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No More Silent Trainings: Get the Engagement You Want

Join us in our two-part, online training where you will get an understanding of adult learning, practical tools for developing engaging curriculum, and tips for facilitating group discussions.

2 part interactive virtual training

1st training: Thursday, June 8, 2023

8:30 am - 12:00 pm PST

2nd training: Thursday, June 22, 2023

8:30 am - 12:00 pm PST

Online via Zoom

$175 to attend

Register HERE (you will then be redirected to PayPal to complete payment)

*This training will be a meeting style on Zoom so you will have the unique opportunity to interact directly with the presenters. Spaces are limited so please register as soon as possible, or you may be put on the waitlist.

Course Overview:

Are you frustrated with silence from non-engaged audiences during your trainings? In our two-part, online training you will get an understanding of adult learning, practical tools for developing engaging curriculum, and tips for facilitating group discussions. You will hear from experts with over 30 years of experience in
curriculum development, adult learning, and coaching. With our training you will leave feeling confident that your next presentation will be lively and:

  1. How to be accessible for all audiences
  2. Enhanced with the latest technology;
  3. And filled with robust discussions in digital breakout groups.

About our presenters:

Cynthia Dionne

Cynthia Dionne has done extensive work as a lead trainer with the Desired Results Project – an innovative early childhood assessment system designed by California. Cynthia brings almost thirty years of experience in early childhood education. As a preschool teacher, director, online instructor, and trainer of trainers – she offers a widespread understanding of online learning. Currently, she advises on program enhancement and compliance through an array of training and coaching services.

Sonia Sandoval-Edinger

CIR’s Executive Director, Sonia Sandoval-Edinger, M.A., has over 2 decades of experience overseeing multiple projects dealing with abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment on state and national programs, with activities ranging from identifying training needs, organizing training events, developing curriculum, collecting and facilitating the sharing of best practices, to representing the project in and presenting at local, statewide and national conferences. Her passion lies in culturally responsive, quality service provision that reduces trauma for all individuals.

Joshua Thomas 

Joshua Thomas is a freelance creative consultant with a passion and commitment to serving the community. He started JT Creative Counsel as an outlet for his creativity and imagination while remaining rooted in nonprofit work. As a creative consultant, his goal is to help clients build deeper connections with their audiences through powerful messaging, polished presentations, and thoughtful design. With almost a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, Josh continues to be inspired and fulfilled by his work. In 2021 he joined the California chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) Board of Directors.

Please contact Goretti Alvarez at, for any questions or concerns or if you require any accommodations to participate in this training. This training will not be recorded.


This training is funded by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. With your support, CIR provides current, research-based training programs that ensure that children, families, and communities are served in a coordinated, holistic way, allowing professionals in the field to implement strategies to improve their practice.