Child Abuse Prevention Seminar — Lamar, PA

August 6 & 7, 2021

Get professional guidance on subjects such as “What is Abuse?”, “How to Report Child Abuse”, and “How Trauma and Abuse Impact a Survivor”. 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.

Nittany Valley Fire Hall
5101 Nittany Valley Dr, Lamar, PA 16848

Can’t Make it in Person?

Watch the Livestream

The majority of the topics at the seminar will be recorded and available to view with the purchase of a ticket. The plan is to have the event live streamed 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 6

2:15 pm

Check-In/Registration Opens

3:00 pm

Opening Remarks and Announcements

3:15 pm

Split Sessions
Women: “Creative Endeavors”
Crystal Sayre and Hope Anne Dueck

Men: “A Godly Man”
Dale Ingraham

4:30 pm


5:00 pm


6:00 pm

Announcements and Remarks

6:15 pm

“Understanding PA Law”
Detective Sasha Sheridan

7:30 pm


7:45 pm

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

​Q & A with Panel of Speakers

8:30 pm

Closing Remarks

August 7

8:15 am

Check-In/Registration Opens

8:45 am

Opening Remarks and Announcements

9:00 am

“Plain Talk About Child Abuse”

Cheryl Cirilo, LSW 

10:30 am


10:45 am

“Services Available for Victims”

Detective Sasha Sheridan

11:45 am


12:45 pm

Split Sessions
“Practical Advice For Protecting Your Children”

Cheryl Cirilo, LSW

“Keeping Children Safe from Abuse: how abuse impacts the health of our children and the adults they become”
Linda Crockett

1:45 pm


2:00 pm

“Resistance and Hope”

Linda Crockett

2:20 pm

Stretch Break

2:25 pm

“All About Fritter”

Detective Dan Bobo 

2:50 pm


3:00 pm

Split Sessions
“Teaching Children Healthy Sexuality”

Patricia Lewis

“Blameless in His Eyes”

Dale and Faith Ingraham

4:00 pm

Q & A with Panel of Speakers

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks


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.


Dan Bobo

Detective Sergeant Dan Bobo has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years. He currently specializes in investigating crimes against children. Working for the Knox County, OH Sheriff’s Office, he also serves on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI Exploited Child Task Force.

Seeing the need to support survivors of trauma and abuse, Detective Bobo began to research the idea of a service dog, properly trained to provide trauma support to victims. In 2019, Fritter began working with Detective Bobo and has proven to be a valuable asset.

Cheryl Cirilo

Cheryl Cirilo was born and raised in Lewistown, Pennsylvania before graduating from Moody Bible Institute with a certificate in American Intercultural Ministries. Cheryl also graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University) with degrees in Bible and Social Work and received her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University.

​Cheryl worked for 30 years as a social worker in private child welfare before joining the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s  Department of Human Services as a Human Services Program Representative in the Southeastern Regional Office of Children Youth and Families. Married for 38 years with 3 children and 4 grandchildren, Cheryl enjoys spending time with family, researching family history and visiting her parents in Belleville, Pennsylvania.

Linda Crockett

Linda Crockett is the founder and director of Safe Communities, a nonprofit in Lancaster, PA that works to prevent the sexual abuse of children, and provide hope and healing to abuse survivors.  The organization works with churches, schools, parents, youth camps and others  to educate adults about how to keep children safe from sexual harm, and holds support groups and retreats for adult survivors of abuse.  Linda’s book  “The Deepest Wound: How a Journey to El Salvador Led to Healing from Mother-Daughter Incest” recounts her mission work with refugees and survivors of torture, along with her personal story about healing from the sexual abuse she endured as a child.  The program Linda developed in 2011 for training churches to keep children safe from abuse is used in seven states and in Costa Rica.

​She currently co-leads the Plain Communities Task Force of Lancaster County on child sexual abuse prevention and victim support in Amish and Plain Communities; the Trauma-Informed Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence Work Group as part of the PA Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Advocacy and Reform; and serves as a member of Lancaster County C.A.S.E. Task Force on ending child sexual abuse and exploitation. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years, and have two grown sons and one grandchild. Linda enjoys hiking, reading, being near water, and traveling. 

Hope Anne Dueck

Raised in a plain community and observing multiple cases of child abuse, Hope Anne has a burning passion to protect children and the vulnerable from abuse.

Having previously helped create, and serve on the board of a non-profit in the 1990’s that supported survivors, Hope Anne eventually went on to co-found A Better Way with Wesley Yoder in 2017 to provide education about prevention of abuse, as well as supporting survivors through advocacy in a variety of ways..

It would be impossible for her to do the work she does without the enthusiastic support of her husband, Paul, and their children, and she is always grateful for their love and support.

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.

Patricia Lewis

Patricia (Tricia) Lewis is a wife, mother, and teacher. She is licensed to teach both elementary school and special education and has 14 years of experience in various educational settings. She is wife to Randy Lewis and mother to five boys. She enjoys gardening, puzzles, reading, and learning more about a variety of things. 

Crystal Sayre

Crystal Sayre is a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor who currently works at Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health Solutions in Cambridge, Ohio. She graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Crystal’s love in counseling is supporting parents and children to experience better connections with each other. Her focus is trauma-informed care of all ages of clients. Crystal’s desire is that every person and client experience the love of Jesus when they are with her.

Sasha Sheridan

Detective Sasha Sheridan grew up in Nebraska and moved to Pennsylvania in 1989.  After graduating from University of Pittsburgh with Administration in Justice Degree, she served as a corrections counselor in Allegheny County.  She then became a Pennsylvania State Trooper for 20 years, stationed at PSP Lamar Barracks.  Detective Sheridan currently works for Clinton County District Attorney David Strouse as County Detective specializing in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.