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Creating Trauma-Informed Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy Services Workshop

September  24 & 25, 2015           Rapid City, SD

No Registration Fee! Nationally Known Facilitator! Register Early!

This workshop will help programs enhance their capacity to develop accessible, culturally relevant, trauma-informed domestic and sexual violence services and organizations. It brings a survivor –centered, human rights/social justice lens, with a cultural historical and community context. Emphasis is on understanding of trauma and its impact on domestic violence advocacy. The intention is to help advocates develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to respond more sensitively and effectively to survivors and their children experiencing mental health and substance abuse effects of domestic violence and other trauma. It’s designed to bring attention to the impact of trauma on advocates and to support the creation of welcoming, accessible services.

Topics include: Sharing an integrated framework, understanding trauma responses, sources of trauma, secondary trauma, transforming our responses, and creation of trauma –informed approaches to foster resilience, healing and well-being for survivors, advocates and our organizations.

Facilitator: Cathy Cave, Senior Training Consultant, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Cathy worked 30 years in human services, invested in the movement to shift mental health, substance abuse, first responder and other systems’ services to become trauma-informed. In the mid-1990s she coordinated New York State’s Annual Mastering the Key Connections Conferences; presenting state-of-the-art clinical training for trauma treatment and collaborative models for engaging survivors in healing approaches and systems change. She has partnered with domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health and peer run advocacy organizations to incorporate trauma- informed approaches in service delivery, training and supervision. She served 7 years as the Director for Cultural Competence at the New York State Office of Mental Health, addressing disparities elimination and inclusion of cultural considerations into services and supports. She brings her experiences with survival, leadership and organizational development to all that she does.

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