ODVN Training Institute Presents 


August 27 and 28th  9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

Please bring a water bottle, snacks, a yoga or exercise mat or blanket, an additional blanket or beach towel and any special markers you like. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. 

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Bay Community House overlooking Lake Erie located on the west side of Cahoon Memorial Park

303 Cahoon Rd. Bay Village 44140

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Sonia Ferencik 
Ohio Domestic Violence Network 

August 27, 28  2019           Bay Village

This introductory-intermediate level two day workshop is for victim advocates on the front lines of domestic violence and/or sexual assault programs working with survivors from infants to older adults. 

          Victim Advocates regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. Growing evidence shows that the impact of directly supporting others through their experiences of trauma goes beyond burn-out or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper's own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to examine your own experiences and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. You will learn to develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate your resilience. Topics include  external and individual factors impacting the effects of trauma work, identifying anchor points to stay steady and solid, and strategies for building empathetic resilience. This highly interactive workshop includes the use of movement, video, drumming, case study exercises, personal reflection and small group activities. Come with a desire to learn  ways to maintatin and sustain a balanced, healthy lifestyle while doing vitally important work. 

Event Details

ODVN Trainers:
Cathy Alexander, LISW-S, Adult Trauma Training & Technical Assistance Specialist
Sonia Ferencik, LISW-S, Children's Trauma Training & Technical Assistance Specialist

Cost: $20 for ODVN members and $35 for non-members

Continuing Education Credits: 11 CEUs as provided by counselor and social worker provider numbers,  #RCX0402 and #RCX120302. Please note that CEU credit hours will only be given for the hours you actually attend training. To get a complete certificate of attendance for all the offered hours, you must attend the entire training. There are no exceptions. 

Cancellation Policy:  This popular training fills up quickly, If you have to cancel, please inform our training coordinator, Denise Kontras, denisek@odvn.org as soon as possible. A full refund will be given until the deadline, August 22. If you cancel your registration after the deadline or fail to attend the training you or your agency will be responsible for the full registration fee. Participant substitutions are always permitted.

Accommodations: If you require an ASL interpreter or have any accessibility needs, please contact our training coordinator, Denise Kontras at denisek@odvn.org by August 1, 2019. 

Dress: Please dress casually and comfortably. Temperatures in training environments are unpredictable so please dress in layers. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. 

Food and Materials: Due to grant restrictions, ODVN cannot provide food or snacks. Participants are encouraged to a water bottle, snacks, a yoga or exercise mat or blanket, an additional blanket or beach towel and any special markers you like to use. There will be a one hour break for lunch.