Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training

12/07/2011 (All day) to 12/08/2011 (All day)
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Office for Victims of Crime
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With a focus on crisis intervention rather than long-term counseling, this 2-day training will deepen your understanding of sexual assault and the major roles of an advocate/counselor. This training is designed primarily for sexual assault advocates/counselors who are volunteers or staff at rape crisis centers. Others who may benefit include nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and professional counselors who do not have specific sexual assault training. Through case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will build the basic skills necessary to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors effectively and sensitively. Specifically, you will:

  • Define your role in relation to others working as part of a sexual assault response team.
  • Learn how to respond to a crisis call reporting recent sexual assault.
  • Develop a "toolkit" of crisis intervention techniques to support recovery from sexual assault.
  • Formulate a personalized self-care plan to prevent burnout.
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