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Advanced Trainer Institute, Train the Trainers To Enhance Their Presentation and Facilitation Skills
Requester/Organization Supported: Ohio Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Services
Type & Dates: In-Person, Capacity-Building Training | December 10–12, 2018
Description: The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) requested two consultants to deliver a 2.5-day training on advanced training skills in Columbus, Ohio. The Advanced Trainer Institute program trains professionals in victim services to enhance their presentation and facilitation skills.
Implementation: Two OVC Consultants worked with OCJS and its subgrantees, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, the Public Children Services Association, and the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, to tailor this training to meet the needs of the participants to improve their presentation skills. OCJS is the recipient of the Improving Outcomes for Juvenile Victims of Trafficking grant and, along with its subgrantees, has responsibility for delivering training to child welfare agencies and juvenile courts within Ohio. An OVC TTAC onsite coordinator from the Human Trafficking Team allowed OVC TTAC to share recommendations and insight on how standard catalog trainings can benefit other OVC Human Trafficking grantees. One consultant was experienced in delivering the Advanced Trainer Institute curriculum specifically, and the other provided expertise on incorporating elements of anti-trafficking information and standards in trainings for the participants.
Results: The training helped to improve the presentation and facilitation skills for subgrantees on human trafficking grants, who have responsibilities for delivering training to child welfare agencies and juvenile courts within Ohio. This training allowed participants to practice their presentation skills and get real-time feedback from the experts. The participants left with a better understanding of their own facilitation skills and where they could improve. The grantees and attendees changed their presentations to include more activities to engage the audience. All of the participants found the group discussions and activities to be the most engaging and helpful parts of the training.
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Riverside Superior Court Vicarious Trauma Program Development
Requester/Organization Supported: Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
Type & Dates: Remote/Virtual Training and Technical Assistance | March 1–September 15, 2018
Description: The Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, requested technical assistance on the development and implementation of an organizational-level vicarious trauma response program for courthouse personnel. The proposed technical assistance would help develop the court's infrastructure and capacity to promote a vicarious trauma-informed organizational culture.
Implementation: The consultant provided feedback on the training materials developed by the Court team, as well as coaching and guidance to the Court team during biweekly conference calls. The consultant discussed the evaluations and related emerging issues along the way. The consultant leveraged the requester's existing tools and processes (EAP, health care plans, etc.) and identified additional tools that would meet its needs. The consultant provided the team with the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit's Vicarious Trauma Organizational Readiness Guide, with guidance about adapting the information as needed for the staff. The consultant also shared multiple options, from online training to more targeted training for leadership. The consultant provided their initial assessment findings to the team in order to identify strengths and gaps and develop priorities and next steps for an action plan.
Results: The consultant's technical assistance helped the requester to address vicarious trauma and to focus efforts on delivering more than a one-time training session. The participants were committed to creating a comprehensive organizational approach to vicarious trauma within their large organization, with a specific focus on initiating and implementing a basic training as a first step. The Court team was very satisfied with the support received, along with the consultant's technical expertise and knowledge. The requester has a solid foundation to build upon going forward and can rely on OVC TTAC for further assistance.