The Resource Sharing Project and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The Resource Sharing Project and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center are providing a unique training to enhance sexual assault services exclusively for OVW Rural Grantees. This national meeting will discuss all aspects of providing innovative services to rural sexual assault survivors. At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
Describe the continuum of sexual violence and the ways different types of sexual violence affect survivors
Identify and discuss the policies and procedures an agency needs to serve sexual assault survivors
Assess individual readiness to serve sexual assault survivors and identify strengths
Write an individual or organizational action plan to improve the agency's response to sexual violence
Bring an action plan back to their home communities to share
Event Abstract: This full-day training will provide corrections staff with the tools and information to develop and implement successful inmate education programs that are compliant with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.Event Description:The training will provide an overview of different inmate education program formats and implementation methods. The training will also address the importance of inmate education programs in maintaining safe facilities, and the impact of institutional culture on such programs. By the end of the training, participants will have gained the necessary skills to establish inmate education programs and develop curricula that meet or exceed the requirements of the PREA standards.The training will feature dynamic group exercises, expert panels, survivor testimonies, and interactive discussions to encourage the sharing of expertise and strategies. Attendees will also break into small groups based on the type of facility in which they work to discuss issues that are specific to their detention setting.A training focused on victim services will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the same location. Participants are encouraged to attend both. For more information click here.Eligibility Requirements:Applicants may apply for this training individually, but are encouraged to apply as part of a team of two or more per agency.Applicant agencies can be from state departments of corrections, jails, juvenile agencies, community corrections agencies, or lock-ups. Agencies can represent federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as Tribal authorities.Suggested attendees include: PREA coordinators, incarcerated victim service coordinators, prosecutors, lead investigators, medical and mental health staff, and correctional trainers.Each applicant from a facility will need to complete an application.Supplemental Materials:Please submit the following supplemental materials with your application:
An organizational chart of your agency
Any agency policies pertaining to inmate education as it relates to PREA, including the rights of inmates to be free from sexual violence, the agency’s PREA policies, and how to report incidents of sexual abuse.
A PREA standards self-assessment (if your agency has completed one)
An agency PREA standards implementation plan (if your agency has completed one)
Registration Deadline: Jan 18th, 2013 by 5pm EST Notification of Acceptance:There is space for approximately 75 individuals to attend this training. JDI will review all applications and notify applicants of their acceptance to attend by January 22, 2013. At that time, you will receive information regarding logistics.Cost Disclaimer:This training will be hosted by JDI, and funded through a grant to the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). While the training itself is free, each participant is responsible for 100% of his/her own expenses (travel, accommodations, meals, and incidentals); no portion of any expenses will be paid for or reimbursed by JDI, PRC or BJA.Lodging Information:JDI has arranged for free lodging at the CDCR Training Center in Galt, CA. Rooms are double occupancy with private bathrooms. Additionally, a block of rooms has been reserved for participants at a nearby Comfort Inn for the government rate of $75, plus tax. Additional lodging details will be provided to applicants on January 22. For questions, please contact Nicole de la Torre at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 506-3333.
This event is an event in which specific San Francisco restaurants, by eating in them on June 4th, will donate up to 25% to 40% of their proceeds directly to SFWAR. All of the funds raised from both of these events will go back into SFWAR's free services.
Effective Counseling for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Tiombe Preston, MS, MFT
This presentation is designed to explore counseling strategies for working with survivors of sexual violence. The presenter will examine ways of working more effectively with this population in multiple settings. The workshop will help crisis counselors, case managers, and clinicians enhance their skills in addressing the needs of survivors of sexual violence. The presentation will encourage exploration of the myths and stigma often associated with sexual violence and how to successfully address this with survivors. The workshop will promote understanding of the ways in which experiencing sexual violence intersects with trauma (PTSD) and mental health concerns. The presentation will include examples of the presenter’s experiences in creating and facilitating direct services for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones in various social service settings. The presenter will help service providers examine important issues in working with survivors including gender, boundaries, survivors with psychiatric disabilities, and building support for the survivor. Examples of the presenter’s work in training first responders including medical personnel, law enforcement, counselors, social workers, and advocates will give ideas for implementation of the counseling strategies in individual and group counseling. Interactive exercises will help participants learn strategies to aid survivors of sexual violence in healing from partner rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual assault. This presentation will help participants look at these crimes in a social framework that is inclusive of the diverse identities of the survivors they serve. The presentation has relevance for first responders, crisis counselors and experienced therapists who work with or train and supervise those who work with survivors of sexual violence. Material will be presented to encourage participants’ ability to incorporate the techniques presented into their everyday work, and agency training.
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