PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING BEFORE REGISTERING
TAASA is excited to open registration for Sustaining Change: Prevention Institute 2012. This annual institute provides individuals from across the state of Texas with the skills they need to engage their communities in the prevention of sexual violence, as well as the opportunity to network and find support from preventioneers from across the state. The institute combines workshops, opportunities to share the work from the field and learn from one another, skills sharing, and group coaching sessions in order to create an environment that supports both sexual violence prevention work in Texas and the folks who are doing that amazing work.
The institute will include sessions on evaluating prevention programming, facilitation skills, and creating empowering educational environments. The institute will also feature coaching sessions on topics such as curriculum development and facilitating difficult discussions. Below is the general agenda for the institute. (A more detailed agenda will be available closer to the date of the institute.)
Monday, August 13, 2012
8:00am-9:00am Breakfast and Registration
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
*lunch will be on your own both days
There is no fee for institute registration. There are two registration types available for individuals interested in registering for the institute - participant and waiting list. Please carefully read the description of each registration type below to insure proper registration for the institute.
Participant: The institute is geared toward individuals working at agencies that are receiving SAPCS-Federal (aka RPE) funding for their primary prevention programming. Each center receiving these funds can register one primary prevention staff member and the executive director (or a program director, if the ED is unavailable) as participants. If a center registers more than these 2 staff members, or if an individual not affiliated with a SAPCS-Federally funded organization registers, to the Participant List, we will move them to the Waiting List. Participant registration will close on July 13.
Waiting List: Organizations or individuals who are engaged in the primary prevention of sexual violence and whose efforts are not supported by SAPCS-Federal funds should register for the waiting list. In addition, centers who are receiving these funds and have already registered two staff members as participants can register additional staff members to the waiting list. Individuals can register for the waiting list at any time. We will begin letting people from the waiting list know if there are any available spaces on or after July 18.
For questions or challenges with registration, please contact Tim Love.
The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin in Austin, Texas. When you register, please indicate the number of nights you will need a hotel room. If your agency receives SAPCS-Federal funds, TAASA will cover one hotel room for up to two nights or two hotel rooms if the staff members are of different genders and prefer not to share a room. Additional hotel rooms will be available at a rate of $106/night. Please do not call the hotel and make your own reservations. TAASA will be managing the reservation of hotel rooms for the institute.
As a part of the accommodations for the institute, the hotel will be providing breakfast both mornings. All other meals will be on your own. The hotel is within walking distance of several restaurants, and there are many others a short drive away.
Per OAG instruction, we are able to provide one travel stipend per agency if all of the following conditions apply:
- agency must receive SAPCS-Federal funds
- staff must be traveling more than 150 miles AND
- staff must be traveling to Austin via airplane.
We cannot reimburse any mileage, ground transportation, or meals. If you would like to apply for one of these travel stipends, please contact Morgan J Curtis for additional information.
Important Institute Information
One of the sessions at the Institute will be a microskills session. Microskills are small, tangible skills that are important to prevention work but don’t necessarily require an entire workshop session. (Examples of microskills include utilizing writing activities in your educational sessions and building group agreements.) Skills will be offered in 15-minute increments with time to learn about and practice them. On the registration page, there will be a space to indicate if there are microskills you’d like to sign up to teach (let us know what the skill is). We will accept microskills based on time and space available. Additionally, if you have ideas for microskills that you’d like to learn but can’t teach, there will also be a place on the registration form to tell us what that is.
Please note that there will be a session at the institute for you to share some of your own amazing sexual violence primary prevention efforts. We ask that everyone bring a visual representation of the aspect of your prevention programming that you are most excited about or that feels the most successful. This can be a collage, poster, video, etc. If you choose to bring something that requires a computer, please bring your own computer.
When & Where
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A nonprofit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of over 80 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas. Founded in 1982, the agency has a strong record of success in community education, youth outreach, law enforcement training, legislative advocacy, and curricula and materials development.