ODVN Training Institute Presents 


May 2nd and May 3rd, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Registration begins at 9:15 am

Pleae bring a water bottle, yoga/exercise mat or blanket, an extra blanket or beach towel, snacks for yourself and any special markers you like to use. Dress comfortably and wear shoes for walking.

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Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve

615 S. Wintergarden Rd. Bowling Green 43402

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Denise Kontras 
Ohio Domestic Violence Network 
614-781-9651 ext, 233 

 May 2, 3  2019    Bowling Green    

     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. Areas of focus 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, grounding techniques, centering activities, guided imagery, drumming, play, case study exercises, personal reflection and small group discussions. Come with a desire to learn ways to maintain 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:  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 April 30. 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 April 2, 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. Please bring a water bottle, snacks for yourself,  yoga/exercise mat or blanket, an additional blanket or beach towel and any special markers you like..There will be a one hour lunch break each day. Feel free to pack your lunch or drive to a nearby restaurant.