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Conference “Keys to preventing child sexual abuse” Castellon / Castello 4 April 2019

Conference “Keys to preventing child sexual abuse” provided by Pepa Horno in the III Jornada ACASI-TEST organized by the Association Against Sexual Abuse in Childhood (ACASI) and Jaume I University.

Date: Thursday 4 April 2019, to 16:00.

Place: Faculty of Health Sciences
Universitat Jaume I Av. Son Baynat s/N
Castellón / Castelló

More information and registration on the website III Jornada ACASI-TEST.

[Original Entry 22 February 2019, updated 4 April 2019, date of the event].

Childhood Strategy for Spanish Cooperation

A few months ago was presented the Childhood Strategy for Spanish Cooperation and from Spiral Consulting Children we want to echo the lights and shadows of this document and what it means.

estrategia_infancia_aecidFirst, is cause for joy that Spanish Cooperation has a framework document that frame all children's issues, which had been claimed by children's organizations had already been for years. We still surprising that children continue to be in such a secondary plane, being as it is a part of life for all people spent largely determines the rest of life. But finally it has published the Strategy for Children, and that is cause for celebration, although there appeared much later than other strategic lines.

On the other hand, is congratulating the participation of entities from childhood has been real and effective, and claims may be perceived and guidelines for working with children from a human rights approach in chapter 3, “Framework”, with clear ideas but perhaps too summarized for those who do not know in depth the scope of the principles and concepts set out.

The chapter 4, “Framework for Action”, collects the set of objectives and guidelines for all aspects considered as priority:

  1. Democratic governance childhood: basically, approach include the rights of children in all interventions, and enhance the consideration of children's rights at all levels.
  2. Reducing vulnerability and promoting social cohesion, FSN, health, education and water and sanitation.
  3. Gender equality and empowerment of girls.
  4. inclusive and sustainable economic growth that takes into account children, and adolescents.
  5. Involving children, and adolescents in environmental sustainability.
  6. Specific considerations on children in humanitarian aid.
  7. Building a global citizenship that takes into account the Rights of the Child and facilitates the involvement of children, and adolescents.

It seems that this analysis is quite comprehensive, which addresses all aspects globally integrated. Of course, It is a step in that direction, but we in Spiral Consulting Children strikes us that there is a specific line to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against children (as it does exist on Sustainable Development Goals, the goal 16.2 “Ending abuse, The explotion, trafficking, torture and all forms of violence against children”). It is true that appear references to protection against violence, as the strategic line 2.4.6. against violence in educational settings (But what happens in other environments, especially in the family and in the community?), the line 3.2.2. for the elimination of violence against girls (and what about children?) or line 6.1.1. on care for child victims of violence, is, exploitation, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, rape or domestic violence in emergency and humanitarian aid (And what it is done in situations other than emergency?).

In summary, It is a document that provides a framework to discuss childhood and cooperation with professionals from multiple fields (not necessarily childhood) and laying the foundation to move forward. We hope that one of these advances is the inclusion of an integrated approach of prevention and eradication of violence against children, and that can be included in the revisions that are provided in the document within a few years.

We hope you find of interest,

F. Javier Romeo

Online Course “Child trafficking, children and adolescents for sexual exploitation” 2015

msssi_trata_2015We have confirmed that again, one more year, We turn to impart curso online (online distance learning) “Child trafficking, children and adolescents for sexual exploitation: Comprehensive care for victims” (30 hours) organized by the Directorate General of Family and Children Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, which is based on the materials we make in 2010, with revisions 2013 and this year.

Free course for professionals from Social Services.

Dates: of 29 October 2015 the 22 November 2015 (scores now available online).

Place: is a curso online, It is from your home computer or work, in the schedule that everyone can.

APPLICATION: to 11 October 2015, in the Ministry website:

Download the syllabus “Child trafficking, children and adolescents for sexual exploitation: Comprehensive care for victims”

[Original Entry 9 October 2015, updated 22 November 2015, date of completion for the online course.]

Toxic stress in childhood

Many of us have had to face adverse or traumatic experiences during childhood and may not have related these situations with certain attitudes that have put us at risk or have suffered diseases.

When these adverse experiences, stressors, they are persistent, They are prolonged and significant adults lack references to protect and support children, then that stress becomes toxic, generating consequences that we can draw all our lives.

Fortunately, Science has helped us to understand how toxic stress affects the development of children, especially if that experience is experienced during early childhood (critical stage in brain development, physical and emotional people), how it generates consequences in adulthood, the importance of preventing and consider in medical diagnostics.

In that sense, I want to share the video pediatra Nadine Burke Harris your conference “How childhood trauma affects health throughout life” (“How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime”), that explains simply and scientifically based as adverse experiences or toxic stress (caused by factors such as abuse, abandonment, have parental figures who suffer from mental illness, with alcoholism or drug addicts, inter) It has real and tangible effects on brain development and for both health.

It is an essential addition to video show the negative consequences of adverse situations protracted childhood, It makes us reflect on some priorities within the field of public health and the importance of taking a holistic view when it comes to child development and issues related to health.

The pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris puts once again highlighted the importance of promoting capacity building resilience of children to minimize the consequences of toxic stress in their lives, can meet the different adverse situations they will live.

I hope you enjoy as much as me.


Lucia Losoviz

Conference “Bonding (attachment): influence on adolescent development” under the Fourth Course SEMA 7 March 2015 in Madrid

Conference “Bonding (attachment): influence on adolescent development” within IV Course of Comprehensive Adolescent Health organized by the Spanish Society for Adolescent Medicine.

