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  Summer 2014 Institute Training Schedule


Thursday, July 24, 2014  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Life after Trauma: Helping Our Clients to Heal

Robbin Loonan, MA, DVS, LPC

This workshop is designed for professionals seeking to better understand PTSD and the effects of psychological trauma on our clients, as well as how to help them to heal.  We will explore the best practices in trauma treatment, focusing on creative interventions such as art and play therapy, journaling, relaxation, and guided imagery. Teaching methods include dyadic and discussion, video clips, and experiential activities.

5 DVS Credits: Intervention   

$15 Program Staff    $50 Non-Program Staff

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August 6, 2014   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

History & Social Policies behind Child Custody Laws

Leslie Malkin, B.A., J.D.

The idea of one parent getting custody over another is a thoroughly modern concept. Throughout history, fathers always had possession of their children and mothers had NO rights. It’s only been in the last 100 years that society even considered a mother having lawful custody of her children and addressed the “best interests of the child.” What are the origins of “fathers’ rights”, why did mothers begin to get custody, and where do custody laws stand today? What do federal laws say regarding custody? How do domestic violence, mental health, disabilities, substance abuse, and other social issues factor into custody decisions? This training will take a whirlwind tour through ancient law on possession and protection of children, delve in the Middles Ages and early colonial history, and end up in current America.

5 DVS Credits: Gender issues and Empowerment   

$15 Program Staff    $50 Non-Program Staff

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August 13, 2014   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hidden Hurt: Male Survivors of Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

Robbin Loonan, MA, DVS, LPC

Male survivors face some unique challenges including feeling excluded from valuable support services and the survivor community at large.  The research indicates men are less likely to identify abuse, to report abuse, and to reach out for help than their female counterparts. This workshop will provide a greater understanding of male victims and survivors and the unique challenges they face. We will explore assessment and treatment practices as well as how to provide effective outreach to this community.

5 DVS Credits: Diversity  

$15 Program Staff    $50 Non-Program Staff

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Until further notice, we are unable to process online payments for training registration at this time.  Please use the Click here for registration form links below training descriptions for your registration.  Thank you!



Available Training from Partner Organizations


40 Hour Volunteer Training Schedule


   Rutgers Continuing Education Courses Including the Violence Against Women Certificate Program     



                          Announcing the

                         Bridging the Gap

                       Webinar Series

A Webinar Series on 

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Against  People with Disabilities and Deaf Individuals

The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice is pleased to announce the Bridging the Gap Webinar Series, a webinar series on sexual assault and domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. 
The Bridging the Gap Webinar Series will explore emerging and enduring issues at the intersection of violence and disability; highlight promising practices for serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors; and foster a network of support to end violence against people with disabilities. 
This webinar series is designed for practitioners and policymakers interested in addressing sexual and domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. This webinar series is open to any recipient of U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women funding, their subcontractors and partners, as well as organizations interested in becoming a recipient. 
Each webinar in this series is FREE, but does require registration for each individual webinar. If you have additional questions, you may email us at cvs@vera.org, or call us at 212.376.3096.
Upcoming Bridging the Gap Webinars


Safety Planning for Survivors with Disabilities

Angie Blumel, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

Lisa Fleming, Rose Brooks Center

August 26, 2014

2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

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 **Registration Closes on Tuesday, August 19, 2014**


Assessing Your Organization for Physical Access and Safety

Center for Victimization and Safety Staff

September 23, 2014

2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

Register Now **Registration Closed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014** 


   All Webinars in this series are closed captioned. 



National Institute of Justice: Strengthen Science. Advance Justice.

Learning About Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

The workshop will include lectures on the investigation and prosecution of DFSA cases, alcohol and memory, and various drugs used to facilitate sexual assault. Participants who attend on location will also evaluate mock case scenarios in small groups and be offered a tour of the DC Medical Examiner facilities. Accent credit will be available to interested participants.

Register before August 4, 2014, to participate in person.

Virtual attendance is supported by NIJ's Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence.

Register to participate online right up to the start of the event.


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The Experience of Hearing Distressing Voices

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Union County Office,

2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206/208, Union, New Jersey 07083


CRC Credits Pending


Designed for mental health providers and anyone who would like to better understand the experience of hearing distressing voices, the goal of the Hearing Distressing Voices workshop is to enhance participants' empathy and understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by people with psychiatric disabilities.*


The workshop was developed by Patricia Deegan, PhD, a leading activist in the consumer rights movement, who has experienced voices since she was a child.  Her motivation for developing this workshop stemmed from her experiences within the mental health system.  


The workshop consists of a simulated experience of what it may be like for individuals who hear voices.  Participants listen to a CD using headphones while engaging in different activities, followed by a discussion of the experience.  In addition, members of the community who have been, or still are, currently hearing voices will share their experiences.


Learning Objectives:

  • Experience what it is like to hear distressing voices
  • Enhance empathy and understanding of the challenges facing consumers
  • Implications of vocational planning with consumers

This training will be provided by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey's CCERI staff.   

