Training Institute Past Webinar Series

The Training Institute of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault organizes and sponsors statewide training to sexual violence victim advocates and other related professionals, with NCCASA, state, and national presenters. Below are some of our past webinar series that are available for your viewing and learning.

Powerful Prevention

Whether you’re new to prevention or an experienced preventionist, this webinar series will prepare you to deliver powerful sexual violence prevention programming in your community.

  • Logic Models 101 We will explore different reasons for using logic models- why they are helpful, how they are organized and how to build and interpret them. We will learn the basics of the main building blocks of logic models: Inputs, Activities/Processes, Outputs, Short-term Outcomes, Intermediate Outcomes and Long-term Outcomes, and how they relate to and flow among one another.
  • Prevention 101 We will learn the basics of a public health approach to sexual assault prevention. Topics covered will include the difference between outreach, awareness and prevention; in-depth exploration of what the social ecological model means for our prevention programming; benefits and challenges with engaging local schools; and how to mobilize community partners and create a local sexual violence prevention task force.
  • Trauma-Informed Prevention Education In this 90-minute webinar, attendees will learn to smooth out potential rough spots in prevention programming using the acronym SALVE as a self-check. Webinar will include a review of trauma-informed practices, the social ecological model, risk and protective factors, and how students’ identities and experiences shape their perception of your program and content. Attendees who are not already implementing prevention programming using a public health approach are encouraged to attend Prevention 101 as a prerequisite.
  • Overview of Prevention Curriculum In this 90-minute webinar, NCCASA’s Prevention Education Program Manager and Prevention Evaluator will provide an overview of some of the most commonly used sexual violence prevention curriculum, offering pros and cons to each, explaining the intended audience and use, topics covered, length of program, and other information local programs may need to make an informed choice about curriculum/strategy selection.
  • Evaluation for Program Success This 90- minute webinar explores basic concepts used to evaluate community-based programs. We will cover why and how evaluation can be useful, different types of evaluation, and some ways to apply basic concepts to develop your evaluation plan, tailored to your own specific programs.
  • Meaningful Collaboration: Developing and Maintaining Your Task Force This 90 minute webinar will cover basic strategies and concepts for planning and developing a task force that is specific to prevention. We will discuss different types of task forces, and their possible ways of operating or roles in a community. Learn how to identify what stages of development you might be in to stay focused and build momentum. Learn about different ways to engage stakeholders and maintain membership. We will also discuss equity and representation.

What is Medical Advocacy?

  • Foundations of Medical Advocacy This webinar is part of a series devoted to helping advocates think more deeply about medical advocacy and how they can support survivors across the lifespan. In the first of this series, we are going to be talking about what medical advocacy is and how it doesn’t start and stop with forensic exams.
  • Survivor's Rights This webinar is part of a series of webinars devoted to helping advocates think more deeply about medical advocacy and how they can support survivors across the lifespan. In this webinar, we will have staff attorney Skye David join us to speak into the rights of survivors who choose to get evidence collected and the advocate’s role in ensuring survivor’s rights are not violated.
  • Comprehensive Medical Advocacy with Survivors of Sexual Violence This webinar is part of a series of webinars devoted to helping advocates think more deeply about medical advocacy and how they can support survivors across their lifespan. 
  • Creating a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) During this webinar, we will spend the time taking an in-depth look into writing memoranda of understanding as they relate to medical advocacy. There will be a focus on MOUs with hospitals, but we will also talk about MOUs with law enforcement and neighboring rape crisis centers. We’ll discuss what is an MOU? how can they be helpful? And what goes in an MOU? 
  • Medical Advocacy Panel Please join us for a medical advocacy panel to wrap up the series. This will be a time for advocates to ask any lingering questions or get feedback from our multidisciplinary panelists. We will be joined by Skye David, NCCASA’s staff attorney, Lauren Schwartz, a SANE nurse and the Director of the Solace Center, and Tracy Kennedy, the Executive Director of REAL Crisis.

