Professional Trainings

The Sexual Assault Center in partnership with the Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) regularly provides training and support for professionals working with survivors of sexual assault, including dual domestic/sexual violence programs, clinicians and counselors, law enforcement, college and university staff, and other community partners. Utilizing data and trends from the field’s most up to date research, trainings are developed to address the specific needs of your group or agency. These trainings are free of charge, and will place an emphasis on the following:

  • Neurophysiology of Sexual Assault
  • Clinical Work with Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Responding to Sexual Assault Disclosure
  • Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse

Vicarious Trauma and Caregiver Resiliency

Helpers and healers are on the front lines, bearing witness to the experiences of sexual assault survivors and standing beside them on their journey towards healing. We recognize that as a witness to trauma, these individuals are vulnerable to the cumulative effects of exposure known as vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and burnout. We hope to foster resiliency within our communities, and bring more awareness to this reality through statewide training and support. These trainings are free of charge, and will address:

  • Neurophysiology of Trauma (Exposure)
  • Identifying Signs and Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma
  • Self-Care Practices
  • Organizational Wellness

For more information, or to schedule training for your group, please contact Emily Cohen, Statewide Training Director at or 615-259-9055 ext 310.

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This project was supported by Subgrant 2017 WF AC 0036 awarded by the state administering office for the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice's STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the US Department of Justice.

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