FCASV Trauma Informed Care Webinar Series
This was the first year that FCASV offered a webinar series that focused exclusively on providing trauma informed care to survivors from special populations. The webinars were attended by 112 advocates from across the state, many of whom were licensed clinicians who received continuing education credit from the Florida Board of Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work and Mental Health Counseling.
The training feedback was overwhelming positive, and the comments were informative; for example, “this was an excellent webinar - great in-depth information,” ” Excellent presentation! Extremely informative with clinically relevant information,” and “I am not well-informed in this area, and I learned so much from the presenters. I'm looking forward to sharing the recording with the SA Advocates and hearing it again myself!”
Webinar 1: Male Survivor Peer Support Groups: How to start and best practices.
The series began with Ken Followell, president of MaleSurvivor: National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization and vice-president of the Manatee Victim Rights Council. Mr. Followell is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who speaks about the issues sexual abuse causes in the lives of both survivors of childhood or adult sexual abuse. Unable to locate any support groups for male survivors in Florida, he started and facilitates a peer support group for male survivors of sexual abuse. The group has been meeting for over 4 years now. The webinar was recorded and is available on the FCASV website: Recorded Webinar 1
Webinar 2: Trauma Informed Care with LGBTQ Victims of Sexual Violence
Second in the series, the webinar focused on providing culturally sensitive services to LGBTQ survivors. The presenters were Ashley Flattery , Victim Advocate Counselor with Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center (VSRCC) in Gainesville, FL. Ashley has interned for the UF Office of LGBT Affairs, helping develop the Gator Allies training program, an educational workshop series which focuses on issues affecting the LGBTQA community. The co-presenter was Jennifer Heard, a Victim Advocate Therapist with VSRCC. In 2012 Jennifer started the LGBT Intimate Partner Violence support group at VSRCC. This group was the first of its kind offered in Alachua County and has garnered the attention of various local agencies and media outlets.The webinar was recorded and is available on the FCASV website: Recorded Webinar 2
Webinar 3: Campus-Based Services: Addressing Sexual Assault Trauma
The third and last webinar in the series focused on campus-based services to sexual assaulted students. The presenter was Melissa Comeau, LMHC, NCC Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Ms. Comeau is the Florida State University Pre-Masters Internship Coordinator, Liaison to the Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Committee. Melissa’s areas of interests are relationship issues, first generation college students, domestic violence and sexual assault issues, trauma and recovery, and women's issues. Ms. Comeau has a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Systems, from Florida State University. Her theoretical orientation includes Humanistic Theory with an integration of Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques. The webinar was recorded and is available on the FCASV website: Recorded Webinar 3