SERVICES FOR PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITIES
Much of the TEDI BEAR Center's work focuses on training others to better address child abuse. This includes our colleagues in healthcare, social services, law enforcement, and other professionals, as well as students, families, and other people who care about kids. TEDI BEAR also works throughout eastern North Carolina to bring training, prevention, and follow up services to our communities.
Community Outreach & Multi-Disciplinary Teams (click here): Community-based multidisciplinary teams serve children who are alleged victims of child sexual abuse throughout eastern North Carolina. The team approach facilitates collaboration among professionals from various disciplines within each community. The goal is to enhance the system's response to child abuse, and to facilitate recovery for the victims of child abuse.
ECU Professional Education: TEDI BEAR also helps train others at East Carolina University who are beginning careers in caring for children. For example, physicians who are completing their residency training in pediatrics regularly spend time at TEDI BEAR learning how to identify and treat the effects of child abuse and neglect. Similarly, students enrolled in ECU's Child Life programs serve internships and practicums at TEDI BEAR. And TEDI BEAR staff provide training for ECU students enrolled in nursing, dentistry, and social service programs to help them better understand and prevent child abuse.
Community Education (click here): TEDI BEAR's educators provide training in child sexual abuse recognition, response, and prevention for professionals and non-professionals at schools, churches, day care centers, mental health agencies, and many other community groups. This training is provided at no charge. Nurses, therapists, social workers, and members of other licensed professions often can use the training to help meet their continuing education requirements.