MCASA invites you to attend this fall’s 32-hour Sexual Assault Victim Advocate training! Registration is now open.

32-Hour Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury, MD 21801
September 12, 13, 14, and 15
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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This 32-hour training is designed for advocates who work directly with sexual assault survivors in any capacity. (Other professionals are encouraged to contact MCASA to determine if this training is appropriate for their specialty.) There is no cost for this training; however, member rape crisis & recovery center staff will receive priority registration. Participants should plan to attend all four days of the training.

The training will cover introductory and advanced topics to provide a foundation for best practice of advocates in the field of sexual assault services.

Introductory Topics will include:
Overview of Sexual Assault: Theory, Myths, Statistics, and Approach
Professional Ethics and Boundaries
Working with Diverse Communities
Safety Planning and Risk Assessment
College Sexual Assault: Implications for Advocates
PREA for Advocates
Sexual Violence and Trauma
Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma
Human Trafficking: Risk Factors, Role of Trauma Bonding, and Methods of Recruitment
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Men and Boys
Crisis Assessment and Intervention, Part 1: Assessing and In-Person
Safety Planning: Stalking and Technology

Advanced Topics will include:
Military Sexual Trauma
Confidentiality and Advocate Testimony
Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors
Reproductive Coercion
Mini-Session – New Legal Issues in Sexual Assault: Rape by Proxy and Revenge Porn
Child Sexual Abuse
Criminal and Civil Legal Options
Role of the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
Crisis Assessment and Intervention, Part 2: Working the Hotline
Role of Law Enforcement
Role of FNEs (Forensic Nurse Examiners)
Prevention