Dealing with mental health issues in the victim service world can be a challenge. This training will provide information on how to deal with the intersection between victims and mental health issues including the issues arising out of traumatization and pre-existing diagnoses of mental disorders in victims and offenders. This training will also address caring for yourself when dealing with these challenges.RegistrationRegistration closes on May 23, 2014. To register online click on the Register Now button at the top of this course description. You can also download the registration form and mail, fax or email it to:Donna R. HullVictim Serviced Training Consultant806 West Market StreetWest Chester, PA 19382Fax: (888) 486-5136
Once again, the PAIRWN will display the "Our Voice" exhibit from May 13 - June 15, 2014 on the Yellow Wall Gallery at Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg. Attached is the flyer.Reception: Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6pm to 10pmLecture: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. The PAIRWN will have a presentation on "Story Circle". Both of these activities will be at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore 1302 N Third Street Harrisburg, PA. Attached is the flyer.Our Voices: Refugee and Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories is a 2005 exhibit featuring the portraits of women newcomers of Harrisburg and their stories of moving to the United States. The black and white portraits were taken by photographer Catherine Wert of Halifax, PA.The project was born out of the Story Circle program hosted by the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women's Network (PAIRWN) where women came together to share their experiences and support one another in their transition to a new home and the accompanying struggles and triumphs.
Ongoing news stories that raise awareness about the sexual abuse of boys offer a great opportunity to encourage men to begin addressing their childhood sexual trauma. But how do you reach male survivors? How do you engage them, make them feel safe in stepping forward?This 90-minute is designed to help advocates, organizers and practitioners think about the most effective ways to reach out to men and with those who care about them. Explore key meanings in language, messaging, and other marketing tools to help guide your strategic plan for effective engagement. This webinar explores: 1in6 outreach philosophy; basic outreach theory; practical strategic plan for your practice or organization’s outreach and awareness activities; common practices to increase social-media engagement; available resources for men.
Because social norms for men often inhibit their effective emotional responses to childhood trauma, men often learn to cope other ways — sometimes not so effective ways. These may include addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, work, pornography and unsafe sexual practices; risky physical activities; issues with anger management; suicide, and physical violence. So instead of calling rape crisis centers or mental health clinics, male survivors often show up in court, rehab facilities, or in the ER without ever disclosing their secret.This webinar explores: Men’s presenting issues that may reflect a history of childhood sexual abuse; resources and options for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse; ineffective coping strategies men use that may be related to childhood sexual abuse; ways men may respond differently from women to a history of abuse; availability of resources for male survivors; social/cultural norms for men that inhibit male survivors from reaching out for help; self-care issues that may arise when working with male survivors; and impact of abuse and resources for secondary survivors (family and loved ones).
This webinar for social service providers, law enforcement and other professionals who work with men, provides an opportunity to consider the particular ways men may respond differently to childhood sexual abuse. Whatever your level of knowledge about working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, this interactive webinar may encourage you to rethink your current assumptions, examine your expectations and to employ a lens of masculinity to enhance your existing skills when working with men.This workshop explores: Common misunderstandings about men and sexual abuse; special barriers men face in disclosing childhood abuse; how cultural norms may inhibit men from seeking treatment (Gender expression, Sexual Orientation, Race, Ethnicity, Faith…); the importance and role of language in advocacy & education; helpful audit tools for program effectiveness; discussion of existing resources and the challenge of finding therapists specifically trained to work with male survivors of sexual abuse; and guidance on the critical need to remain neutral when raising the issue of sexual abuse or responding to a disclosure.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10am, CPIP is offering a FREE 1.5 hour cultural competency training on working with Muslim victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The training will be held at the York County Annex Building located at 118 Pleasant Acres Road York, PA 17402. Please RSVP for the training by emailing Sarah. The trainer is Ms. Asma Hanif, an advanced practice nurse who has devoted her life to operating Al-Nissa Holistic Health Center, a free clinic for women who are homeless, uninsured, or victims of domestic abuse, and Muslimat Al-Nisaa, a shelter for Muslim women in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Hanif’s work has been featured in stories on NPR and MSNBC. The training will focus on the following topics: - Basic cultural competency training (overview of major cultural/religious tenets)- Challenges that Muslim victims of domestic violence and sexual assault face/barriers to leaving abusive relationships and seeking services- Concrete tips and guidance for DV/SA service providers working with Muslim victims They are excited to host Ms. Hanif and are hopeful many of you can make it to this training!
APHA's Annual Meeting & Exposition is a home for public health professionals to convene, learn, network and engage. We invite you to join more than 12,000 of your peers to share information, promote best practices, advocate for public health issues and enhance your career. Come experience APHA.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) are proud to announce the second annual LGBTQ Summit, hosted by the PCAR/NSVRC LGBTQ Workgroup. This one-day summit will focus on understanding the connections between sexual violence and the LGBTQ community. Workshops will be beginner to advanced levels and include topics about the intersections of racial justice and the LGBTQ community; Queerability, people living with diasbilities who also identify as LGBTQ; healthy sexuality models for allies; and how sexual violence impacts the trans* community. In addition to networking opportunities, participants will also be invited to three open invitation caucuses (Queer, Allies, and Self-Care) for futher discussion.This event is for anyone who wants to learn more about how sexual violence impacts the LGBTQ community. Everyone, including straight allies!, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registeration deadline is May 7th.
McAndrews Law Offices and the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative
McAndrews Law Offices and the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative have teamed up to present a free, informational seminar. Heather Hulse, J.D., M.S., M.A. will present on children’s educational rights, including the school district’s obligation to address bullying in a child’s IEP. Joseph McGettigan, Esq., the successful prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky trial will discuss the prosecution and the importance of awareness surrounding abuse. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with an attorney from McAndrews Law Offices. View more information.
Ms. Munch spent years working as a prosecutor in Colorado working with domestic violence and sexual assault units. In addition to her work as a prosecutor, Ms. Munch was the director of the San Miguel Resource Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program the Telluride, Colorado. She also directed the Ending Violence Against Women Project, a statewide multi-disciplinary training and technical assistance project in Colorado for nine years.
Currently, Ms. Munch works full time providing training and consulting in the area of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. She understands the complexity of crimes involving violence against women and the inherent challenges faced by victims. She is dedicated to improving our response to crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
This training is offender focused and victim centered and will cover specific topics such as understanding trauma and its effect on how victims perceive, store and recall information, offender tactics; who they are and how they operate, understanding the legal definition of “consent”, alcohol and drug related sexual assault, false reports and interviewing victims.
8:00-8:30 Administrative details
8:30-10:15 Sexual Assault; Naming the Unnamed Conspirator
10:30-12:00 First Impressions and False Reports
1:15-2:45 Sex Offenders; Who They Are and How They Operate
3:00-4:30 Understanding Trauma and Successful Victim Interviews
8:00-8:15 Administrative details
8:15-9:15 Victim Interviewing Practical Exercise
9:45-11:00 Intimate Partner Rape: Sexual Assault in the
Context of Domestic Violence
11:00-12:00 Tennessee Law Overview
1:15-2:15 Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault
2:15-2:45 Meeting the Consent Defense; Winning Investigation and Prosecution Strategies
2:45-4:15 Practical Ways to Improve the Sexual Assault Case
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