Programs Available  

   Beacon Health Center and the Green Bear Club have many programs available for concerned adults, professionals and elementary/middle school-aged children.  Funding for these programs is provided by Beacon Health Center and private donations.  We provide child abuse prevention education programs to the following counties:  Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott, Stoddard.   Programs we have available include (click on the class you would like more information about):



A Guide for Mandated Reporters

   According to Missouri's School Board Association, each school in Missouri is now responsible, " . . . to arrange for training and information necessary to assist staff members in identifying possible instances of child abuse and neglect . . . "  Each school is also responsible for, " . . . implementing a planned program of personal safety and awareness education, including methods for preventing sexual abuse, that shall be provided to teachers, students and parents/guardians." (Missouri Statutes.RSMo 160.261, 210 110.165).

    • Objectives.  After completing this 2 hour course, mandated reporters will be able to:
      • Discuss ways to prevent child abuse in schools, churches and civic organizations (establishing appropriate contact between students/teachers, becoming a role model to students, involving adolescents in building non-violent relationships, engaging men as allies, classroom supervision)
      • Define child abuse and recognize the importance of Missouri's mandated reporting laws
      • Identify signs and symptoms of child abuse
      • Discover the importance of the Multidisciplinary Teach Approach when dealing with suspected child abuse
      • Perform a preliminary interview when child abuse is suspected
      • Report, and document, suspected child abuse in Missouri to Missouri's Child Abuse Hotline.
    • Target Audience.  All Mandated Reporters in Missouri which includes
      • All school personnel
      • Police Officers including juvenile officers
      • Counselors/social workers
      • Clergy and their agents (Sunday School Teachers, church leaders and deacons/elders)
      • Medical Personnel
      • Foster parents
      • Day care providers
      • Anyone in Missouri who works with or around children

The Green Bear Program

   The Green Bear program is a 30 minutes program created for students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade which teaches students primary child abuse prevention.  Parents are encouraged to attend this program with their children so they can talk with their children about what was learned during our class time.  Our message to children is very simple:

  • Our bodies are private.  No one should hug you, kiss you or touch you where you do not want to be hugged, kissed or touched. 
  • If someone hugs, kisses or touches you where you do not want to be hugged, kissed or touched, it is OK to say, "NO!", then we always tell a grownup.
  • If someone touches you where you do not want to be touched, it is NEVER THE KID'S FAULT!
  • Primary abuse prevention is a very important part of our class; we discuss secrets vs. surprise, never accepting gifts without the permission of the person in charge, prevention of abduction situations, interent dangers, etc.

   Younger children (prekindergarten - 2nd grade) participate in a puppet show with Green Bear or Tiffy Bear.  First and second grade students are also read a story about Meagan or Joey, 2 young characters who were touched where they did not want to be touched and received help.  Older children, instead of the puppet show, complete age-appropriate fun books that discuss primary sexual abuse prevention.

Hugging, Kissing, Touching . . . And All That Other Stuff.

   This program was created for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.  In this multi-session (2-5 sessions) program, we not only talk with children about sexual abuse, but also discuss more mature topics regarding sexual assault/abuse prevention.  Content includes:

  • How to stay SAFE in predating situations (Say what you mean, Avoid secluded places, Forget alcohol and drugs, Encourage group outings)
  • Internet dangers
  • Sexual harassment and what to do if sexually harassed
  • Date rape drugs and how to avoid them
  • What is "grooming" and what to do if it occurs
  • What to do if sexually abused/assaulted.

   After completing the course, students play a game entitled, "Surviving the Dating Game", used to reinforce what was learned in class.   Each student is asked to give their parents a handout on internet dangers for their parents to sign.  If they bring the handout back to school, signed by parents, they will receive a "bonus point" for the game. Teachers are provided with a handout on protecting children from abuse. 

Parenting 101

   Our parenting classes instruct parents on how to talk with kids about abuse, how to protect children from abuse, how to respond to a child who has reported abuse and how to report suspected abuse.  Other topics we can discuss include:

Positive Parenting.  During classtime, we will discuss developing high self-esteem in children, recognizing and understanding your children's feelings and engaging in effective communication with your children.  Shaken Baby Sydrome, preventing child abductions and positive discipline will also be discussed.

Protecting Children Online.  We will discuss the dangers on the internet through different types of communication - X Box, instant messaging, email, chat rooms, web sites and how to protect your children.


To schedule a class:

   You may contact Wendy Wilson at Beacon Health Center:


Office phone: 573.332.1900

Fax:  573.332.0444

Address:  Beacon Health Center; 73 Sheridan,  Cape Girardeau, MO  63703



The Green Bear Program         73 Sheridan     Cape Girardeau, MO 63703          573-332-1900