Advocate Training: SAFE Day 2022

Location: Holiday Inn Canton (Belden Village), 4520 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton

In-person only ($25.00) - open to attorneys and advocates who work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.


COST: $25.00, lunch included

Supporting advocates fostering empowerment

Topics and Speakers:

Integrating Trauma Responsive Care to Promote Trauma Recovery and Empowerment
Ashley Kline, Director of Services, Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties
Marya L. Simmons, Director of Services, Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties

Understanding the multidimensional impacts of trauma is essential for professionals working with survivors of violent crime. This course will review the neurobiology of trauma, the impacts of trauma throughout the lifespan, and trauma-coerced attachment. As the potential long-term negative impacts of trauma are realized, the necessity for integrating a trauma responsive care model into professional work is crucial. Adapting trauma responsive care practices into work with survivors promotes empowerment, trauma recovery, and resilience. This presentation will review the six principles of trauma-informed care and provide professionals with tools to implement skills into daily work to enhance quality of services and care for survivors of violent crime.

Advocate Be Well: Resiliency Practices for Self-Care
Sonia Ferencik, LISW-S, RA, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Youth Advocacy & Trauma-Informed Services Coordinator, Ohio Domestic Violence Network

This experiential workshop is designed for frontline advocates and allied professionals to bolster vital knowledge about the vagus nerve, breath, and movement in addressing secondary trauma exposure. Practical strategies weaved in through self-discovery activities will encourage new and seasoned advocates to become accountable for their self-care and overall well-being. Advocates will explore secondary trauma exposure concepts to gain awareness about how to be well in their services to child and adult survivors. There will be an invitation to practice breathing, movement, and self-care strategies to enhance your health. An overview of prevention concepts in resiliency, understanding the vagus nerve with breath and regulation and using nature and gratitude as wellness approaches. Markers, paper, and supplies will be provided for several activities.



6.0 hours CEU credits have been requested from the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
6.00 hours CLE credits have been requested from the Supreme Court of Ohio.