Training and Event Calendar

This event calendar is provided as a service to our members and the public. An event may be cancelled at any time. Please confirm the event with the sponsor prior to making travel plans. To submit an event, please contact us.

January – February 2014

Tips on Filing Taxes for Domestic Violence Survivors @ Webinar
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Each year, families receive billions of dollars in tax assistance. These tax returns are the largest influx of money into the pockets of low-income families and individuals. For many, it is used to pay off debt, obtain a more reliable vehicle, or just have a bit more money to meet necessary expenses. This money can be even more important for survivors of domestic violence who are trying to create a life without violence, especially when creating a life without violence, away from an abuser.

This webinar will address some of the issues that survivors of domestic violence face during tax time. We will cover a variety of topics, including a basic overview of common tax credits available to clients, how to safely file taxes innocent spouse relief and what to do when a partner or former partner has already claimed the dependent children. All topics will address the specific needs of survivors and address their safety.  In addition, this 90 minute webinar will leave time to answer questions from advocates

About the Presenters:
The webinar will be presented by Jane Zhao, Attorney and Tax Clinic Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Economic Progress and Kelly Goodall, Director of Economic Empowerment at the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Intended Audience:
Advocates who work with survivors of domestic violence.
This webinar is only available to ICADV Program Council Member Agencies.

Serial Offending and the Testing of Rape Kits @ Webinar
Jan 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Research on so-called “undetected” rapists – men who commit rapes but who are either not reported or not prosecuted for their crimes – has clearly demonstrated that the old stereotypes about rapists are false. Undetected rapists, who represent the vast majority of rapists, and account for the vast majority of rapes, use extensive planning, often use of alcohol and other drugs to render their victims vulnerable, and rely on minimal force to threaten and intimidate their victims into submission. A majority of these rapists are serial offenders, and the evidence suggests that they typically begin their offending careers during adolescence. Evidence also indicates that serial offenders account for more than 90% of all rapes. These data underscore the potential importance of testing non -stranger sexual assault kits and maintaining DNA databases derived from the processing of rape kits.


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Sensory Grounding Skills: Practical Tips for Survivors in Crisis @ Webinar
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presented by Kathryn Woods and Casey Malsam, CSU Women & Gender Advocacy Center
As advocates, it can be helpful to have some easy-to-teach, concrete, effective coping strategies for survivors in crisis. This webinar will teach the participants sensory grounding skills, which can be helpful for flashbacks, nightmares, body memories and panic attacks.

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Stalking in the Workplace @ Webinar
Jan 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Robert Bardo.  Arthur Jackson.  Mark Chapman.  John Hinckley.  All are stalkers who
targeted well-known celebrities.  Chances are that you have heard their names, but are you  aware of the significance of their crimes in respect to your safety in (and out) of the workplace?

This webinar will educate personal / executive assistants (as well as front of the line staff)  working for anyone in the public eye (including celebrities, politicians, executives, community leaders, etc.) about how to better protect themselves and their workplaces.  While effective threat assessment requires intensive training and years of experience, the material presented is informational in nature and meant only as a general overview of the basics of stalking, in the context of fan mail / strange communications often received by executives and their staff.  We will be reviewing various stalking cases, looking at the elements in a threat assessment, learning
how to identify communications / people of concern, seeing what information can be obtained from communications (stated intentions, investigative information, etc.), dealing with such troublesome individuals, and then knowing what to do with the information before it escalates.

Some takeaways include:
*  Stalking behaviors
*  Why you should be concerned about strange communications
*  Some common red flags
*  Case histories
*  Tips on how to better protect your privacy
*  General strategies to help you deal with people of concern

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Theoretical Frameworks of Sexual Violence: Public Health Approach and Gender Based Violence @ Webinar
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As the movement to recognize and end sexual violence has developed over the last 40 years viewing child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault within the framework of gender-based violence is shifting to include the public health perspective and broadening our understanding of sexual violence.


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Abuse Screening, Intervention & Documentation in the Health Care Setting @ Webinar
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Target Audience:

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, physicians, and other health and legal professionals involved in the treatment and care of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Statement of Need/Program Overview:

This program is intended to increase knowledge of the appropriate roles of health care providers in addressing current and/or historic domestic and sexual abuse in the health care setting.  This program will familiarize participants with current standards of care that apply to screening, intervention and documentation of abuse.  Primary and secondary screening methods and barriers to effective screening and intervention will be examined.  Health indicators of abuse will be discussed.  Accurate documentation and coding will be reviewed.  The importance of Collaborative Community Responses that include health care providers, advocates, law enforcement and mental health will be considered.