Unpacking PREA

  • Grounding in Humanity An acknowledgement of the issues/concerns arising in a pandemic. These acknowledgements will be followed by an interactive discussion on social justice and its impact on the movement to end violence.
  • The Victim Services Standards An overview of PREA’s victim services requirements. Presenters will share examples of successful partnerships at several North Carolina correctional facilities, demonstrating that putting the required victim services in place also contributes to a strong reporting culture and increased facility safety.
  • PREA 101: Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Providing Victim Services Behind Bars This webinar will outline how corrections officials and victim advocates can take a trauma-informed approach to victim services provision behind bars – and the benefits to facilities of doing so. Presenters will discuss best practices and current examples from North Carolina correctional facilities.
  • PREA Reporting Options Explained This webinar will provide a deep dive into the multiple reporting options that facilities must provide for reporting sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Presenters will explain the scope of PREA’s provisions on confidential support, outside reporting and third party reporting — including the victim advocate’s role in reporting.
  • Safety and Services for Incarcerated At-Risk Populations, Part I This two-part webinar will present best practices for corrections officials and victim advocates in working with populations who are the most vulnerable to sexual abuse, including inmates who have mental illness or disabilities, those who have experienced prior sexual victimization, and LGBTI inmates. Presenters will discuss the heightened risk these populations face and the distinct challenges they encounter in getting help.
  • Safety and Services for Incarcerated At-Risk Populations, Part II This two-part webinar will present best practices for corrections officials and victim advocates in working with populations who are the most vulnerable to sexual abuse, including inmates who have mental illness or disabilities, those who have experienced prior sexual victimization, and LGBTI inmates. Presenters will discuss the heightened risk these populations face and the distinct challenges they encounter in getting help.
  • The PREA Audit: The Role of Corrections Agencies and Advocates This webinar will explain what a PREA audit is and how corrections facilities can demonstrate meaningful compliance with the victim services standards. Presenters will also discuss the important role of advocates throughout the PREA audit.
  • The MOU: Strengthening Victim Services Partnerships To close out this series, this webinar will discuss best practices for written agreements between victim advocates and corrections facilities. Using scenarios and examples from North Carolina correctional facilities, presenters will demonstrate how to work through common challenges that arise related to issues such as general protocols for the provision of victim services, confidentiality and mandated reporting.

Understanding Trauma

  • Grounding in Humanity An introduction to the series, trauma, and self-care through the lens of grounding techniques.
  • Trauma and the Brain The series will provide training and practical applications for supporting survivors of sexual violence during COVID-19 and the current state of civil unrest. It will focus on helping advocates create accessible, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed approaches to the unique needs survivors are facing during this time. Included in this webinar is foundational information about the intersections of the trauma of sexual violence, historical trauma, inter-generational trauma and racialized trauma. Specially designed for advocates/staff at sexual assault serving organizations as well as recovery support specialists, the series will offer innovations in collaborative approaches that support survivors in addressing their self-defined needs.
  • Trauma and the Body This webinar takes a look into psychosomatic symptomatology and trauma triggers.
  • What is Trauma? This webinar features a deep dive into the historical, generational and interpersonal contexts of trauma, Urban ACEs study information, and decolonization in helping professions. Thank you to our presenter Reia Chapman, MSW, LCSW.
  • How Trauma Continues to Show Up In this webinar we look into understanding triggers, anniversaries and complex PTSD, and a community response for the intersectionality of identities. Thank you to Reia Chapman for presenting this information.
  • Do No Harm Understanding what does trauma informed care really mean, how do agencies put into practice, and serving intersectionality of sexual assault survivors

You've Got This!

  • The 4 Agreements for Advocates Participants will be able to: Name three things that they can do to raise their immunity to stress and vicarious trauma; Describe how the Four Agreements apply to advocacy and working with persons who have experienced trauma; Recognize how language impacts our connections in ways that can help and hurt relationships
  • Social Journaling Social Journaling is an evolving adventure in conversation, exploration, and engagement for building deeper, more meaningful connections around the subjects we care about. We are grounding conversations in a new way to spark new invitations and insights for the way we connect with ourselves and connect with others.
  • The Importance of Values and Saying "No" in a Positive Way Participants in this training will learn the importance of personal values and how to say "No" in a positive way with Canadian-based trainer, Jeremie Miller from RAFT.

