Child Abuse Prevention Seminar — Mesopotamia, OH

August 21, 2021

Get professional guidance on protecting children from abuse and reducing risk factors for abuse in your home and community. Participate in Q & A sessions, browse resources, interact with other people who care about children, and much more during this engaging event.

Open to all caring adults 18 and up.

Mesopotamia Town Hall
8686 OH-534, Mesopotamia, OH 44439 

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Credit may be offered by some foster/adoption agencies for this training. Check with your agency for their requirements.

​The registration fee covers many things including snacks, drinks, and a Chipotle Style meal for lunch with dairy and gluten free options. Dessert will also be available.

​Limited funds may be available if you need help with the purchase of a ticket. Please inquire.

Covid Information: This is a Covid Smart event. We ask that everyone make sure they are healthy before coming. If you are in doubt, please don’t come.

​We ask that all be very vigilant about hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer will be available along with soap in the restrooms. We ask that you use hand sanitizer before browsing the resource table and at other times. Please carefully observe all posted or verbal requests and observe carefully directions from staff.

​We look forward to seeing you!

Can’t Make it in Person?

Watch the Livestream

All sessions will be recorded and available to view with the purchase of a ticket. The plan is to have the event livestreamed with Zoom, with passworded access during the day. Afterwards, it will still be available for you to re-watch. The email address that you use to purchase this ticket is how we will contact you to provide detailed information the day before the conference.

​If for some reason, the live streaming fails, the day will still be recorded and uploaded for you to access later. So either way, this ticket purchase will allow you to access A Better Way’s day of training.

​This ticket purchase will also include some PDF’s for your use. Please note that the ticket price also helps pay our speakers.

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August 21, 2021

8:15 am

Check-In/Registration Opens

9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Announcements

9:15 am

“What Does God Say About Abuse?” 
Dale and Faith Ingraham

10:30 am


10:45 am

“How Understanding the Effects of Abuse Helped Me Heal”
Dianne Couts

11:45 am


1:00 pm

“Human Trafficking In Our Own Communities”
Deputy David Nally

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

“Mandated Reporting”

Jessica Williams and Darleen Shope

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

“What Does God Say About Obeying the Law?”
Dale Ingraham

4:15 pm

Q & A with Panel of Speakers

4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

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Anyone with a credible accusation of any type of abuse, or a conviction of abuse of any kind, is not welcome to attend our standard seminars. Anyone who has attended in the past and caused concern for our staff, our law enforcement partners or to our attendees, is also not welcome at future events. We reserve the right to reject registrations, or to ask anyone who has arrived to vacate the premises. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to DM our page.


Dianne Darr Couts

Dianne Darr Couts is a retired high school English and French teacher and survivor of childhood sexual abuse and institutional abuse. As a board member of Missionary Kid (MK) Safety Net, Dianne is a speaker at conferences and in churches about abuse in religious settings. Her book, Things Fell Apart, But the Center Held, is her story of an extraordinary childhood, rich with wonderful experiences, juxtaposed with sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse.

Dianne is married to Bud, a retired minister. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.

Dale & Faith Ingraham

Dale Ingraham graduated from Practical Bible Training School in Johnson City, NY in 1983. He has been a pastor of several churches since beginning his ministry in 1983.  He resigned from Curtis Baptist Bible Church in Campbell, NY, where he served as their pastor for 20 years, to devote himself fully to the ministry of Speaking Truth in Love.  He is the author of Tear Down This Wall of Silence. He also serves on the board of MK Safety Net US. 

Faith Ingraham is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She has been serving with her husband in pastoral ministry since 1984.  She is an author, speaker, life coach and strong advocate against domestic violence and abuse. Dale and Faith have been married since 1984.  She homeschooled all five of their children and enjoys spending time with their grown children and grandchildren.

David Nally

Deputy David Nally is with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, where he serves full time in their patrol division. In addition to working as an office liaison to the Amish and Plain Communities of Knox County, Deputy Nally is the school resource officer for the East Knox School District, where he has the opportunity to proactively police by positively mentoring students in grades K through 12. 

Deputy Nally has been a deputy sheriff in Ohio for 26 years, and has lived and served in Holmes, Coshocton and Knox Counties. Each of those counties have Amish and Mennonite populations that Deputy Nally has had a personal and professional opportunity to work and interact with. Deputy Nally also enjoys his friendships among Amish populations in Geauga County, OH, Munfordville, KY, and Clymer, NY, often staying in their homes when he travels.

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams works with Trumbull County Children Services as an Assessment Supervisor. In addition to supervising a team of Assessment Caseworkers, Jessica mentors University Partnership Interns from YSU, who also hope to have careers in child welfare. Jessica is also part of community organizations, including The Trauma Informed Committee of Trumbull County and serves on the Board for COMPASS Family and Community Services. She aims to educate the community that social work is based on building and strengthening families by addressing the root concerns

​Darleen Shope

Darleen Shope, MSSA, LISW-S, is the Supervisor of Investigations and Assessment at Trumbull County Children Services. She has 34 years of experience in the field of child welfare, with expertise in sexual and physical abuse investigations and Differential Response. She is an alumnus of the National Child Welfare Workforce Leadership Academy for Middle Managers. Darleen provides training to new caseworkers, law enforcement, social services and other professionals on various topics related to investigations, child abuse, neglect and Differential Response.

Darleen served on Ohio’s Differential Response Leadership Council as Co-chair and was the lead for Trumbull County. She is a past member of the Ohio Differential Response Implementation and Practice Advancement Team. She was trained in Forensic Interviewing through the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Darleen is a coordinator for Trumbull County’s Child Assault Prosecution Team, and a certified trainer through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program.