Advocate Be Well: Actions to Address Vicarious Trauma – Virtual – June 2021

Advocate Be Well: Actions to Address Vicarious Trauma 

Audience: KCSDV Member Program Advocates and Staff Only

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This interactive training is designed for community-based advocates to bolster their knowledge of the vagus nerve, and how breath and movement can provide regulation and benefits to well-being. Advocates will explore the potential effects of secondary trauma exposure and the training will provide a lens towards understanding how working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other trauma may impact advocates in their service to survivors. Actionable steps through self-discovery activities will encourage advocates to become accountable for their self-care and overall health. Advocates will explore secondary trauma exposure concepts to gain awareness about how to be well in their services to child and adult survivors. Participants will practice techniques such as breathing, movement, and self-care strategies to enhance their well-being. Please have a mat or blanket near you, as well as markers and blank paper.


Guest Speaker

Sonia D. Ferencik, LISW-S, RA

Sonia D. Ferencik, LISW-S, RA works to increase awareness of how lived experiences of exposure to a batterer as a parent impacts the lives of children, teens, and their parent.  Sonia’s approach is individual, survivor-focused, intertwined with an understanding of the complexities of trauma responses and how batterers manipulate relationships with their children, their intimate partner, and with helpers. Sonia’s work centers in creating trauma-informed programming by enhancing advocate’s intervention skills, responses, and by supporting helpers with secondary traumatic exposure. One of her commitments is to provide space for advocates to learn about practical strategies to address the possible effects of vicarious trauma. She possesses over 30 years of working in domestic violence shelters, community-based group work, and advocacy. She is an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner from Starr Commonwealth, a Registered Advocate with Senior Standing, and works at Ohio Domestic Violence Network as the Youth Advocacy & Trauma-Informed Services Coordinator. She is the co-author of ODVN’s Trauma-Informed Approaches: Promising Practices and Protocols for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund’s Breaking the Cycle Manual. Sonia is from rural Ohio, worked and lived in both Columbus and Cleveland.

Date & Time

Thursday, June 24, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Part 1:  9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Break:  10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Part 2:  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadline:
Monday, June 21, 2021

Register soon, space is limited!

How to Register:

To register, Create an account and login, then select the number of people you want to register and click “Register Now.”

The Zoom join link for this event will be emailed to all approved and complete registrants on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.


We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Live Virtual Training Technical Requirements

WebcamA webcam is required for participation from all registrants. If you need assistance with webcam access, please contact

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Shelly Newman or 785-232-9784

Training Hours: 3

This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

  •  June 24, 2021
     9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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