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Essentials of Advocacy Fall 2018

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Comfort Suites

929 Gateway Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58503

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CAWS North Dakota is excited to offer the three part Essentials of Advocacy series for new advocates working at our 20 member programs. The intent of this series is to provide foundational information in: advocacy, domestic violence and sexual assault. This series will lead up to Legal Issues training, which is required for advocates to become certified under Supreme Court Administrative Rule 34, to assist victims with protection orders. Essentials of Advocacy training is designed for crisis intervention and shelter staff who have 3 or less years of experience.

Each session will be a two day training scheduled as follows:

September 12-13 Essentials of Advocacy (Meeting @ Comfort Suites)

October 3-4: Essentials of Domestic Violence (Comfort Suites)

November 7-8: Essentials of Sexual Violence (Comfort Suites)

December 4-5: Legal Issues (Comfort Suites) Must register separately for this training.

The Essentials of Advocacy training topics will include:

  • Introduction to Advocacy
  • Empowerment
  • Oppression
  • Violence Against Women
  • Social Norms
  • Historical Trauma
  • Socio-Economic Status of Victims
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Dialogue and Active Listening
  • Confidentiality
  • Power and Control
  • Self-Care

Topics for each of the sessions will be provided prior to each training. It is important that participants are able to attend all three of the Essentials Series, that each “class” will have the same participants.

Those intending to participate in Legal Issues in June are not required to attend the Essentials Series, although it is encouraged as it will provide a foundation.

  • Space is limited to 12 people.
  • Online registration available now through September 5, 2018.
  • After September 5 please contact Courtney at CAWS North Dakota for space availability.

This training series is based largely on information and work adapted from Praxis International, Resource Sharing Project, Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Programs, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ohio Domestic Violence Network and Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Additional Information:

  • There is no registration fee
  • There will be a block of hotel rooms available at the Comfort Suites for each training under "CAWS Essentials of Advocacy Training". Call the Comfort Suites at 701-223-4009.
  • Each participant/agency is responsible for all travel expenses (travel, lodging and per diem).
  • There will be a one hour lunch each day of training (not provided).

For questions regarding the Essentials of Advocacy training series please contact
Courtney Monroe, cmonroe@cawsnorthdakota.org or 701-255-6240 ext. 105.

**In the event we would need to cancel this training because of inclement weather an email notification will be sent to all registered participants.

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