KCSDV Highlight: Another Full Year of Training
The end of June wraps up another jam-packed year of trainings facilitated or coordinated by KCSDV.
From July 2011 through June 2012, KCSDV provided 77 in person trainings and 51 webinars training a total of 2,854 participants! In-person participants included 583 member program advocates and 1,201 professional allies. Webinar attendees included 539 member program advocates and 531 professional allies. Other than member program advocates, professions represented at KCSDV trainings included attorneys, law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and health care professionals.
Highlights from the year include several nationally recognized facilitators brought to Kansas by KCSDV and new trainings developed by KCSDV Staff to better serve member programs and the systems that serve survivors in Kansas, particularly as a part of KCSDV’s Trauma Project and SANE/SART Project.
The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence was selected as a target site by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health in 2009 for intensive technical assistance and training in the area of trauma and trauma informed services. Since 2009, KCSDV staff has worked with the National Center on a number of projects to build capacity amongst advocacy programs and allies for a trauma informed approach to survivor centered services in Kansas.
Based on needs identified by Kansas programs in a 2010 needs assessment survey, KCSDV has incorporated and integrated trauma and trauma-informed work into its recurring trainings for advocates and allied professionals. In 2011 and 2012, KCSDV presented webinars and/or trainings specific to working with survivors who use substances, working with survivors with mental illness, understanding and responding to suicidal risk and ideation for advocates, and responding to survivors of multi-abuse trauma. KCSDV has also gathered and/or purchased materials and resources related to trauma for use by staff and for check out by programs through its resource library.
Additionally, KCSDV incorporates information on trauma into other project-specific or discipline-specific trainings (e.g., law enforcement training on Sexual Assault). In 2011 and 2012, in collaboration with other grant projects, the Coalition was able to bring Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, Olga Trujillo, Laura Vandernoot Lipsky, Judith Avner, and Sarah DeWard to Kansas for statewide trainings which reached over 500 sexual assault and domestic violence advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, SRS employees, and disability services providers, attorneys, and criminal justice professionals. Trainings focused on understanding trauma from a bio-physiological perspective, trauma and mental health, vicarious trauma, and the intersection of traumatic brain injury and domestic violence. In addition to the statewide trainings, in August 2011, Carole Warshaw and Terri Pease from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health provided training and technical assistance on trauma informed services and reflective supervision to program directors and some coalition staff. As follow up to that training, the Coalition is working on a supervisor’s curriculum that will include reflective supervision practices and principles.
On the “home front,” KCSDV has made a commitment to foster a culture that appreciates and recognizes the need for self-care, for slowing down and for being present. Changes were made to the facilitation of monthly all-staff meetings, a gratitude board is now located in a high-traffic area where all staff and visitors can post and view messages, and a Wellness Committee has been formed to assess the current wellness and work/life balance concerns of staff and explore ways that KCSDV can adjust and/or respond. These changes are the first steps in KCSDV’s efforts to be more reflective of trauma informed practices. Because of the success of the project, KCSDV was selected to attend the Train the Trainer conference by the National Center in September of 2012 to become a mentoring Coalition to other state sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions looking to increase their own capacity to enhance trauma informed services in their states. Two staff will attend that meeting and the Coalition will continue to work collaboratively with the National Center as it moves forward in improving capacity to do trauma-informed work in Kansas.
Since May 2009, KCSDV has coordinated the Kansas SANE/SART project. A SANE, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, is a specially trained registered nurse who provides comprehensive care to victims of sexual assault. A SART, Sexual Assault Response Team, is a community-based coordinated response to sexual assault. The community team includes representatives from health care providers, advocacy programs, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices as well as any other professionals that serve victims of sexual violence in the community.
As a part of its role as SANE/SART coordinating agency, KCSDV provides technical assistance and training to SANE programs and SARTs all across Kansas, particularly in communities where new forensic nursing programs are starting or where capacity building is needed or requested.
40-Hour SANE-SART Adult/Adolescent Course
KCSDV facilitated this year’s first 40-Hour SANE-SART Adult/Adolescent Course in Topeka on March 5-9. Thirty participants, including nurses, advocates, law enforcement officers, corrections personnel, and an assistant county attorney, attended the training. Participants came from a variety of communities around the state,including Augusta, Chanute, Dodge City, El Dorado, Gardner, Hutchinson, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Overland Park, Olathe, Pittsburg, Rose Hill, Wichita, Winfield and Yates Center. Other training participants traveled from Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and New York.
The 40-hour course provides comprehensive information about victim-centered responses to sexual assault. Multiple presenters provided expertise in many areas, including the dynamics of sexual assault, the prevalence of sexual violence, reporting options in Kansas, and identifying the roles and responsibilities of each SART member. In addition, information was provided about medical/forensic evaluations, drug-facilitated sexual assaults, nursing management, professional and ethical conduct, courtroom skills, cultural competency, and much more.
Joy Thomas, SANE Coordinator at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, also coordinated a tour of Stormont Vail’s SANE facility, giving participants a first-hand view of this long-term project.
The next 40-Hour SANE-SART Adult/Adolescent Course is scheduled for fall 2012 in Wichita or Newton.
40-Hour SANE/SART Pediatric Course
KCSDV has updated the Pediatric Course from a 24-hour course to a 40-hour course. The course now includes 15 hours of online modules to be completed prior to the 25 hours of classroom coursework. The course was offered for the first time May 1-3, 2012 in Wichita with nurses from nine Kansas communities attending.
Training Follow-up as Ongoing Support
KCSDV provides technical assistance to DV/SA programs and allied professionals in Kansas. This is the technical way to say that you can call or email us…and many people do. In the last fiscal year (July 2011 – June 2012) KCSDV received 3,720 such contacts. This is up slightly from our three-year average of 3,250 contacts (or TA calls, as we call them). A majority of these calls came from staff and advocates at the 29 community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs across the state. The full break down of incoming requests is as follows:
1. DV/SA Program Staff/Advocates - 2242
2. Criminal Justice (incl. Law Enforcement & Attorneys) - 707
3. Unaffiliated Individuals - 429
4. Government Agencies - 94
5. Health Care Professional (incl. Mental Health) - 89
6. Other Non-governmental Organizations - 82
7. Media/Reporters - 77