Svava Brooks is the co-founder (2004) of a nationwide Child Sexual Abuse prevention and education organization (NGO) in Iceland, Blátt áfram (www.blattafram.is/English) and survivor of child sexual abuse. Her hope is to lead by example in breaking the silence on this most damaging and pervasive issue. Svava speaks openly and directly about her abuse, personal healing and dedication to the issue of Child Sexual Abuse, and by doing so hopes to educate survivors and other responsible adults. She has dedicated her life to ending the cycle of abuse through education, awareness and supporting survivors with how to get the help they need.
Svava is available to speak publicly for a wide variety of occasions and age groups. Svava will vary her presentation, depending on the audience, but the main focus is always empowerment and prevention! When speaking to adults, her lectures focus on the need for adult responsibility. When speaking to teenagers, her lectures focus on age-appropriate responsibilities, self esteem, the need for good boundaries, and the critical importance of finding a way to get help if necessary. In all cases, Svava speaks from the heart and uses wit, wisdom and humility to convey a message of hope rather then anger or blame. Her interactive lectures blend real-life experiences with the latest statistics and data about CSA. The goal is to show that together, through education, awareness and straight-talk, we can create a safer environment for our children and for generations to come.
Svava Brooks has given lectures to: high-level government committees (in Iceland), universities & colleges, various conferences, high schools, middle schools, pre-schools (including teachers, staff and students), PTO´s and teacher workshops. Additionally, Svava has been featured many times on television and radio as well as magazine and newspaper interviews. Her writing has been included in major legislation for the city of Reykjavík, Iceland.
A Certified Instructor and Facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training since 2004, Svava provides Stewards of Children evidence based training throughout California. In addition Svava has created programs for adults and teens to learn about the prevention of CSA.
Svava Brooks is a survivor herself and uses her own childhood experience of growing up in an abusive home suffering both physical and sexual abuse to educate others and hopes to encourage parents to educate their kids and organizations to plan for preventing offenders to use their organizations to access vulnerable children.
Svava's experience also includes: Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist, Certified Parent Educator, BellaNet Teen support group facilitator, Life Coach, CSA advocate, Survivor and thrivers of CSA.
Svava is an experienced group facilitator that has a gift for
creating safe and supportive group environment for adult survivors of child
sexual abuse. Svava has led male and
female support groups. On her own healing journey Svava shares with her groups personal experiences from 20 years on the journey. The challenges and stepping stones in the forms of books, meditation, self help tools. Svava provides online peer support, for adult survivors of child sexual abuse at http://cst.onehealth.com/ Svava in 2013, received a facilitator certificate for The Advance!. This group material presented by Connections provides core tasks for restoring to authentic identity. The Certified Facilitator has been equipped with an understanding of the restoration model and the restoration ranges. Our facilitators have been equipped with listening skills; the ability to create a safe place for sharing; ability to recognize hurtful beliefs and the sensitivity necessary to offer counter truth. They also possess skills to recognize and name the strengths and aspects of identity of the participants.
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