After initially providing nearly 30 sessions on preventing sexual misconduct for more than 2,600 staff and faculty members across the state, Kamehameha Schools continued its pledge to increase awareness by sharing the crucial information with parents.
As part of its ongoing commitment to student safety across its vast organization, KS provided its first training session on helping parents protect children from sexual misconduct at KS Kapālama’s Kula Waena (middle school) Hale ‘Āina (dining hall) on June 6. The presentation, which also featured an interactive question-and-answer portion, was facilitated by Dr. Alex Bivens of the Misconduct Prevention Institute, who has worked in school-based behavioral health as a licensed clinical psychologist for the past 18 years.
“My goal in life is to put myself out of business so we never have to do these training sessions again,” said Bivens. “I want akamai people looking at behaviors with eyes wide open, and to make it easier to start a conversation without feeling uncomfortable. Adults make all the difference in shaping the lives of keiki.”Bivens explained that the overarching goal of the sexual abuse awareness training sessions is to help KS employees protect keiki, colleagues, the institution and themselves. Topics covered in the two-hour presentation included:
The training sessions have reached an array of employees, from those working at Kawaiaha‘o Plaza and across the state, to campus personnel including kumu and administrators as well as dining hall staff, security team members and the vast majority of coaches and athletic department staff.
“We at KS have a kuleana to create a safe and nurturing environment for your children, and that includes protecting them from sexual misconduct as we try to create a strong environment where students can thrive,” said KS Kapālama Po‘o Kula Dr. Taran Chun. “Before they can learn, I want kids to wake up and be excited and inspired to come to school. This training is one way we can build that positive environment.”
Bivens has co-authored numerous articles published in behavioral science journals on topics ranging from personality assessment to depression, substance abuse and therapist behavior. He conducts training sessions across the state, and also serves as an expert witness in child sex assault cases.
Student safety is emphasized throughout KS’ work on its three campuses and in communities across the state, and is a key priority for every employee. More information about the training sessions and other safety-related initiatives is available on the KS Student Safety website.