Part I of Application, Executive Director/Supervisor Referral

Advocates and officers and others 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 announce scholarships for two special retreat and training events just for victim advocates, law enforcement, and others who work directly and on the local level with victims of violent crimes, including domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and homicide, in their communities.

Through two days of retreat-based training and somatic and respite activities, the Summer and Fall NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreats on Vicarious Trauma will 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 Summer NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreat on Vicarious Trauma takes place Sunday, June 25 through Tuesday June 27, 2017 on the North Carolina coast at the beach. The Fall Resiliency and Training Retreat will take place Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 24, 2017, west of Asheville on a mountain top.

Registration for the Summer NCVAN Resiliency and Training Retreat on Vicarious Trauma at the coast is currently open and closes June 5th. See end of article for application instructions. Registration for the Fall NCVAN Resiliency and Training in the mountains opens August 15th and closes September 20th.



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: Staff who have worked directly with victims for at least three years, staff who are especially committed to victim advocacy, and staff who may be vulnerable to vicarious trauma from chronic or acute exposure to violence or witnessing systemic biases in the work.

Participants will be accepted through an application process. Executive directors or law enforcement supervisors who have advocates, officers, or other first responders in mind, should complete applications on behalf of their staff members, to be followed up by a survey by the potential participants. Executive directors are encouraged to nominate two staff people to attend the training together. Board members or additional leadership are invited to join executive directors in the conference calls.

NCVAN Credit hours will be offered to both staff and leadership who complete the sessions, which can be counted towards Council for Women requirements. For those who have been certified through NCVAN’s Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy, hours may be counted toward re-certification.

* 1. Your information:

* 2. Your email:

* 3. Your phone number:

* 4. 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?

* 5. 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.

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

* 7. 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.)

* 8. 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.

* 9. 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.)

* 10. 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 (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GVWC9M5 ) and in the email I received. Thank you!

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