The Mayerson Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center educates professionals and policy makers in the community about identifying, treating and preventing child abuse. Educational services include:

Physician Training Opportunities

Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

The three-year fellowship prepares physicians for an academic and clinical career in the field of child abuse. Through a broad range of experiences, fellows develop proficiency in clinical care, research, teaching and administration.

Contact Kathi Makoroff for more information at 513-636-0037.

Medical Student and Resident Elective 

Pediatric residents and fourth-year medical students can enroll in a  Child Abuse Elective.

Contact Kathi Makoroff for more information at 513-636-0037.

Nurse Training Opportunities

Pediatric Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner (Pediatric SANE) Training

This training will prepare Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to acutely evaluate and care for pediatric and adolescent sexual assault and abuse patients.  The course faculty includes the interdisciplinary team members of Cincinnati Children’s Child Abuse Team.

Course content includes pediatric growth and development, the team approach to the care and investigation of child sexual assault or abuse, the dynamics of child sexual assault and abuse, identification and documentation of injuries, evidence collection protocols and procedures, sexually transmitted infections, case scenario discussions, legal system overview  and colposcopic and digital photo documentation.

Our four-day didactic training must be supplemented with clinical experience at the attendee’s hospital.

Contact Kaitlin Riffle, RN, for more information at  513-636-0037.

Prevention Training

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

The Mayerson Center has two staff members trained to facilitate a three-hour child sexual abuse prevention training through Darkness to Light (D2L), an international nonprofit organization. The mission of D2L is to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations and corporations that serve children and youth. 

  • 2.5 continuing education hours are available for social workers and counselors.
  • 2.5 continuing professional education hours are available for nurses.

More information regarding the Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training can be found on the Darkness to Light website.

To schedule a local Stewards of Children training, contact: