The goal of SHIFT is to achieve strong positive impact and reach through comprehensive and effective training programs. Specifically, SHIFT:

Educates individuals and teams and improves their ability to prevent and mitigate negative effects associated with chronic exposure to child sexual exploitation and abuse materials

Trains mental health professionals on child sexual exploitation and abuse, its effects, vicarious trauma (VT) and proven effective treatment methods.

Trains mental health professionals and law enforcement trainers to conduct regional and local SHIFT training.

Conducts training of advanced topics for exposed individuals live at conferences and via web based education.

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This workshop is for individuals exposed to child sexual abuse materials AND mental health professionals working with them. Team taught by a mental health professional and a law enforcement officer, this course offers professionals who are exposed to child sexual abuse materials and who may interact often with child sex offenders (e.g. law enforcement officers, forensic analysts, prosecutors, etc.), the opportunity to learn about the causes and symptoms of the negative effects that may occur as result of their duties and ways to mitigate them. Mental health professionals learn about the challenges faced by professionals exposed to child pornography and other operations involving child sex offenders. The course also will provide mental health professionals with tools to help exposed individuals.



Forensic analysts



Court workers



Social workers


Topics Covered

Nature & Scope of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Materials and Offender Networks

Physiological Effects and Symptoms of Chronic Exposure to Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Materials

Factors Contributing to Negative Effects

Self-Care Techniques

Family, Friends and Spousal Support

Integrating Mental Health Professionals working with Law Enforcement

Train -the - Trainer

The 4 hour train-the-trainer (T-t-T) workshop will train mental health and exposed individual professionals to team-teach PEP-EI and PEP-MHP at regional and local levels. Participants who successfully complete all three workshops (PEP-EI, PEP-MHP, and PEP-T-t-T), and can demonstrate seasoned experience in the field, will receive access to the presentations, video and written materials. Individuals may be qualified to teach if they:

Are a mental health professional with six months of field experience in successfully counseling exposed individuals, or

Are an exposed individual that has had exposure to child pornography for one year or more.


Teams consisting of a mental health professional and an exposed individual desiring to teach regional PEP-EI and PEP-MHP workshops

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must register/attend as a team (1 mental health professional + 1 exposed individual).

Participants must have attended both SHIFT Trainings (PEP-EI & PEP-MHP). During those trainings you will be given a Tools Menu, from which you must implement at least 5 tools in your agency.

Participants must have implemented SHIFT Tools in their unit in conjunction with a mental health professional.

Participants must provide a letter from their team confirming what SHIFT Tools they have implemented and when.