Trainings Offered by SAOP
The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP) offers trainings to community organizations, community groups, and other community members free of charge. Below are descriptions of all of the trainings offered by SAOP staff. All trainings can be adapted to fit the missions, needs, and timeframe of the organization requesting these services. Trainings can be scheduled for as little as 15 minutes, or may be scheduled for a full 8-hour day. Trainings can be requested by completing the request form found at the bottom of this page, or by contacting us via phone or email.
Introduction to SAOP
Length: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Introduce your community/agency to the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program. Understand what advocacy is, the populations we serve, the history and mission of the program, and the services that are offered to your community. Learn how SAOP can assist your community, and how you can join SAOP in building a coordinated community response to sexual violence. Confidentiality, mandated reporting, and systems advocacy will also be covered.
Anti-Oppression and Rape Culture Overview
Length: 15 minutes to 2.5 hours
Review and understand how oppression, culture, and media impact and influence sexual violence. Learn how to actively intervene in violence, and how violence is socially perceived. Introduce the definitions of anti-oppression and rape culture, demonstrate the correlation between rape culture and sexual violence, understand street harassment and practice methods of bystander intervention, and go over raising awareness regarding sexual violence.
What is Survivor Advocacy?
Length: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
Learn the definition of survivor advocacy and the roles that advocates fulfill within the community. Understand how advocates fit within a community response team, and the principles and skills that guide advocacy. The Empowerment Model and active listening will also be covered.
Role Play Overview & Group Role Plays
Length: Minimum of one 1-hour session, suggested multiple 1-hour sessions
Assist in working with survivors of sexual violence through practicing your advocacy skills. Learn how to work with survivors through one-on-one and large group practice facilitated by a SAOP advocate.
Interpersonal Violence Overview
Length: 30 minutes to 3 hours
Define the perpetuation of violence through sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Review the prevalence and definitions (legal and cultural) of consent and assault. Discuss strategies for working with survivors of interpersonal violence. Discuss the Cycle of Violence, who are perpetrators of violence, the Ohio Revised Code and age of consent, how to record stalking incidents, and safety planning.
What is Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices
Length: 1 hour to 6 hours
Understand how the body and brain react to and process trauma. Define immediate, intermediate, and long-term effects of trauma on survivors and co-survivors of sexual violence. Discuss the secondary effects of trauma on first responders and learn strategies for self-care. Go over crisis intervention with survivors and secondary survivors, including suicide intervention. Learn the skills and benefits of providing trauma-informed services. Engage in interactive self-care activities, including: guided meditation, chair yoga, journaling, music, and reflection.
Medical Care and Evidence Collection with Survivors of Sexual Violence
Length: 1 hour to 2.5 hours
Discuss best practices in working with survivors of sexual assault in regards to medical care and evidence collection. Learn the differences between SANE and SAFE practices. Review the SAFE evidence collection kits. Discuss the roles of SAFE/SANE nursing staff, doctors, social workers, and advocates. Learn resources for follow-up medical care and pregnancy options.
Law Enforcement, Civil/Criminal Law, Higher Education and Sexual Violence
Length: 1 hour to 2.5 hours
Learn the different law enforcement, civil/criminal legal, and Title IX options available to survivors of sexual violence. Define the laws and legal processes in place to support and serve survivors. Review the Ohio Revised Code definitions of sexual violence, evidence chain of custody protocol, and the role of Victim Assistance. Learn the resources available to assist survivors in navigating law enforcement and legal options. Discuss working with incarcerated populations, and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
Length: Suggested minimum of 30 minutes per population, or 3-hour overview
Review of specialized populations, the unique barriers to supportive services certain populations may face, and the community support services that are available to assist. Discussion of mandated reporting and limits to confidentiality with specialized survivor populations. The populations at the focus of this training include: LGBT survivors, elder survivors, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, survivors of multiple victimizations, survivors who are homeless, survivors with disabilities, children and teens who have been sexually abused, and survivors with addictions.