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Issue 24: Upcoming Trainings

Message from our Executive Director
Please mark your calendar
Sexual Assault Advocacy Training - a series of 10 Zoom Seminars

Co-Sponsors:
MS Valley State University Department of Social Work
MS Delta Health Alliance: D.A.R.T. - Domestic Abuse Response Team
MSCASA-Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
SART-Sexual Assault Response Teams
Sincerely,
Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport
Executive Director
Our House, Inc.
662-336-1129 (mobile)
Sexual Assault 40-hour Advocacy Training
10 Seminars via Zoom
Each seminar is approved for
4 Social Work CEUs
by
Mississippi Valley State University, Department of Social Work

Training is FREE.
There is a SMALL FEE for SW-CEUs
($40 for each seminar)
The following CEUs can be earned by completing the ENTIRE SERIES: 40 hours in total
Mandatory Reporting Hours: 2
Culturally Specific Hours: 6
Ethics Hours: 4
General Hours: 28
(Note: Each seminar is independent of the other seminars)
Training Times for all Seminars
(Central Time)

8:45 am to 9:00 am (Registration)

9:00 am to 11:00 am
(Session 1)

11:00 am to 11:15 am
(Break)

11:15 am to 1:15 pm
(Session 2)

1:15 pm. to 1:30 pm (Evaluation)

EVALUATION




Evaluation Tools
  •  Post Test
  •  Attitude Scale
  •  Direct Observation of Skill Performance

Evaluation Category
  •  Learner Satisfaction
  •  Knowledge
  •  Skill and Attitude Change
 
Seminar 101:
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Session 1: Core Sexual Assault Services &
the Effects and Impact of Sexual Assault

Objectives:
  1. To define sexual assault and explain its history.
  2. To discuss five (5) core services and three (3) enhanced Sexual Assault Services, to include goals and activities.
  3. To explore the effects of sexual assault and the impact it has on its victims.
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this track, the participants' knowledge regarding the rape culture and its effects on the survivor will be enhanced. Participants will also learn how to help survivors manage their traumatic experience(s), with the right help.

Presenters:
  • Mrs. Dilworth Ricks, Culturally Specific Victim Service Advocate, Our House, Inc.
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director, Our House, Inc.
(2 General CEUs)

Session 2: Mandatory Reporting

Objectives:
  1. To define mandatory reporting
  2. To explain the aspects of mandatory reporting
  3. To discuss accountability relative to mandatory reporting
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this training, participants will have a general knowledge of mandatory reporting and how it relates to them in their profession to help and serve others.

Presenter:
  • Dr. Aretha Hargrove-Edwards, Ed.D., LPC-S, ACS, NCC, NCSC, School Counselor (Retired), Premier Counseling Services, LLC, Owner/Licensed Professional Counselor
(2 Mandatory Reporting CEUs)
Seminar 102:
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Session 1: What is the Role of Advocate & Safety Planning

Objectives:
  1. To define the role of a sexual assault advocate
  2. To outline/discuss the importance of safety planning with survivors of interpersonal abuse
  3. To describe the need for advocates to help empower victims to make life choices
Learning outcomes
  • At the end of this track, the participants will learn the responsibilities of an advocate and why creating a safety plan with the survivor should be one of their first steps to having a violence free life.

Presenters:
  • Ms. Doris Lee, Victim Service Specialist, Our House, Inc.
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director, Our House, Inc.
(2 General CEUs)

Session 2: Crisis Intervention through Helplines

Objectives:
  • To define and discuss crisis intervention
  • To discuss/demonstrate 8 active listening techniques when handling crisis calls
  • To discuss hotline intervention, expressing empathy and affirmation, setting boundaries and responding to crisis calls
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this track, the participants’ ability to respond to various victims via advocacy, accompaniment and the helpline will be heightened.

Presenters:
  • Mrs. Felecia Thomas, Healthy Relationship Director, Our House, Inc.
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director, Our House, Inc.
(2 General CEUs)
Seminar 103:
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Session 1: Information & Referral Advocacy

Objectives:
  1. To explain the importance of providing information and referrals.
  2. To discuss thirteen (13) guidelines to follow when preparing victims for a referral.
  3. To discuss ten (10) responsibilities for those advocating for victims.
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this track, the participants will be equipped with effective tools to utilize during the information and referral phase of their work.

Presenters:
  • Mrs. Dilworth Ricks, Culturally Specific Victim Service Advocate, Our House, Inc.
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director, Our House, Inc.
(2 General CEUs)

Session 2: Ethics for Sexual Assault Advocates

Objectives:
  1. To learn what ethics have to do with sexual assault and advocacy
  2. To learn what happens when what we are advocating for is not covered within the law or ethical guidelines
  3. To discuss basic ethical situations that come up unexpectedly
Learning outcomes:
  • Participants will learn that each agency/individual working with victims of sexual assault needs to develop and maintain an ethical mission and tools in serving survivors.

