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SHIFT (Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training)

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SHIFT addresses the serious negative effects that chronic exposure to child sexual exploitation and abuse material can have on professionals engaged in rescuing victims and arresting perpetrators. Under this project, training is delivered at national law enforcement conferences and regional in-person events and through web-based learning.

Provider Organization

The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF)
Award Details


TIJF developed comprehensive mental health and wellness programs including in-person training and related services, products, and materials. It provides a dynamic website; supplemental guides for managers, mental health professionals, and family support systems; and:

  • 3- to 6.5-hour basic psychoeducational program (PEP) for exposed individuals and mental health professionals to educate participants about the negative effects of chronic exposure to traumatic material and offers tools to counteract them
  • 90-minute trainings on advanced topics delivered at conferences and via webinars, including family and support system training
  • Pre-exposure training videos to prepare investigators for exposure and tools to help them mitigate exposure
  • Numerous informational videos
  • TTA to law enforcement teams implementing wellness programs


  • Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Community Members
  • Court Personnel
  • Detention/Corrections Staff
  • Families
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Probation Officers
  • Prosecutors


Participants must have professional work experience that requires exposure to child pornography images/cases or be a mental health professional interested in working with exposed individuals. Contact the TTA project for more information.




SHIFT products include training event materials, online training, related products (e.g., curriculum modules, PowerPoint slides, videos, supplemental guides, webinars), and the project website.

Basilia Padillas
[email protected]

  • Preventing Child Abuse, Neglect, and Victimization
  • Supporting Prosecutors
  • Supporting and Protecting Law Enforcement

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Date Published: October 14, 2020