Course developed by Parkerville Children and Youth Care, Australia, Jan 2013
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- Facilitator’s Guide (PDF)
- PowerPoint Slides (PPTX) – Click here for PDF
- Participant Handbook (PDF)
- Online Advocacy Role Introductory Module (video – 13 min) used as a pre-workshop material. Click here for PDF printable notes.
- Pre-Requisite learning materials (PDF) see context below.
- Supervisor’s pre-workshop notes (PDF)
A range of video resources have been provided with this resource:
Most of the videos in this course are available on YouTube. You can download these using www.keepvid.com
Click here for the videos used in the workshop
Click here for 3 short sexual assault survivor videos from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
(Australian) This course is aimed at professional staff working with victims/survivors and their non-offending families who have experienced sexual violence. It is designed to build on professional knowledge, qualifications, skills and experience of those already working in this area.
In particular, it presumes prior specialist knowledge of the sexual violence area which is a pre-requisite for the course.
Other desirable areas of associated knowledge include trauma informed practices, attachment, strength based approaches, child abuse, cultural competency and systems approaches.
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While the course aims to develop knowledge and skills in this area (role adequacy) in also aims to specify how the advocacy role fits within the participant’s current job role (role legitimacy) and emphasises the importance of on-the-job workplace learning and practice (role support).
To maximise course benefits, the learning program consists of:
- A short, pre-workshop on-line module
- A one and a half-day workshop
- Workplace activities before the workshop, between the first and 2nd day, and post-workshop.
- Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) E-Learning Centre from www.wcsap.org
Free E-Learning courses on: Advocate Core Training (Initial Training); Ongoing Advocacy Training; Prevention Training; and Therapist Training.
Courses are sub-divided into topics. Each 30 – 50 min topic includes a revision quiz and a printable certificate.
- Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training Presenter’s Toolbox from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
Two day course with eight modules (available individually or as a whole course) focusing primarily on ”first responder” crisis interventions. Contains an instructor’s manual, participant’s manual, Worksheets, handouts, six video training vignettes and a range of other tools, tips and course related information.
- National Children’s Advocacy Centre Online Training Courses USA A broad range of free online courses and webinars. One time free registration required.
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape & National Sexual Violence Resource Center Online Learning Campus USA A broad range of free online courses including sexual assault counsellor training. Downloadable printed materials are also provided. Click here for a 2m 51s video about these courses.
- Victim Assistance Online Training USA Contains 40 modules including: Advocacy, Crimes – Sexual Violence, Stalking, Teen Relationship Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Crisis Intervention, Conflict Management and Negotiation, Cultural Competencies. Victim Service Systems – Developing Collaborative Relationships – and more… Registration required but free.
- Child Victim Web (USA) 2013 Contains eight, online learning modules for professionals working with sexually assaulted children. First three modules must be completed in order before progress to the other five. Well designed with pre and post test questions, videos and graphics to aid online learning Click here for a 2m 52s introductory video on the course or click here for a brochure on the course.
- Sexual Assault Training Standards: A Trainer’s Guide USA, 2004. A 99 page PDF with comprehensive key points on 11 module areas. Legislation referred to is Californian.
- Core Competencies – Unique Skills of Advocacy USA. A range of longer, modular courses and shorter courses.
- A National Training Manual for Law Enforcement USA, 2001.Contains amongst other legal issues, a module on the role of the victim advocate.
- National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault Through Education Australia (2009) from NASASV. While the courses above are primarily targeted at individual and family interventions, these standards provide a brief outline of standards underpinning prevention education programs.
TAFE Units / Courses (Australia)
- CHCAD401D – Advocate for clients This generic unit within the Community Services Training Package, is most often an elective in a range of Cert III, IV and Diploma courses.
- CHC41012 – Certificate IV in Community Services Advocacy This course which contains the above as a compulsory unit, also has a series of electives around a range of service areas such as disabilities, alcohol and other drug, mental health, child protection and tenant advice. However, as yet there are no electives in this course specifically focused on sexual assault.