FCASV Virtual Summit: Seeing & Believing in 2020

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Summit 2020 Workshops

Please select one workshop for each time period.

Workshop Descriptions for Session A (Wednesday, September 30th, 1:40 pm - 2:40 pm):

Restorative Justice: Repairing the Harm after Sexual Assault
Gretchen Casey; Restorative Justice Facilitator; Amend Initiative
The practice of restorative justice is not commonly understood and therefore concept and process of restorative justice can be a challenge for people who are unfamiliar with it. This workshop will introduce an overview of restorative justice and discuss how the process of facilitated restorative justice practices can invite healing, repair harm, and demonstrate accountability.

Creating a Mock Sexual Assault Response Training
Carol Messam-Gordon; Program Coordinator; Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center -- Molly McConnell; Grant Coordinator; Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center -- Marci Rex, Esq.; Assistant State Attorney; State Attorney’s Office, 15th Judicial Circuit
Attendees of this workshop will explore the benefits of engaging their SART members in a mock sexual assault case by demonstrating a step-by-step response. Participants of this training will learn how to create and facilitate a mock training in order to strengthen a comprehensive sexual assault response. Attendees will be able to support sexual assault survivors through a victim-centered approach by providing an enhanced understanding of key components in the SART process.

Referrals for Unintended Pregnancy, an Overview
Sarah Cannady; Trainer & Outreach Coordinator; Provide, Inc. -- Leigh Koetsch; Trainer & Outreach Coordinator; Provide, Inc.
Healthcare and social service providers often serve as a critical link to getting people quality, compassionate care, including reproductive healthcare. Provide's 25 years of experience has shown these same individuals are both willing and able to play an essential role around pregnancy options counseling. These professionals often do not have the tools or support to assist clients facing an unintended pregnancy. This is particularly true of situations where an individual does not want to continue the pregnancy. Given this gap, Provide trains providers to offer non-judgmental, all options counseling and referrals for unintended pregnancy. Provide will offer an in-depth review of our Referrals for Unintended Pregnancy training, highlighting data from our experience and showcasing activities from the curriculum. Participants will leave with an understanding of the importance of discussing pregnancy options with their clients, tools for referral making, and concrete next steps on bringing the full curriculum to their agencies.

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Workshop Descriptions for Session B (Wednesday, September 30th, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm):

Men's Role in Women's Violence Prevention: Putting Down Patriarchy and Picking up Gender Equity
Dougla-Khan Stancil; Mental Health Professional; Florida A&M University
Many men are unaware of the role they have in women's violence prevention outside of not doing it or stopping it if they see it happening. This often causes them to feel a sense of powerlessness. This powerlessness, however, is a mistake in perception. Once men put down patriarchy and pick up gender equity, they can quickly move from powerless to empowered. Dialogue designed to unpack how patriarchal tenants such as power, control, and dominance lead to violence is essential in men redefining their role in violence prevention.

Evidence-based Strategies for LGBTQ Student Best Practices, Mental Health, and Success
Ian Siljestrom; Statewide Safe Schools Associate Director; Equality Florida Institute
This learning session will equip participants with evidence-based strategies and best practices that ensure Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students are safe, included, and can graduate successfully. LGBTQ students comprise 15.7 - 21.5% of Florida high school populations, and over 20% of LGB students say that they have experienced sexual violence in the past year. Guided by Equality Florida's Safe and Healthy School's Statewide Associate Director, Ian Siljestrom, participants will gain knowledge, strategies, and take action to support LGBTQ youth while building safe and healthy schools and communities.

Terapia EMDR: Mitos y Realidades
Irene Rodriguez, M.S., LMHC, CAP (EMDRIA Approved Consultant and ICM Faculty); Owner; Mindful Journey Center, LLC.
La Terapia EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) fue desarrollada por Dr. Francine Shapiro. Al momento es una de las terapias más investigadas para el tratamiento de PTSD y otros desórdenes mentales. La Terapia EMDR, es basada en la idea de que los pensamientos negativos, sentimientos y comportamientos son el resultado de memorias traumáticas no resueltas. Esta presentación se enfoca en clarificar 3 de los mitos más predominantes de la Terapia EMDR. Se enfoca en clarificar el procedimiento estándar de la terapia, incluyendo una demostración de un ejercicio de estabilización utilizando estimulación bilateral.

