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Leaning In: Historical Trauma and Cultural Responsiveness in Victim Assistance Services and Programming

Date: November 15, 2023Length: 1.5 hours

Summary:

Learning about the key differences in cultural competency, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness and the complexities of historical trauma among traditionally underserved members of communities impacted by crime is a critical factor in delivering trauma-informed services to victims and survivors of crime. This webinar discusses communicating the importance of cultural responsiveness and how to incorporate these concepts into practice for service delivery and program development to significantly enhance the services and support provided to victims of crime.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between cultural competency, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness.
  • List two strategies to incorporate cultural responsiveness in agency practices.

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Psychological First Aid and Victim Assistance

Date: July 26, 2022Length: 1.5 hours

Summary:

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed intervention for supporting people experiencing stress at any level to help reduce distress and foster adaptive coping strategies. PFA was designed initially to support people in the immediate aftermath of disasters, but its use expanded from the initial intent with the growing recognition of the benefits of PFA support in a range of stressful situations, from daily stressors to traumatic incidents. The approach is based on the understanding that people have predictable reactions to stress and that trauma is on the extreme end of the stress continuum. Most people will exhibit resiliency when stressed—this can be fostered and increased with information about early reactions to stress, encouragement to use existing coping skills, and providing a caring and compassionate presence. This webinar introduces the basic concepts of PFA that participants can use to support the recovery of crime victims and others impacted by trauma.

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Appreciative Inquiry: Fostering Individual and Organization Change

Date: June 27, 2022Length: 1 hour

Summary:

We often look at what isn’t working within ourselves and within our organizations. Appreciative Inquiry takes an alternative approach and looks at what IS working. It is a theory-based change process that searches for the best in people and their organizations. It is a positive and strength-based approach that builds on our strengths, successes, and best practices to build resilient individuals and strong organizations. In this webinar, we’ll learn what Appreciative Inquiry is, the Appreciative Inquiry process, and how you can apply it in the victim services field on both the individual level to build resilience and the organizational level for positive change.

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Logic Models for Victim Service Programs: The Link Between Program Outcomes and Program Sustainability

Date: March 24, 2022Length: 1.25 hours

Summary:

During this training, participants learn how the use of a logic model is an essential component of victim services program evaluation and planning. Information and discussion on the relationship between resources, activities, and outcomes will help prepare participants to consider the range and types of program outcomes to track. These outcomes have valuable practical use beyond reporting and can be used to support program communications, fundraising, and grant applications.

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The Intersection of Trauma Informed Victim Assistance & Community Violence Intervention

Date: February 25, 2022Length: 1.5 hours

Summary:

This presentation increases understanding of the effects of trauma on victims of violence, discusses best practices for providing trauma-informed services and assistance and identifies how this approach should be an integral part of broader community violence intervention efforts.

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Planning for Sustainability, Diversifying Funding, and Writing Complex Grants - Part 2

Date: January 19, 2022Length: 2 hours

Summary:

Victim serving organizations often struggle with fluctuating funding sources and levels of support. The second session in this series explores the essential ingredients of complex grant applications: compelling statements of need, detailed budget justifications aligned with project goals and objectives, and quality outcome measures. Implementing these plans and using these tools will improve the odds of success in finding strategic and sustainable funding.

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Planning for Sustainability, Diversifying Funding, and Writing Complex Grants - Part 1

Date: January 12, 2022Length: 2 hours

Summary:

Victim serving organizations often struggle with fluctuating funding sources and levels of support. The first session in this series explores two critical domains of sustainability planning—effective resource and partnership development—and helps participants apply strategies that build strong support for their programs, potentially leading to new funding opportunities. Participants create a diversified funding plan framework, which includes new approaches for expanding a potential donor/funder pool.

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Practical Strategies for Self-Care

Date: December 13, 2021Length: 1.5 hours

Summary:

Developing an intentional and consistent self-care practice is critical to help minimize the impact of work-related trauma exposure and maintain healthy resilience, but it is not a “one size fits all” concept. While traditional self-care activities, such as massages or yoga practices, can be valuable parts of a self-care toolbox, this webinar explores why it’s critical to recognize the importance of other factors, including setting healthy boundaries and accessing support as an integral part of a holistic approach to self-care.

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Representation Matters: Using Trauma-Informed Language and Imagery in Victim Services

Date: November 18, 2021Length: 1.25 hours

Summary:

The principles of trauma-informed care provide a framework for our work in both victim services and allied professions. These principles guide our interactions with victims and survivors, and inform programming, policies and procedures in victim service organizations. This webinar reviews the ways the core principles of trauma-informed care can be applied to the use of language and images/visuals in direct services, within the organization, and in training and outreach materials.

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