Monthly Archives: December 2015

2016 Los Niños Bien Educados Program Instructor Workshop

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CICC is excited to announce that, for the first time in several years, it will be conducting a 2016 parenting instructor training workshop to prepare more individuals to offer its Los Niños Bien Educados Program for parents of Latino children.

Over 1000 health, mental health, social service agencies and departments, schools and religious institutions nationwide have previously had their staffs or consultants trained and certified through these 5-day workshops.

The 2016 workshop will be in Southern California the week of May 9th – 13th, 2016. It will be conducted in cooperation with the organization, El Proyecto Del Barrio, at their offices in Panorama City.
Enrollment in this workshop is limited to 20 participants.

You can learn more about the program & the workshops by visiting:

(1) Parenting Programs @

(2) Research and News Articles @

(3) Instructor Workshops @

The cost per workshop participant is $1395 for the 5 days of intensive training by Dr. Martha Lopez, our Senior National Trainers-of-Instructors in this highly valued program.

The enrollment fee includes the complete Instructor’s Kit of educational materials that are needed to run the 12 session parenting classes in the program. See The Kit costs $415 on its own.

Save the week. Enrollment information will be available soon.

“Spotlight” on the Institutional Abuse of Children

“Spotlight” on the Institutional Abuse of Children
By Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.

The compelling new film, Spotlight, deserves to be seen by everyone who cares about the safety and welfare of children!la-et-mn-spotlight-review-20151106-001

The film dramatically tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering and revealing of the sexual abuse of poor children by 70 Catholic priests throughout that city. It further details how the church shifted the priests to other locations and the institutional conspiracy to keep these cases unknown to the public.

These 2001 events eventually led to a worldwide scandal of enormous proportions.

A fine review of the film by Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, along with footage from the film, is available here. Mr. Turan closes his article by noting that “Spotlight is both damning and inspiring, depressing and heartening. Though it is set more than a decade in the past, it’s the “All the President’s Men” for our time, and, boy, do we need it now.”

The Catholic Church, however, is not alone in having some of its personnel engage in abusive actions with children and adolelecents. Other denominations have had their own secrets, as have other institutions that serve children, including public schools and juvenile justice settings.

Such abuses rank right up with those committed by the over three million parents who are reported each year for child abuse and neglect. All betray the basic trust in adults that that is crucial for the healthy development of children.

The film, of course, could not include the steps that the Catholic Church has been taking since the turn of the century in an attempt to remedy this horrible situation. In that regard, we alert you to an 2010 article, Pope to Sex Abuse Victims: I am truly sorry.” (Pope to sex abuse victims: ‘I am truly sorry’ | National Catholic Reporter). This balanced article includes the many actions the Catholic Church is now taking to halt these abuses and comments on whether they are doing enough.

Once again, we at CICC urge everyone to see this eye-opening film — and to become more aware of the need to protect all children from all forms of abuse.