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Training for Advocates Working within a Child Advocacy Center

Sept. 21–23, 2016
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville, Ark.

About

First Witness Advocacy bridges the gap between individual advocacy with one victim and system-based advocacy that creates change for many victims. This is in contrast to more restrictive advocacy models that are based on delivering services identified by practitioners. Through hands-on practice, participants will learn how to put advocacy principles into action, including conducting a focus group to improve programming, changing organizations and systems and creating programs and interventions that meet victims’ needs. Participants will practice skills for effective crisis intervention and advocacy, problem solving and decision making around the toughest issues in advocacy work.

Participants will:

  • Understand the principles of social change advocacy and how to use them in their work
  • Understand how societal beliefs and values impact advocacy
  • Learn and practice crisis intervention and counseling
  • Explore controversial issues in advocacy such as confidentiality, boundaries and neutrality
  • Learn how to create system change and facilitate focus groups with families
  • Learn about how to build child and family resiliency in the face of abuse
  • Learn how to create an advocacy-based organization and a community of advocates
  • Understand the advocate role and how to work within a multi-disciplinary team structure
  • Meet 8 of the 9 NCA Victim Advocacy Training Requirements. The 9th standard is specific to your state

Intended Audience

  • Advocates working within a child advocacy center
  • Advocates working within sexual assault or domestic violence agencies who work with a child advocacy center
  • Directors or managers within child advocacy centers
  • Victim witness specialists
  • Any advocate working on behalf of survivors of physical and/or sexual violence and/or child abuse

Agenda

Day One: Creating the Foundation

TimeTitle
9 – 10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Society, Beliefs and the Impact of Advocacy (designed to meet NCA Dynamics of Abuse training requirement for advocates)
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:45 – 3 p.m. 6 Core Principles of Social Change Advocacy (designed to meet NCA Trauma Informed Services training requirement for advocates)
3 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 5 p.m. 6 Core Principles of Social Change Advocacy (continued)

Day Two: Support for Advocates

TimeTitle
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Thoughts From Yesterday
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Advocate Credibility (designed to meet NCA Coordinated Multi-disciplinary Response training requirement for advocates)
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Crisis Assessment and Intervention Skills Risk Assessment and Safety Planning (designed to meet NCA Crisis Assessment and Intervention Skills and Risk Assessment and Safety Planning training requirement for advocates)
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Crisis Assessment and Intervention Skills Risk Assessment and Safety Planning (continued)
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Boundries and Ethics as Applied to Advocates (designed to meet NCA Professional Ethics and Boundaries training requirement for advocates)
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 5 p.m. Using Prevention Messages In Individual Work With Families (designed to meet NCA Assessment and Safety Planning & Dynamics of Abuse training requirement for advocates)

Day Three: Creating Long Term Safety and System Change

TimeTitle
8 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Thoughts From the Last Two Days
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Active Advocacy: Providing Direct Support Through Court and Other Systems (designed to meet NCA Court Education, Support and Accompaniment & Assistance with Access to Treatment and Other Services training requirement for advocates)
9:45 – 10 a.m. Break
10 – 11:30 a.m. System Change (designed to meet NCA Coordinated Multi-disciplinary Response training requirement for advocates)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Trauma Informed Advocacy (designed to meet NCA Trauma Informed Services training requirement for advocates)
1:45 – 2 p.m. Boundries and Ethics as Applied to Advocates (designed to meet NCA Professional Ethics and Boundaries training requirement for advocates)
2 – 3 p.m. Trauma Informed Advocacy
3 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Activity/Evaluations

Registration

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  • $299 per registrant
  • Student Fee: $99 (must provide a valid student ID at registration)
  • If you need to pay by check or P.O. please contact Jen Reedy-Taylor (jkreedyt@gundersenhealth.org or (608) 775-4897) to register. Please indicate if you're using a promotional code. Online registration will only accept payment via credit card.
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Cancellation policy
We offer a refund minus a $75 administrative fee for each cancelled registration. We do not offer refunds if you fail to notify us prior to the conference you can't attend. All cancellations must be made 72 business hours prior to the start of the training. Transfers: Registrations can be transferred to a different conference location for a $25 administrative fee.

Disclaimer
Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC) reserves the right to cancel or postpone this seminar if minimum registration requirements are not met or as a result of Force Majeure. GNCPTC will make all attempts to notify registrants of cancellation or postponement at the earliest opportunity. GNCPTC is not responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation or postponement, including but not limited to airfares and hotels.

Accomodations

Recommended Lodging
Hampton Inn Bentonville/Rogers
4501 W. Walnut Street
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 986-0500
$89.00/night

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