from Texas Tech University, where she was on the Board of Barristers.
Jessica Scibona, LMSW
Safety Analyst
Jessica Scibona works closely with Praesidium’s social services agencies as well as other youth-serving organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Scibona trains employees and volunteers, conducts risk assessments, and performs accreditation visits to ensure the protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. Prior to coming to Praesidium, Scibona worked with youth in residential treatment, victims of domestic violence at a local shelter, and in mental health and medical social work for under served populations. Scibona graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Laura Hardin, LMSW
Safety Analyst
Laura Hardin works closely with Praesidium’s social services agencies as well as other youth-serving organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Hardin trains employees and volunteers, conducts risk assessments, and performs accreditation visits to ensure the protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. As a licensed master’s level social worker, Hardin brings to Praesidium her experience of working in youth development, mental health care, child welfare, and community research. She received her bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology and her master’s in social work from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Erica Smith, MSW
Safety Analyst
Erica Smith works closely with Praesidium’s social services agencies as well as other youth-serving organizations. In collaboration with the Praesidium team, Smith trains employees and volunteers, conducts risk assessments, and performs accreditation visits to ensure the protection of youth and vulnerable adults from abuse. Prior to joining Praesidium, Smith worked with youth in workforce development and college readiness programs, led an HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education Initiative and advocated for youth through the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Adriana Dominguez, JD
Safety Analyst
Adriana Dominguez works with the Praesidium’s Religious Accreditation team to help train institutions in the latest abuse prevention standards. She works with a large number of Catholic religious orders in multiple countries to ensure they have implemented the most up-to-date prevention, response, and supervision standards. Prior to joining Praesidium, Dominguez worked with several immigration non-profit organizations, specifically on cases involving asylum and unaccompanied minors. She also practiced family law in the state of Texas, focusing on divorce, child custody, and child support cases. Dominguez graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in political science as well as Spanish language and literature from Villanova University and obtained a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
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Aaron Lunberg
Aaron Lundberg, LMSW
President and CEO
Richard Dangel, PhD
Founder
Britt Darwin-Looney, JD
Vice President of Youth Development Services
Christy Schiller, MA
Vice President of Religious Services
Candace Collins, JD
Director of Higher Education
Audrey Oliver, JD
Account Manager, Youth Development
Jessica Scibona, LMSW
Safety Analyst
Laura Hardin, LMSW
Safety Analyst
Erica Smith, MSW
Safety Analyst
Adriana Dominguez, JD
Safety Analyst

Testimonials

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Anne Calvo
Senior Director, Child Abuse Prevention, YMCA of the USA
“Having completed Praesidium’s Guardian Certification program, I strongly recommend this to other leaders who are responsible for abuse prevention work in their organizations.”
Stella Maggs
LMSW-IPR, LCPAA, Director of Foster Care and Adoption, ACH Child and Family Services
“Having dealt with Abuse and Neglect for most of my professional career in a Child Placing Agency, the Presidium Guardianship Certification Program put a whole new perspective on the What, How, Why and Who. It provided a different set of lenses to look through. It is an invaluable program to help manage the risk of abuse in any organization. Provides clear, concise information which is laid out in a way that makes you understand the reasoning behind the methodology of the program. If you are even thinking about going: DO, it’s a training you will think about daily. One of the best trainings you will experience for you training dollars. I’m glad I did it and you will be too!”
Patricia Correa
LPC-S, NCC, LCPAA, Director of Quality Improvement and Contracts, OCOK a division of ACH Child and Family Services
“This is the best way to learn about best practices in abuse prevention. Professional staff will be available to guide you through the process with hands on and meaningful projects that will benefit your organization. Your Certification is a plus for your organization and for your professional development.”
Rebekah Moreno
Insurance and Claims Specialist, University of North Texas
“Praesidium Staff is very passionate about creating a culture of awareness and that infiltrated to me. I’ve always been passionate about my job, but now I have this fire. I’m ready to blaze away for UNT and that’s thanks to the Praesidium Guardian training. It’s the best investment you will make personally, not only for yourself and for your personal job duties that you do on a day-to-day basis, but for whatever organization, campus, or anything that you’re a part of. It’s just going to make that even better than it already is.”
Shanna Gumaer
Vice President, Quality Assurance & Program Development, The New York Foundling
“I really appreciated the national and international colleague’s I was able to connect with and the expertise the Praesidium team brought to the discussion.”
Stephanie Weiss
Director of Advocacy, CASA of Travis County
“The pre-work and workshop provided me with a solid foundation to better assess situations and provide more meaningful guidance and direction to our team about how to protect the children we serve. I am now better able to explain some of our policies and to rewrite some of our policies to ensure that they are written to screen out those who should not have access to our children. I am also now able to look at situations with a different lens that will allow me to be proactive in creating a culture of safety here at CASA. Since attending the training, we have had two situations arise that were handled promptly and with the utmost professionalism due to CASAs work with Praesidium.”
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