Presenters:
  • Mrs. Cassandra Rule, MSW, LSW, Program Manager of Domestic Assault Response Team (DART), Delta Health Alliance
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director of Our House, Inc.
  • (Part of training will be utilizing the youtube video by: Texas Association Against Sexual Assault-Ethics 101 for Sexual Assault Advocate)
(2 Ethics CEUs)
Seminar 104
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Session 1 & 2: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam
(A break will be provided)

Objectives:
  1. Define and Discuss the Sexual Assault Rape Kit
  2. Review the Sexual Assault Exam
  3. Explore 21 steps to a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this training, participants will have a better understanding of the process in implementation of a rape exam. Participants will be able to identify the contents of a rape kit. Participants will gain increased knowledge about the sexual assault exam for the purpose of lessening the trauma a client may experience as a result of having to have a sexual assault exam. Participants will learn detailed steps to completing a sexual assault forensic exam.

Presenter:
  • Ms. Shalotta Sharp, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Special Projects Coordinator, MSCASA - Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
(4 General CEUs)
Seminar 105
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Session 1: Prevention and Outreach Strategies

Objectives:
  1. To discuss the goal of sexual violence prevention including bystander intervention
  2. To discuss outreach strategies for sexual assault advocates
  3. To discuss the coordination of service systems
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this training, participants will have explored prevention education, community awareness and outreach strategies to help prevent sexual violence.

Presenter:
  • Mrs. Felecia Thomas, Healthy Relationship Director, Our House, Inc.

(2 General CEUs)

Session 2: Sexual Assault Definitions and Sexual Assault Therapeutic Role Playing

Objectives:
  1. Describe and discuss the terms and definitions describe the many categories of sexual assault.
  2. Review the history of sexual assault crimes
  3. Discuss how to best use visual and group discussions to interact sample case summaries.
Learning outcomes:
  • The participants will learn the effects of sexual assault and the impact it can have on its victims. The participants will also be provided with a sexual assault power and control wheel to maintain for future contacts with survivors.

Presenters:
  • Mrs. Cassandra Rule, MSW, LSW, Program Manager of Domestic Assault Response Team (DART), Delta Health Alliance
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director, Our House, Inc.
(2 General CEUs)
Seminar 106
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020

Session 1: Cultural Competence

Objectives:
  1. To discuss 21 working cultural competence definitions
  2. To discuss the importance of understanding cultural competence when working with victims
  3. To review advocates roles as cultural leaders in their communities
Learning outcomes:
  • The participants will learn that the social and cultural understanding of a client's background can be a major part of healing.

Presenter:
  • Traci J. Antoine, Director of OVW Domestic/Sexual Violence Project with Urban League of Eastern, Massachusetts
(2 Cultural Diversity CEUs)
Session 2: Viewing Sexual and Domestic Violence
Through the Lenses and Perspectives of LGBTQ+

Objectives:

  1. Explore the particularities of LGBTQ persons, in general, and African American and people of color in specific, through research, statistics, and story-telling.
  2. Through testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism, research and culturally specific work, we will explore how sexual violence as well as domestic violence impact LGBTQ persons.
  3. Through the lens of trauma informed resources, we will offer suggestions to the faith community on how they can provide care as well as safe spaces to LGBTQ persons.
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this training, the participants will be able to understand culturally the special steps in the recovery process for relationships.

Presenter:
  • Rev. Sharon Ellis Davis, M.Div., D.Min., PhD, Affiliate Professor, McCormick Theological Seminary, Faculty Mentor, United Theological Seminary, Faith Trust Institute Trainer, Pastor Emeritus - UCC, Chicago Police Department,31 years, Serologist and Expert Witness, Survivor of Domestic Violence and published author: “Battered African American women: A Study of Gender Entrapment”)
(2 Cultural Diversity CEUs)

Seminar 107
Thursday, Oct 8, 2020

Session 1: Domestic Violence Victims' Trauma: Five Stages of Healing

Objectives:
  1. Discuss what healing is and what it includes.
  2. Discuss how understanding the dynamics of healing can reduce isolation for victims
  3. Demonstrate how the stages of healing could be integrated in working with battered women in recovery programs.
Learning outcomes:
  • Crisis is a state that initiates a turning point in the lives of victims; therefore, it is important for social workers and other professionals to know how victims survive and understand the emotional stages they go through to assist them to recover from dramatic life changes. At the end of this track, the participants will understand the significance of including healing as an important goal in the process for recovery of their clients.

Presenter:
  • Dr. Oliver Williams, Professor of School of Social Work, University of Minnesota
(2 General CEUs)

Session 2: Sexual Assault Victims' Trauma

Objectives:
  1. To discuss the six (6) Guiding Principles of Trauma Informed Care
  2. To provide four (4) essential elements that are conducive to any healing environment for victims.
  3. To help the victim identify with their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and what they can do to manage them through at least six (6) techniques/outreach services.
Learning outcomes:
  • The participants will learn the basic tools for helping victims to understand the connection between their thoughts and feelings and how thoughts and feelings influence their behavior of the client.

