The purpose of this training program is to train local civilian victim advocates on building effective partnerships with local military installations to enhance and extend the system of support for sexual assault victims in the military. With the knowledge gained through this training process and their own expertise in sexual assault, local civilian victim advocates will be able to serve as knowledgeable resources to military installations.To prepare for the 2014 series of training events, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) through its Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), have updated the training curriculum to reflect FY2013 DoD data and new victim assistance related programs and policies.
WMC Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and message training program for women in the country. There are not enough progressive women’s voices in mainstream media and this program aims to change that. We are looking for women with diverse expertise (economic justice, health care policy, LGBTQ rights, etc.) who have the ability to make their voices heard in the media. We seek thought leaders, issue experts, and advocates for change who want to gain knowledge and skills to leverage their messages both locally and nationally. Participants represent a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation. They receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespeople in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a supportive network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Professional valueWhether you serve victims of crime and crisis or manage people that do, you will find the 40th NOVA Conference an exceptional value. As the longest standing annual training conference of this type, the NOVA Conference is rooted in a tradition of excellence and built upon a commitment to innovation. And with four days of training, the NOVA Conference can provide one full year’s Continuing Education Units for programs like NACP.Professional skillsChoose from over 100 workshops and plenary sessions for new, intermediate, and advanced victim advocates. Educational topics include: counseling & advocacy; restorative justice; program management; identity theft/cyber crimes; spiritual and mental health services; homicide issues; domestic violence and sexual assault; special concerns for children, elderly, and victims with disabilities; public policy; law enforcement and prosecution models; Native American Justice; self care and burnout; interdisciplinary services and collaboration; and much more.
Windy City Times is hosting a summit May 2-5 on LGBTQ youth in the Chicago region, to assess the current issues impacting homeless youth, and new solutions to these complex issues. Kim Hunt, executive director of Affinity Community Services, is the summit’s director.The title of the summit is “Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!”Each of the summit’s three days will have a different area of focus:Friday, May 2, 2-8 p.m.Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s HospitalOpen to people 25 and under who have been impacted by homelessness.Registration: FREESat., May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.University of Illinois at Chicago, Behavioral Sciences Bldg, 1007 W. HarrisonOpen to youth, nonprofits, government agencies, politicians, foundations, activists, service providers, academic researchers and individuals working on these issues.Registration: $45 adults, youth freeMon., May 5, 8 a.m.-NoonMuseum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St.Report to government agencies, politicians, foundations (private, public and corporate foundations encouraged to attend), academics, and donors.Registration: FREEFor more information visit the website.
The Force of Awesome Institute is a five-day anti-violence educator training program brought to you by the folks at Catharsis Productions. Our mission is to reinvigorate the training component of the anti-violence movement, imbuing it with energy, data, and skill. This institute will strengthen even the most seasoned trainer and educator. There are only 15 available spots, so sign up today!
Training Dates: January 6th – 10th 2014
Location: Chicago, IL
Cost: Sign up by November 15th: $550 plus travel and lodging
Sign up by December 15th: $650 plus travel and lodging
After December 15th: $700 plus travel and lodging
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The Force of Awesome Institute was designed to change the paradigm of prevention education and educator training programs. Its focus is on enabling educators to develop and hone both their curriculum development and analysis, and provide coaching and direction that profoundly improves their presentation delivery and ability to connect with diverse and challenging audiences. We believe that coaching and fostering analytical ability in a community of trainers to be the core of an effective train-the-trainer model, and one that has been sorely absent from our collective practice.
We are not just creating passionate orators who merely inspire; our educators will have the ability to translate their causes into purposeful, actions that may be immediately taken by their audiences. Our combined 35 years of training experience will take your skills from good to great. Join us, become a part of the Force of Awesome!
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Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
The 32nd Annual Research and Treatment Conference sponsored by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois, October 30 through November 2, 2013. This conference will offer symposia, workshop presentations, poster sessions, discussion groups, and advanced clinics relating to issues in both victim and perpetrator research and treatment. All sessions, with the exception of posters, have been approved for Continuing Education credits. Each presentation will provide information and training based on cutting edge research development and clinical application. The format is designed to best facilitate interaction with and learning from some of the most advanced practitioners in the field of sexual abuse. In addition to the three-day Conference schedule, ATSA will offer a selection of intensive half- and/or full-day Pre-Conference Clinics. These Clinics are designed to provide participants with extensive training and skills enhancement. View full conference description and registration information.
A Long Walk Home SOARS program and Girl/Friends youth leaders participates in our partner RVA’s hour long Standing Silent Witness demonstration at the Daley Plaza. Join us in silence to demonstrate and bring awareness of the silence that survivors of sexual assault are often forced into.
ALWH’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, youth leaders perform in Catharsis Productions’ Yes! Please. Yes! Please is an evening of creative performances about consent and community” is a social movement and an awareness raising campaign to incite positivity and celebration around the issues and practices of enthusiastic consent. We believe that consent is to permit, approve, or agree.
Lecture discusses how state-of-the art technology can empower communities and individuals to prevent and heal from sexual violence using new methods in art therapy and the digital arts, such as photography, projection, video, twitter, and facebook.
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