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Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training

1.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for this training.

With a focus on crisis intervention rather than long-term counseling, this 2-day training will deepen your understanding of sexual assault and the major roles of an advocate/counselor. This training is designed primarily for sexual assault advocates/counselors who are volunteers or staff at rape crisis centers. Others who may benefit include nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and professional counselors who do not have specific sexual assault training. Through case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will build the basic skills necessary to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors effectively and sensitively. Specifically, you will:

  • Define your role in relation to others working as part of a sexual assault response team.
  • Learn how to respond to a crisis call reporting recent sexual assault.
  • Develop a "toolkit" of crisis intervention techniques to support recovery from sexual assault.
  • Formulate a personalized self-care plan to prevent burnout.

Active participation in each of the following training modules will help you accomplish these specific learning objectives:

  • What Is Sexual Assault Advocacy/Counseling?
    • Describe the composition of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
    • Identify the major roles of an advocate.
    • Make appropriate decisions based on state reporting laws.
    • Describe personal issues that might impact your ability to be effective advocates.
  • Realities of Sexual Assault
    • Correctly answer at least two questions about the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault in the United States.
    • Identify at least one factor contributing to underreporting of rape.
    • List at least two myths and two facts about rape.
  • Impact of Sexual Assault
    • Assess the physical and psychological impact of sexual assault.
    • Describe the potential impact of rape on people with a range of particular characteristics.
  • Procedures in Common Advocacy Situations
    • Respond appropriately to a caller on a crisis line who is reporting a recent sexual assault.
    • Identify correct procedures during a medical-evidentiary exam.
    • Create a list of “dos and don’ts” for law enforcement statement accompaniment and courtroom accompaniment.
    • Differentiate the roles of advocates, SANEs, and other SART members.
    • Identify special procedures and “red flags” for dealing with drug-facilitated sexual assault.
  • Recovery Education and Skills Training
    • Use crisis intervention, education, and supportive counseling skills to assist sexual assault victims.
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care
    • Identify actions and behaviors that violate healthy boundaries.
    • Develop a personalized self-care plan to prevent compassion fatigue.
  • Wrap-Up and Evaluation
    • Design a personalized checklist to assist you during your advocacy work.