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Workshop Descriptions for Session C (Thursday, October 1st, 10:00 am - 11:00 am):

Leading and Sustaining: Building a Culture of Healthy Occupational Identity and Organizational Practice
Johnanna Ganz, Ph.D.; Researcher and Consultant; J Ganz Consulting
Occupational identity describes how you connect to your work and how that connection impacts every part of daily life. Collectively--staff, volunteers, and board members—create an agency's organizational culture. Yet, individuals and agencies can struggle to identify and respond to the intersections of occupational identity and organizational culture, especially when it impacts the quality of life inside and outside of work. This topic focuses on equipping leaders with the language, concepts, and tools to explore the question, "How can we best support healthy occupational identity management and robust organizational culture development in advocacy work?”

“Let’s Not Talk About It”: Service Barriers for Black Sexual Assault Survivors
Kim Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW; Professor; University of Central Florida -- Kenan Sualp, MSW; Doctoral Student; University of Central Florida -- Shayna Forgetta; Doctoral Student; University of Central Florida -- Brandi Godbee, LMHC ; Victim Service Center of Central Florida
This panel presentation will focus on an academic-victim service provider partnership to study service barriers on local and state levels for Black/African-American sexual assault survivors. This study's findings provide victim service providers, researchers, and educators with a conceptual framework to better understand access barriers and solutions for Black/AA sexual assault survivors. Lessons learned include the importance of cultural context and relevance in offering organizational services for victimized marginalized populations.

Highs and Lows of Cold Case Investigation and Prosecution
Francine Donnorummo, Esq.; SVU Chief; Office of the State Attorney
Prosecuting a sexual abuse case after the testing results of a decade old sexual abuse kit has been received, many years after the crime, has unique investigative, prosecution, ethical and emotional challenges. This presentation will address best practices in the prosecution of cold cases of sexual abuse and provide a few different case scenarios that have been addressed in the last few years within the criminal justice system.

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Workshop Descriptions for Session D (Thursday, October 1st, 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm):

Sentido de Pertenencia; Estrategias para incluir aspectos de la Cultura en los Grupos de Apoyo
Patricia Emmanuelli-Robles; Victim Advocate; Women’s Center of Jacksonville
Basado en investigaciones sobre los efectos de los grupos de apoyo en participantes, hemos podido observar que estos traen muchos beneficios a lxs participantes y son vistos como un recurso valioso para los mismxs. Por otro lado, estamos conscientes que lxs sobrevivientes latinxs enfrentan un sin número de barreras al momento de acceder servicios. Por lo tanto, como centros de apoyo debemos establecer un espacio seguro donde lxs sobrevivientes pueden compartir sus experiencias en su idioma natal y que se le respeten las diversidades y similitudes de sus culturas. De este modo se le amplia el acceso a los servicios de la comunidad. En este taller estaremos conversando sobre como incluir diferentes aspectos de la cultura latinx en los grupos de apoyo. Así proveyéndole a lxs sobrevivientes recursos para continuar su proceso de sanación.

Art and Science of Working with Adolescents
Kathleen Cole; Licensed Therapy Coordinator; Palm Beach County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center -- Kelly Dambra; Licensed Therapist; Palm Beach County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center -- Christel Brydegaard, LMHC; Licensed Therapist; Palm Beach County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center
This presentation will explore the importance of identifying challenges of engaging adolescent sexual assault victims in therapy. Participants will gain an understanding of how to engage family and community in the treatment of adolescent sexual assault victims. This will foster a positive therapy experience. This presentation seeks to enhance and expand the skillset of professionals working with adolescent sexual assault survivors to include the most up to date practice standings.