* This workshop is not recommended for people who experience auditory 


Click here to register by August 10, 2014.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Career Connection Employment Resource Institute expands employment opportunities for persons with mental illness by creating system change through the promotion of best practices. We offer training for providers, consumers, family members and employers as well as technical assistance for mental health providers. We also collaborate with other community organizations.


This program is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


If you have any questions please contact

Ruth Kaluski at 973-571-4100, ext. 136 or rkaluski@mhanj.org






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Legal Assistance for Crime Victims
 An OVC Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Webinar Series



Through the "Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: An OVC Training and Technical Assistance Initiative," OVC is working to expand the availability of pro bono and no-cost legal assistance for victims of crime nationally. Part of that effort includes support for a series of free Webinar trainings on victims' rights issues developed and delivered by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in collaboration with the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC).

To register for an upcoming Webinar or to learn more, check the following list for the topics that interest you. 





Title: Lessons From the Field: Pro Bono Spotlights
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Sarah LeClair, J.D.

Victims' rights is an emerging field of law. Few lawyers are full-time victims' rights lawyers; often victims must rely on pro bono or no cost attorneys to advance their rights. Wonderfully, when NCVLI reaches out, attorneys rise to the challenge. This session will highlight two attorneys who have taken a pro bono or low cost case for a victim. The attorneys will teach others what they did, how they did it, and what they would do differently! This turns the network of attorneys into colleagues and co-trainers.

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Title: Analyzing the Latest Interventions in the Response to Military Sexual Assault 
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Rebecca Khalil, J.D.

Sexual assault in the military is an issue that has drawn national attention. Many interventions to prevent and respond to this epidemic have taken place. This training will look at the evolution of victim services and rights in the military, focusing in large part on the emerging role of Special Victim Counsel. The trainer will discuss the legal landscape following the landmark decision of LRM v. Kastenberg and implementation of the latest NDAA.

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Title: Incapacitated and Deceased Victims Have Rights, Too; But What are They?
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Amy Liu, J.D.

This training will discuss the unique challenges that arise in the context of incapacitated or deceased victims (whether they are deceased from the crime itself or otherwise). Among the topics to be covered: the use of in-life photos during trial and victim impact; model rights directives which are critical for loved ones to be able to exercise the victims' rights; survival of privileges; restitution; and more.

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Title: Representing Victims Who Don't Fit Society's "Mold" 
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Sarah LeClair, J.D.

The justice systems are predominately designed for able-bodied victims who speak English. Securing access to justice for victims with disabilities whether they have impaired vision or hearing, high anxiety, use a wheelchair, or for persons who have English as a second language can be challenging. This session will include a panel of lawyers who can provide practice tips for securing access to justice.

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Title: Year in Review: Top Victims' Rights Cases from the Past 12 Months
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D.

This training will identify notable victims' rights cases from 2014. The speaker will provide an overview of the facts, holdings, and implications of these cases and identify strategies for responding to the new legal landscape created by the cases. Reflecting on these cases, Ms. Garvin will identify and discuss emerging legal issues that attorneys and advocates need to be aware of in order to be the best advocates they can be for victims.

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OVC shares your mission and has a wide range of resources to help you accomplish it. Visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service online at www.ncjrs.gov to register for services or to find out more.











How Trauma-Informed is Your Organization? Assessing and Improving Organizational Performance

Date & Time
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 pm


  • Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, Director of Training, National Center on Family Homelessness
  • Victoria Bifano, Vice President of Human Resources, New England Center for Homeless Veterans
  • Kristine DiNardo, Vice President of Clinical Services, New England Center for Homeless Veterans
  • Dale Proulx, Clinical Manager, Veterans Inc.
  • Katie Doherty, Director of Training and Education/Consultant Women's Program, Soldier On


  • Josie Alleman, Strategic Initiatives Consultant, Social Solutions

Hear Kathleen Guarino translate trauma-informed care into tangible, concrete components organizations can incorporate as they strive to adopt a trauma-informed approach and improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adults and families.  Taking people’s experiences of trauma into account in service delivery, and creating the physical, psychological and emotional safety required to give them the opportunity to rebuild a sense of control and improve their lives, is an important but extensive process.

In this webinar, we review the Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment, featured on PerformWell, as one way to assess current performance and lay a foundation for improvement over time. Practitioners who have used the version designed for women veterans will describe their organizations’ approaches to transforming practices, policies and organizational culture, including successes and lessons learned. The speakers will discuss the benefits of becoming trauma-informed, how to use this curriculum to create change, next steps, and resources required.  A substantial amount of time will be dedicated to answering questions from the audience.

This event is appropriate for organizations working with populations – children, adults or families – that have experienced trauma in substantial numbers. The self-assessment featured was initially developed for agencies in the field of homelessness, but has been adapted for use with women veterans and displaced families and may be used by organizations in other fields. 

https://cc.readytalk.com/r/mdbp1pcancs&eom(Please copy and paste this web address into your browser if a new page doesn't launch properly when you click on the registration link.)

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