Educational Objectives:

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Increase comfort & skill with abuse screening in the health care setting.
  • Improve effective responses to abuse victim/survivors.
  • Understand the importance of collaboration with community resources


Diane K. Bohn, RN, CNM, PhD

Dr. Bohn has over 25 years of experience working with violence against woman, children and elders as advocate, educator, researcher, author, forensic interviewer, clinician, SANE, program evaluator and program director.  She is the Director of the Cass Lake IHS Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative where she is also a CNM in clinical practice.  Dr. Bohn’s research and publications have focused on the prevalence and health effects of lifetime abuse among women and appropriate health care responses.  Much of her clinical practice and research have been with American Indian women.


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Savings Fitness for Advocates @ Webinar
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Across the country, advocates work tirelessly to improve the lives of others, yet sometimes we don’t make the time to secure our own futures. NNEDV, NCRDV and US Department Labor are joining together to increase advocate knowledge and improve access to long?term security through retirement planning.

Planning for a secure retirement can be challenging, but the sooner you start the easier it will be. It may feel like there are many demands on your income: credit card debt, school loans, car payments or your children’s education. Although it is important to save for these shortterm goals, it is important to remember to save for longterm goals like retirement as well.

Here is one simple way to get you on the road to financial security. Join us as we explain how you can use EBSA’s new interactive worksheets to set goals, start a budget, manage debt, and determine how much to save for a secure financial future. Our Savings Fitness webcast starts you on the way to setting goals and putting your retirement high on the list of personal priorities.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to make saving for retirement a priority!

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YIKES! ? Retirement Planning for Advocates Over 50 @ Webinar
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

For many, planning for retirement is a mystery. Join us for a webinar that will help you unravel the mystery and reach your retirement goals. The webcast, designed for people who are 10 to 15 years from retirement, offers a simplified, bottom ?line approach to figuring out how much you need to save and how to make your money last over a possibly long retirement. You’ll learn how to track down and understand:

Your savings, 401(k) plans, home equity, and other assets

Your Social Security benefit ? and how to decide when to start drawing benefits

Your spending and expenses now and in retirement

Filling the gap in your retirement savings.

A Social Security Administration representative who will discuss Social Security retirement benefits will join the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration.


Who should attend? Advocates who are 10 to 15 years from retirement


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Cyber Stalking @ Webinar
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cyberstalking is the use of the internet, email, facebook, or other electronic communications to stalk, and generally refers to a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors. This session will focus on tools that cyberstalkers use to harass and intimidate their victims, and will particularly focus on the impact this has on teens who often live their lives through social media.

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Teen Survivor Support Groups: Promoting Resilience and Empowerment @ Webinar
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How do you craft a psychoeducational support group for teen survivors of sexual abuse and assault that addresses their unique needs and acknowledges the effects of sexual violence in their lives? What practical steps do you need to take in forming and facilitating these support groups to keep them securely anchored in the values of our field? This webinar focuses on facilitator-tested steps to use empowerment-based advocacy principles, an anti-oppression framework, and trauma-informed approaches, with survivors leading the way.

Learning Objectives:

1. Integrate empowerment-based advocacy principles into teen survivor support groups.

2. Use the principles of trauma-informed services to shape support group practice.

3. Apply an understanding of oppression issues to create an accessible and inclusive group.

4. Create a survivor-led, teen-empowering group experience.


Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, PhD, Program Management Specialist for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, provides support and technical assistance on accreditation and management issues for community sexual assault programs.  She offers training and develops resources on the topic of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV); she also focuses on intersections of sexual assault, reproductive health, and pregnancy/childbirth issues.  She has written a facilitators’ manual for IPSV support groups, and has co-written support group manuals for working with teens and nonoffending parents/caregivers. As a clinical psychologist, Jennifer has worked with trauma survivors and in program development for the past 30 years. Jennifer has written a book for parents of children who have been sexually abused, and has been a presenter at national, regional, and local conferences. She is co-editor and contributing author of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse, including a chapter on support groups and one on teen survivors.


Logan Micheel, MA, is the Child Advocacy Specialist at the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP).  In this role, she provides technical assistance, training, research and resources to support sexual assault advocates and community programs in their work with children, teens, and nonoffending caregivers.  Her recent projects have included co-writing WCSAP’s guides for facilitating teen and nonoffending caregiver support groups.  Logan has been involved in the anti-sexual violence field for the last 10 years.  Prior to joining WCSAP over three years ago, she worked as a legal advocate at a community sexual assault program in Washington and conducted her Master’s research on the factors influencing sexual assault case filing decisions.