TRAININGFree Training Opportunities: Four 90-Minute Workshops for Child Advocacy

The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs is conducting a series of online trainings with national trainers from Zero Abuse Project. These online trainings will be held on 11/19, 11/20, 12/3, and 12/8/2020 and will include: Victim Empowerment (11/19 from 1:30 – 3pm), Forensic Interviewing Trafficking/CSEC Victims (11/20 from 12:30 – 2pm), Post-Trial Advocacy (12/3 from 12:30 – 2pm), and Increasing Resilience in Children (12/8 from 9:30 – 11am). Please register for any or all at the link below.

These FREE trainings are designed for NM Children’s Advocacy Center staff and partners. Training sessions will be conducted live. Registrants will be provided login details prior to the training dates.

»Register HERE for any or all of these workshops!

Summary of Trainings:

Thursday 11/19/20 from 1:30 – 3pm
Presenter: Jane Straub, Zero Abuse Project
From Surviving to Thriving: Victim Empowerment
This presentation will discuss ways to engage survivors in your work or agency. Creating a variety of opportunities for survivors to “speak and tell” is vital for engagement. In addition to traditional support groups, demonstrating the potential of healing and hope through stories can lead to empowerment through finding their voice. Other methods of connection and support can occur in safe environments where survivors are learning new skills such as yoga, meditation, breathing, and using creative arts to express their feelings and journey. Through this process of creating relationships within the group, the goal is to have each participant gain the strength and courage to lead an exercise or project and share their expertise. Progress and empowerment are expressed in moving through your story, not being stuck in it.

Objectives:

  1. Engaging survivors through creative outreach beyond support groups
  2. Understand ways to create opportunities for survivors share their voice
  3. Create and share ideas for survivors to learn new skills and share their knowledge or expertise

Friday 11/20/20 from 12:30 – 2pm
Presenter: Rita Farrell, Zero Abuse Project
Shadow Children: Addressing Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation within the Forensic Interview
There is an increased public awareness around the prevalence, impact and salience of sex trafficking, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. When allegations of trafficking and exploitation are made known to law enforcement and social services, the forensic interview process can be an effective tool for gathering victim statements and assessing what has occurred. This training will discuss the specifics of working with victims of trafficking and exploitation and offer guidance for conducting forensic interviews with this population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the prevalence, dynamics and realities of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. 
  2. Provide techniques and strategies for effectively interviewing victims of trafficking and exploitation, through sample language and case examples. 
  3. Offer guidance on how the MDT can best serve victims of trafficking and exploitation.

Thursday 12/3/20 from 12:30 – 2pm
Presenter: Jane Straub, Zero Abuse Project
Post-Trial Advocacy
This is not the end. Once the court makes the decision of Guilty or Not Guilty, the journey of healing for the victim continues. Regardless of the ruling of the court, the victim may experience a wide range of emotions from relief to guilt from calm to fear. Safety planning should remain a priority. Restitution and/or victim compensation needs to be addressed. Victim Impact Statements can have empowering effects on the victim but may also be triggering. The victim needs to understand the procedures of the justice system. After an offender is convicted and sentenced the offender may challenge and appeal the ruling. Each step in the criminal justice system for the victim may seem exhausting, re-victimizing and never ending. This training will take advocates through the justice system and provide examples of support for victims throughout the process. Victim rights, compensation, impact statements, notification, appeals and parole will be discussed in regards to impact on the victim.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the needs of victims and families beyond the courtroom and verdict
  2. Increase knowledge of the criminal justice system and identify times and events that may be challenging for clients
  3. Increase skills to support victims and ensure they receive appropriate notification and reimbursement when warranted

Tuesday 12/8/20 from 9:30 – 11am
Presenter: Jane Straub
From Immunity to Community: Increasing Resilience in Children

Experiences matter. Childhood stress and traumatic events may have a long lasting impact. Fortunately the research shows that resilience, self-regulation and healthy relationships have the power to insulate children against adversity and help them to better handle life’s ups and downs. As a parent, teacher or community member, learn ways to support the children in your life and create a population of healthy and happy youth.

Objectives:

  1. Brief introduction to the ACE Study and adversity in childhood
  2. Increase knowledge of resilience and protective factors all youth need
  3. Take away tools to support children and language to continue this conversation in your own community

This project was supported by Grant No. ALBU-NM-4QIAA20 awarded by the National Children’s Alliance/Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Children’s Alliance/Department of Justice.