Next Academy: June 5-9, 2017

ACADEMY FACULTY & STAFF

Dr. Debra L. Stanley
Academy Director, Faculty

dstanley@ubalt.edu

Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer
Associate Director, Faculty

hpfeifer@ubalt.edu

Elaine Witman
Community Liason

ewitman@ubalt.edu

Dave Thomas
Faculty

t​homas@theiacp.org

Debbie Bradley

Certification Coordinator

bradleyd@harfordsheriff.org


Linda Garnett
Logistics Coordinator

lgarnett@ubalt.edu​​

Phone

410.837.6084

2017 V-STEP REGIONAL TRAUMA TOOLS

and RESPONSES 2-DAY TRAINING


The 2017 training topic, TRAUMA TOOLS and RESPONSES will take attendees on a journey beginning with a victim’s perspective of a crime to… understanding trauma and SELF to… integrating a Trauma-Responsive approach for delivery of services and ending with… learning skills to form collaboration within your organization and community.


TRAINING REGIONS AND DATES:
REGISTER NOW! Click on a region (below) to view regional DATES, LOCATIONS, AGENDA and REGISTER on Eventbrite.com.


  • Northern Region Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County (May 15-16)
  • Western Region Allegany County, Garrett County, Washington County (June 1-2)
  • Central Region Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore City (June 26-27)
  • Southern Region Calvert County, Charles County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County (Aug 24-25)
  • NEW! Central Region (August) Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore City (August 28-29)
  • Eastern Region Caroline County, Cecil County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Wicomico County, Worcester County (Sept 14-15 tentative)​

 
CERTIFICATION
A brief introduction to becoming a Maryland Certified Victim Assistant Professional (based on the national model) will be presented.  Learn how service providers in other states are using certification to their benefit. Becoming certified is easy!  Be assured, RVAAM is here to guide and assist you along the way. MARYLAND VICTIM ASSISTANCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Workshop is included in the Eventbrite drop-down at time of registration.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)
RVAAM curriculum has been approved for selected professions (e.g. law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, and social work), thus participants may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and academic credits.


TRAINING DESCRIPTION
Title: A DIALOGUE WITH A VICTIM: A CASE STUDY (3-hour module)
Heather L. Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to –

  • Discuss how trauma may affect an individual’s emotional, psychological, and physical self both in the short and long-term
  • Discuss how a history of trauma may affect an individual’s ability and/or willingness to interact and communicate with others
  • Discuss the impact of secondary victimization on families, and how their response may either exacerbate the effects of trauma or help to moderate it
  • Discuss the ambivalence some victims may feel about their perpetrator, as well as how they navigate those emotions
  • Identify shared narratives between victims of child sexual abuse and other victims of crime
  • Identify trauma-informed approaches when communicating and interacting with victims of crime 


Workshop Summary: This workshop draws upon case study of two brothers who were sexually abused by the same perpetrator to explore the short and long-term effects of trauma.  Utilizing a portfolio of artwork and written companion materials the brothers created, participants will engage in group discussion and small group activities that will help to broaden their understanding of the experience and behavior of victims, the impact such experiences has on families, and the sometimes-complex relationship victims may have with their perpetrator. 

Title:  S.E.L.F.: A NONLINEAR FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONDING TO TRAUMA (3-hour module)
Ibet Hernandez, MSW

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the four domains of S.E.L.F.
  • Apply SELF as a Lens to recognizing triggers and identifying losses
  • Utilize each of the four domains of SELF to create a plan for engagement, process and intervention
  • Discuss how SELF can be used as a problem-solving tool to engage individuals and facilitate conversations that address the complexities of their problems 
  • Apply SELF to own life recognizing then changing existing narratives by creating a different response to presenting problems 


 Workshop Summary: The workshop will provide a foundation towards becoming more trauma responsive in our work with individuals and families. It will also provide a foundation for workers to be more aware and responsive to traumatic experiences in the workplace. By developing a common language for engagement, creating a lens to recognize triggers and become more inquisitive about the behaviors we see, we will be able to create environments that are safe, emotionally intelligent, trauma sensitive and more responsive.  

Title: BUILDING TRAUMA-RESPONSIVE ORGANIZATIONS & COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS   (3-hour module)
Lizette Ubides, LCSW-C

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the six principles to a trauma-responsive approach to delivery of services
  • Identify an organization’s structure and determine how best to integrate a trauma-responsive approach to delivery of services using ten domains
  • Utilize SMART techniques in an organization’s policies, procedures and add SPARK to workspace design


Workshop Summary: This training will provide organizations and collaborative partnerships with principles, assessments tools, and organizational structures that govern a trauma-responsive approach to delivery of services.  At the end of this training participants will be able to organization and form collaborative partnerships through SMART techniques (framework) that will add SPARK (strategies) to policies, procedures, workspace design and collaborative relationships.

Title: Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP): The Certification Process
Debbie Bradley, C.A., VASIII

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and have a clear understanding about the Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP)
  • Understand the many benefits and advantages of being a certified victim service provider
  • Learn to correctly complete a certification application in the workshop
  • Identify what level of certification they are qualified for
  • Identify test preparation tools, strategies and techniques for the testing phase of the certification process


 Workshop Summary: Maryland Victim Assistance Certification Program (MVSCP) certification for Victim Assistance Professionals is available in three levels coinciding with years of experience and training. You are eligible to become certified within two years of entering the victim assistance field if you have completed a 40-hour basic training academy such as RVAAM, NVAA, or other SVAA. Each level has specific requirements and testing, as well as a minimal fee for processing. Once certified you will be required to complete continuing education training as well as certification renewal every three years.  After completion of this training you will have a better understanding of the entire process, from filling out the application, to the testing process, to renewal.


* Due to the highly sensitive nature and scope of Trauma Tools and Responses Regional Training topic areas, participants are encouraged to take the necessary steps to practice self-care. If at any point during the training, an individual feels a need to speak with someone privately, a professional counselor will be on site.


Sponsored by Roper Victim Assistance Academy of MD (RVAAM), University of Baltimore and VOCA funding.


Please note, with limited seating registrants will be prioritized on a wait list.