For Over 37 Years, Long Island's Leading Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Preventing Bullying and Child Abuse

Staff and Faculty Development

Are you planning a Faculty In-Service or a Superintendent’s Day Conference for your school or district?  CAPS offers fee-based, on-site staff development and professional education programs on the subjects we specialize in: Dignity Act training, child abuse and neglect, bullying and cyber-bullying prevention, Internet safety and sexual harassment.  Call 516-621-0552 ext. 102 for more information.

About CAPS Presenters:

Alane Fagin, MS, is a Child Development Specialist with a Masters Degree in Child Development.  She has been the Executive Director of CAPS since its inception in 1982, and led it to become Long Island’s leading organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect.   She also teaches courses on child abuse and violence prevention as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University, since 1992. Alane has authored several articles on child abuse and neglect and contributed a chapter to the text “Teaching Children About Health” (Morton, second edition, 2003).  She is  a member of the NYS Dignity Act Task Force and state policy workgroup, as well as an active board member and participant on Long Island coalitions, task forces and advisory committees on youth violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy and family violence,  and has presented workshops on these issues at conferences across the country. She is frequently called upon by television, radio and print media as an expert source.

Patricia Cathers, LMSW has been the Director of Program and Volunteer Services for the past 12 years.  She is the primary author and researcher of CAPS’ child abuse and child safety workshops and curricula, and trains K-12 school personnel on youth violence prevention, bully prevention and intervention, and other child safety topics.  She is a member of the Professional Development workgroup for the NYS Dignity Act. As an expert in the field, she has been interviewed by local and network radio and television stations, the NY Times, and Newsday.  She is a W. Burghart Turner Fellow at SUNY at Stony Brook, and worked for the Nassau County Department of Social Services, specializing in child welfare, prior to joining CAPS.

Kara Santucci, MS is CAPS’ Bully Prevention Specialist and a certified Olweus Bully Prevention Trainer.  She holds a masters in school counseling and has worked at the high school and college level. She also has experience working with early intervention pre-school children and their families. A CAPS speaker for more than 10 years, she also teaches the NYS Mandated Course on Child Abuse and the Schools Against Violence in Education.