Part I of Application, Executive Director/Supervisor Referral

Advocates entering the work of supporting victims and ending violence in our communities are often naturally empathetic, caring, or social justice-minded and/or want to make the world better through their efforts. This same trait that is so valuable to the work can also make them even more vulnerable to vicarious trauma. How can they find balance? How can they remain engaged and committed to what they do, while also maintaining their own internal well-being and positive world view?

The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) is pleased to offer scholarships in 2017 for two special retreat and training events just for victim advocates who work directly and on the local level with victims of violent crimes, including domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and homicide.

Through two plus days of retreat-based training and somatic and respite activities, the Summer and Fall NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreats on Vicarious Trauma  are to give participants an opportunity to understand vicarious trauma by processing/integrating that understanding on personal level, towards reclaiming joy in the work, so crucial to the sense of wholeness that sustains our collective work to address and end violence.

The Fall Resiliency and Training Retreat will take place Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 24, 2017, southwest of Asheville in Macon County, on a mountain top.

Registration for the Fall NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreat on Vicarious Trauma in the mountains of Macon County is currently OPEN and closes September 24th.  

NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreats on Vicarious Trauma are part of the NCVAN’s Advanced Academy and funded through the Governor’s Crime Commission. They are offered free-of-charge to state-recognized organizations committed to victim work, including lodging at the events.

In return for offering the training free-of-charge, leadership within the organizations shall commit to participate in three webinar/conference call sessions over the course of 3 months on the subject of the dynamics of vicarious trauma and preventing and addressing individual and organizational trauma, including reading materials in preparation for the calls.

In selecting staff to nominate, executive directors and supervisors should consider the following: 1) Advocates who have worked directly with victims for at least three years, with preference for those whose primary function is working full-time with victims or crime. (Exceptions are made for those working with surviving loved ones in cases of homicide.); 2) Staff who are especially committed to victim advocacy; 3) Staff who may be vulnerable to vicarious trauma from either chronic or acute exposure to violence or witnessing negative impact of systemic biases in the work. 4) Participants who commit to attend the ENTIRE program, start to finish, Sunday afternoon to Tuesday evening.

Participants will be accepted through a two-part application survey process, based primarily on the above criteria, the content of the survey, then ultimately the availability of space. Accepted participants will be notified in early October. Remaining candidates who qualify will be placed on a waiting list.

You are about to compete Part One: Executive Director/Supervisor Referral. Keep in mind that nominees should also follow up by EACH completing Part Two. Executive directors are encouraged to nominate two staff people to attend the training together. Board members or additional staff leadership (assistant/associate directors) are invited to join executive directors in the conference calls.

Credit hours are offered to both staff and leadership towards re-certification for the NCVAN Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy and can also be counted towards CFW training requirements.

* 1. Your information:

* 2. If your application is approved, the executive director and/or the direct supervisor making the application will be asked to commit to participate with other executive directors in 3 webinar/conference calls over the course of three months.  The topics will include 1) Vicarious Trauma, 2) Preventing and Responding to Vicarious Trauma in Your Staff  and 3) Organizational Trauma.  Each will be of an hour duration and will provide an opportunity to network and confer with other directors. For the final webinar/call leadership may also be provided with a book to read on preventing organizational trauma.  (Dates will be determined by scheduling survey at a later date.)  If your staff is invited to attend, will you commit to participate in the webinar series?

* 3. What type of vicarious trauma training have you or your organization undergone prior to this event?  If you have take steps to address it in your organization, please share details.

* 4. Information on person/people you are recommending attend the Resiliency Retreat:

* 5. Please share why you are recommending this person to the NCVAN Resiliency Retreat on Vicarious Trauma and how the opportunity to process acute or accumulated trauma may be helpful.  (Please provide enough detail help us make a determination during our acceptance process.)

* 6. We encourage programs to send two participants together. If you are recommending an additional staff person, please list the other applicant's name and title below.

* 7. Please share why you are recommending this particular second person to the NCVAN Resiliency Retreat on Vicarious Trauma and how the opportunity to process acute or accumulated trauma may be helpful.  (Please provide enough detail help us make a determination during our acceptance process.)

* 8. Please confirm: I understand that in order for this application to be complete and considered for approval, each staff person I am recommending must ALSO complete their own survey questionnaire designed for the participant, provided here ( ) and in the email I received.  I also understand that if accepted, because the retreat is process work, it will be on the condition that my staff attend the ENTIRE program from start to finish without arrivngg late or leaving early.

* 9. Executive directors whose staff must travel more than two hours to return home on Tuesday October 24th are asked to provide overnight lodging to their employees for their safety, which is available at the host retreat center or sites in the surrounding community. Information will be provided after acceptance. Please indicate your proximity to Highlands, North Carolina:

* 10. Would you be interested in a future resiliency retreat and training for leadership?