The Training Institute of NCCASA organizes and sponsors statewide training to sexual violence victim advocates and other related professionals, with NCCASA, State and National presenters. The importance of continued training in this field is vital, due to changing public perceptions and sexual mores, legislative reform, and increasing collaborative efforts related to the fight against sexual violence. Training offers an opportunity to gain new and improved insight regarding services for sexual assault victims and survivors and for the prevention of sexual violence. It provides an opportunity for participants to gain a sense of statewide community support and shared mission, and to exchange local expertise.
The Training Institute presented the first of its trainings in January 2002 with enthusiastic response. Looking back over its first year, we completed 15 trainings throughout the state – from the heart of the Blueridge Mountains to the beaches of Wilmington. Participants came from over 50 rape crisis centers and other non-profit victim service organizations (including some participants from neighboring states), with professionals from a variety of legal, medical and counseling fields also in attendance.
We are pleased to offer an even greater number of trainings this year for our advocates and other professional members. The majority of trainings that we offer to improve services for sexual violence victims and survivors will again be free and spread throughout the state to ease the costs and burden of travel.
(1) BASIC SKILLS TRAINING – including (a) beginning skills based training for advocates working with sexual violence victims and survivors, including training on initial client contact; (b) intermediate skills based training for advocates leading and organizing support groups and volunteers; and (c) knowledge-based training as an intermediate refresher course for sexual violence victim advocates.
(2) SART TRAINING – local comprehensive training for Sexual Assault Response Teams ready to begin fully functioning responses to investigation with a community collaborative approach.
(3) SPECIAL TRAINING – national and local guest speakers for advocates and professionals who work with sexual violence victims and survivors on specialized and advanced topics.
(4) JOINT TRAINING – cross-training by NCCASA in cooperation with other agencies to improve services for clients with multiple concerns, to expose advocates and other professionals to a combination of fields of expertise, and to forge productive relationships with other organizations in North Carolina for a united front against the epidemic of sexual violence in our state.
As always, we at NCCASA appreciate the support of those who attend and participate in the trainings we offer by the NCCASA Training Institute. We hope that the Institute supports the admirable and challenging work that you do. If there is anything we can do to be of further help or you need assistance or an accomodation to fully participate in training, please let us know.