Throwing Away the Menu

  • Openness to Learning/Change Participants will learn and understand about individual change, sustainability and what it takes to enhance sexual assault services 
  • Establishing Core Sexual Assault Services This webinar will delve into foundational understandings of sexual assault trauma and advocacy. Participants will learn about the needs of SA survivors beyond the tangibles that are typically funneled through their DV programs. Participants will also be given an overview of research- based best practices for trauma informed care.
  • Traits for an Effective Advocate Participants will learn how cultural factors, social conditions, and identities impact a survivor’s experience of sexual violence. Participants will gain knowledge on basics traits and gain a deeper understanding of how to translate what they’ve learned into serving survivors.  Participants will also learn how to turn emotional support into a tangible deliverable by enhancing active listening and trauma informed approaches to healing trauma.
  • Meaningful Services for Survivors Participants will learn how cultural factors, social conditions, and identities impact a survivor's experience of sexual violence. Participants will gain knowledge on basic traits and gain a deeper understanding of how to translate what they've learned into serving survivors. Participants will also learn how to turn emotional support into a tangible deliverable by enhancing active listening and trauma-informed approaches to healing trauma. This is a continued conversation from Traits for an Effective Advocate.
  • Group Based Services, Community Outreach and Events Participants will learn the many different types of group based services and how to use them to expand services (healing circles, yoga, Zumba etc.).  Participants will also learn the importance of outreach and events in broadening their spectrum of services, and gain knowledge for best practices for reaching sexual assault survivors.
  • Multilingual Resources and Communication Participants will gain knowledge around moving beyond basic language needs around survivorship. They will learn and understand the importance of translating concepts of sexual trauma, and working to include community resources that can help translate these concepts.

Healing Beyond the Binary

  • Overview of the Guiding Principles LGBTQ+ people experience sexual violence at higher rates than their straight, cisgender counterparts. And although victim services agencies have a willingness to be of service, this community remains underserved. What if the lesson to be learned is that our ways of thinking as sexual violence service providers are too limiting— not just for queer and trans communities, but for all the communities we serve? Not another 101 about LGBTQ identities, this introduction to a 7-part interactive, applied workshop series will seek to expand the frameworks of the sexual violence movement by answering the LGBTQ+ community’s call for us to move beyond binaries. Binaries are simplistic dualities or seeming opposites like good vs. evil, men vs. women, and boy vs. girl. When we move past binaries and acknowledge messy, complex realities of people’s lives, we do not just create more LGBTQ+-inclusive services. We also offer more robust empathy, fuller healing, and healthier environments to all clients and staff members.
  • Beyond Male Violence Against Women: Questioning the Role of Gender in Sexual Violence We have all learned that sexual violence is about power. Although sexual violence has often been discussed as a form of power and oppression specifically exerted by men over women, this framing does not only exclude many LGBTQ+ people's experiences, it is also inconsistent with the growing evidence we have on gender and sexual violence, which tells another, more complicated story. This workshop will move beyond the binary of male oppressor vs. female victim to find concrete strategies to meet the needs of LGBTQ and male survivors. 
  • Beyond Male vs. Female: Seeking Expansive Understandings of Sex and Gender Transgender and non-binary people experience extremely high rates of sexual violence, but remain underserved in rape crisis centers. To help participants better meet the needs of the trans community, this workshop covers 101 content, like the difference between sex and gender, the fact that these categories are not binaries, and the importance of pronouns. We’ll also build on this knowledge and a discussion of disparities to ask how we can shift our practices (as organizations and individuals) to move beyond the binary of male and female. We’ll arrive at concrete strategies to support trans survivors in healing.