Date: Saturday, 7 March 2015, the 13:00 a 13:45.

Place: Hospital Universitario La Paz
Paseo de la Castellana, 261

Go to the page where you can view all the information and register.

Download the program SEMA IV Course.

[Original Entry 28 January 2015, updated 7 March 2015, date of completion of the conference.]

Psychotherapy Networker, a resource to stay current in psychotherapy

Psychotherapy has an essential part of training in depth, and at the same time is very rewarding to know new approaches, new techniques, new ways to raise emerging issues. Updating and continuing education are part of the good practice of psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy Networker It is for me a very useful resource to keep abreast psychotherapy. Apart from other resources (videos, texts, specific numbers…), This organization publishes a bimonthly journal that appears in both paper and electronic format (Free access for two years), and each number has a thread, articles of professionals who have worked on the theme of the month, and references very interesting (in fact I've already bought several books after reading some articles, and I am very satisfied).


The website has many resources, and from here I want to recommend some articles and issues that seem particularly novel.

I leave you with good reading and I hope you enjoy it.


Pepa article Oven: “Attachment and adolescence: narrating in the mirror of the other”

The Spanish Society for Adolescent Medicine publishes the magazine Grows quarterly. In the third issue this year, published in September, out my article “Attachment and adolescence: narrating in the mirror of the other”, where you can download.

The article analyzes how attachment experiences in raising determine how to establish emotional relationships of adolescents, how we build our emotional narrative reference models and the consequences these models have in their emotional development. It also includes some key necessary for the emotional support from adult to teenager.

I hope you find it useful.


Conference “Sexual abuse in childhood” the Complutense Summer Course 2014 “Trauma and abuse in childhood”

Conference “Sexual abuse in childhood” the Complutense Summer Course 2014 “Trauma and abuse in childhood: Implications for mental health” organized by the Complutense University of Madrid San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid.

Date: Tuesday 22 July 2014, the 10:00 a 11:00.

Place: Headquarters Complutenses Summer Courses
San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

Go to the website of the summer courses for more information and registration.

Download the full course program.

[Original Entry 28 May 2014, updated 22 July 2014, date of the event.]

Conference Participation “Prevent child sexual abuse” Council of Europe

Espirales_CI_ConferenciaAs we mentioned in a entry of our agenda, Pepa last week and I had the honor and pleasure of participating in the Conference “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse” (“Prevent child sexual abuse”), Organized by Council of Europe in collaboration with the Government of Spain (especially with Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality), with the support of the La Caixa Foundation.

As arranged, Pepa moderated the roundtable “Empowering parents, mothers and people working in contact with children to contribute to the prevention of child sexual abuse”. It adds to that Pepa and I were in the “Circuit of good practice” Pepa presenting the program includes in his book Listening to my “guts”. For us it was an honor to present this methodology, who he had been elected by the Council of Europe and Federation of Associations for the Prevention of Child Abuse (FAPMI-ECPAT) as one of the fifteen experiences of good practices identified to be disseminated among participants. This methodology came from a collaboration we've had with both entities going back to the Council of Europe Campaign “One in five” against child sexual abuse, when we were developing training materials and impart several face seminars.

posterThe Conference was organized as a meeting point for both political arena (decision makers) as coach (those from research and practice offer our professional know-how), with representatives from different European countries and even other parts of the world. I found it very interesting to hear the point of view of participants from different countries, the materials are handled and programs to prevent child sexual abuse. And I really enjoyed being able to share our vision of how we think it works a comprehensive education for the prevention of child sexual abuse in early childhood education. We developed the poster in English to share the experience with international participants, and so it was, and just we are explaining the program in Castilian, English and French, and hopefully encourage them to translate and adapt to other countries. At the end we settled for exchanging many emails earrings, web pages and materials research and the feeling that meetings like this give us perspective and hope to continue working in this field.

We commend the Council of Europe for organizing the meeting and encourage all authorities to continue promoting this type of event, and they enrich the vision of practitioners and policy makers.


Sexuality is a part of life

Some afternoons, when I go to the park with my daughter, I meet a blind couple and their two children. I think of great courage mother and father decide to be unable to see, More challenging still fears that are common to all of us, parents, as might be lost, falling or getting hurt. Fortunately, increasingly less amazing to see people with disabilities by developing activities of daily life with full normality, overcoming the barriers that society has imposed on those people.

I am also happy to think that these people may have formed a couple, have children, be a family without being influenced by their disability. His image paternity / maternity fully developed form, accompanying their children to the park like any parent, It makes me reflect on the importance for all people sex education, and how this influences our identity.

From birth we are sexual beings, and development of our sexuality (and I do not mean sex) conditions our view of ourselves, our identity, how we relate to others and our well-being. It also allows us to recognize our feelings, when we feel good or are not comfortable with a situation or person, It is a protective element in situations of abuse or violence.

If in most societies still it remains a challenge to talk and support the development of sexuality in our children, much more difficult it is if that child has a disability. The fears, taboos, difficulties in finding appropriate words and gestures are multiplied by the way we parents to understand the ability of sexual development or sexuality of our children.

From Espirales CI we think that the right to sex education must be exercised from the first steps regardless of the condition, either sex, ethnicity or disability, inter. Therefore, we want to spread this material for parents, called “It's part of life” made in Uruguay by the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development next to Sex Education Program ANEP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

The publication contains some basics about sex education, sexuality and gender, promotes the role of the family and provides advice and recommendations concerning sex education work with children with physical and mental disabilities.

Working sex education for children with disabilities is an essential tool for inclusion and to promote full development.


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