Presenter:
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, L.S.W., Executive Director of Our House, Inc.
(2 General CEUs)
Seminar 108
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020


Session 1: Ethics When Working with Victims of Trauma

Objectives:
  • To discuss confidentiality in small rural communities
  • To discuss personal bias as it relates to cultural and social impact on victims
  • To be able to define the ethical dilemma when working with friends, family and community leaders
Learning outcomes:
  • The participants will learn ways to exclude their own beliefs when working with victims and their extended family members when assisting in the healing process

Presenter:
  • Mrs. Sheryl W. Cross, L.S.W., Executive Director, True Yokefellow Laborers, Brandon, MS
(2 Ethics CEUs)

Session 2: Vicarious Trauma

Objectives:
  1. To define Vicarious Trauma verses Burnout
  2. To provide signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
  3. To provide tools to reduce Vicarious Trauma
Learning outcomes:
  • The participants will learn that Vicarious traumatization (VT) is a transformation in the self of a trauma worker or advocate that results from empathic engagement with traumatized clients and their reports of traumatic experiences.

Presenters:
  • Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, LWS, Executive Director of Our House, Inc.
  • Mrs. Cassandra Rule, MSW, LSW, Program Manager of Domestic Assault Response Team (DART), Delta Health Alliance
(2-General CEUs)

Seminar 109
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

 Session 1: A Faithful Response to Sexual Violence in the #MeToo Era


Objectives:
  1. Provide an overview of the women’s movements which emboldened women to have a public voice through #MeToo and action/oriented response
  2. Collectively explore resources as well as roadblocks that can enable or disable the faith community’s movement towards a faithful Response to Sexual Violence for women survivors of sexual violence (SV).
  3. Through Statistical Data, Research and Story Telling, provide a Theological, Ethical and Moral Framework toward developing a Trauma informed Faithful Response to Sexual Violence.
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this track, participants will be able to provide an informal framework of culture differences when working with PTSD clients of sexual assault.

Presenter:
  • Rev. Sharon Ellis Davis, M.Div., D.Min., PhD, Affiliate Professor, McCormick Theological Seminary, Faculty Mentor, United Theological Seminary, Faith Trust Institute Trainer, Pastor Emeritus - UCC, (Chicago Police Department, 31 years, Serologist and Expert Witness, Survivor of Domestic Violence and published author: “Battered African American women: A Study of Gender Entrapment”)
(2 General CEUs)


Session 2: The Validity of Intergenerational Sexual Trauma in Black Families

Objectives:

  1. To observe how historical Institution of racism from Slavery is systematically imposed upon Black/ African-American Women DV/SA survivors.
  2. To examine the commonalties between the Holocaust offspring’s, and Combat Veterans 3rd and 4th of descendants share similar symptomologies PTSD as African-Americans who experience intergenerational trauma in the US.
  3. To discuss the importance for more research and training for Clinicians assessing Black/African-American women in DV/SA cases who are also descendants of intergenerational trauma and PTSD. 
Learning outcomes:
  • Participants will gain more awareness of how the historical effects of Slavery are still enforced among African-American DV/SA victim Survivors when seeking help.
  • Participants will become more knowledgeable about how Black/African American Women Victims are often misdiagnosed by non-minority therapist microaggressions.
  • Participants will learn importance of advocating for cultural competence training for providers working with Black/African-American women of color.

Presenter:
  • Dr. Adrienne Casteele, MA, LMFTA, HOPE: Executive Director, Tacoma, WA 98405, (Master – Psych, Marriage and Family Therapist)
(2 Cultural Diversity CEUs)
Seminar 110:
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020

Session 1: Victims’ Rights

Objectives:
  1. Discuss the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Rights Bill of Rights
  2. Review the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Application
  3. Explore the Crime Victim Compensation Program Financial Assistance and General Eligibility Requirements
Learning outcomes:
  • At the end of this training, participants will be able to inform all victims of their rights, procedures to follow when exercising their rights and any assistance the victim may be eligible to receive.

Presenters:
  • Ms. Nakia McLaurin, Mississippi Attorney General Office
  • Ms. Lachelle Clemons, Mississippi Attorney General Office
(2 General CEUs)

Session 2: Legal Review of Victim's Laws

Objectives:
  1. Discuss the Laws Related to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  2. Discuss the New Confidentiality Law Pertaining to Advocates
  3. Discuss Protection Orders and Emergency Legal Services
Learning outcomes:
  • Participants will learn the law that protects advocates from disclosing client's information. Participants will gain knowledge of current domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse laws.

Presenter:
  • Attorney Gail Thompson, NMRLS-North MS Rural Legal Services
(2 General CEUs)
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Our House, Inc.
New Birth to Violence Free Living

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 3956
Greenville, MS 38704

Email Address: ourhouse@ourhousenewbirth.com

Website: ourhousevoices.com

Office Phone: 662-334-6873
Crisis Helpline: 662-332-5683
Toll Free Helpline: 1-833-279-5683
We are proud to acknowledge that Our House, Inc. is the only fully culturally specific agency in the state of Mississippi that addresses domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and dating violence within the African American community.