The Y Factor -- Men in Victim Advocacy
Kevin Fox; Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor; Victim Service Center of Central Florida -- Johnnie Kramer; Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor; Victim Service Center of Central Florida
Many Sexual Violence programs, including Rape Crisis Centers, have forgone hiring male advocates. While there are definite challenges facing male Victim Advocates, the opportunities created by having male advocates on staff far outweigh the drawbacks (Javaid, 2016). The presenters will offer insight - based on research as well as personal experience - into the benefits and obstacles of having male advocates on staff. They will also offer suggestions into programmatic considerations and answer audience questions.

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Workshop Descriptions for Session E (Friday, October 2nd, 10:40 am - 11:40 am):

SANE Advocate Dance
Jessica Pinto; Advocate Manager; Crisis Center of Tampa Bay -- Jennifer Thayer; Director of Nursing; Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Advocates and nurses have critical roles in the response and treatment of sexual assault survivors. These roles impact the victims' recovery and the success of investigations. The SANE brings a level of expertise to the collection of forensic evidence that is critical in the successful prosecution of cases. Advocates provide the emotional support and resources needed to make survivors good victim witnesses for prosecution and/or to begin the journey of healing. This workshop uses the metaphor of dance to discuss the celebrations and challenges SANEs and Advocates have encountered in the pursuit of their goal to provide collaborative victim centered services.

Immigrant Visa Options for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Mary Rose Whitehouse, Esq.; Attorney; Florida Legal Services, Inc. -- Veronica Robleto; Immigrant Rights Paralegal; Florida Legal Services, Inc.
This presentation empowers advocates, medical professionals, and law enforcement to spot common legal issues that immigrant survivors of sexual abuse face and enable them to make effective referrals for direct representation. Although preparing an immigration petition may seem straightforward, the process is never as simple as filling out a form. The mishandling of a survivor's immigration case may have negative repercussions that could damage the person's ability to find a meaningful path to legal status. Professionals who serve as first-responders for survivors play a critical role in understanding survivors' stories and directing them to the appropriate legal resources.

Moving Toward Acceptance and Change: DBT-Informed Therapy with Survivors of Sexual Violence
Emily Rivera; Victim Advocate; Victim Service Center of Central Florida -- Orialis Sosa; Victim Advocate; Victim Service Center of Central Florida
Traumatic stress has long-lasting effects. Survivors struggle to integrate their experience in a way that helps them accept, change, and grow. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for suicidality, self-harm, and Borderline Personality Disorder. The main goals are teaching mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. These modules target difficulties associated with life after trauma. DBT's goal is to create a "life worth living". The presenters will focus on four concepts: TIPP skills for our emotional breaking point, Reality Acceptance skills for when we cannot change reality, and emotional "Action-Urges" and "Opposite Action" for emotion regulation.

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Workshop Descriptions for Session F (Friday, October 2nd, 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm):

Holistic and Intersectional Approaches to Working with Oppressed and Marginalized Survivors of Sexual Violence
Jennifer Heard; Victim Advocate Therapist; Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center
Utilizing case examples, participants will explore the unique challenges that oppressed and marginalized populations face when healing from sexual violence. Participants will examine four therapeutic clients representing sex workers, transgender persons, people of color, and persons with disabilities. Using each of these examples, participants will look at what challenges each population faces with their healing journey, which holistic modalities foster healing, what privilege the therapist needs to be aware of when working with this population, and intersectionality within each survivor.

Consent for the Grown and Sexy
Haley Morrissette; Founder; Life is Hale LLC
Consent for the Grown and Sexy is a concept that centers on pleasure activism and sexual assault prevention measures. In practice, it is an event that invites a specific demographic to engage with questions surrounding consent and ethics. You will be able to answer, "How do we engage each other in every day consent as adults?"; "How do we encourage adults to learn more about consent?"; "How do we make it look sexy and inviting for the community?"

Sexual Violence Injunctions and their Multiple Intersections
Chris DelMarco, Esq.; Staff Attorney; Legal Services of North Florida
This workshop will provide an overview of the Sexual Violence Injunction with a focus on its intersection with other issues affecting survivors of sexual violence, including, but not limited to situations where there is a companion criminal case against the offender; contemporaneous proceedings through Title IX; and other civil causes of action. Challenges facing survivors of sexual violence in these contexts, along with suggestions for support and assistance will be explored.

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