The professionalism and expertise of sexual assault advocates are essential to maintaining clients' privacy. The Utah Confidential Communications Act requires that sexual assault advocates have forty hours of sexual assault specific advocacy training. Conversations with victims or alleged victims are privileged only if the advocate has completed forty hours of sexual violence specific training. We collaborate with local and regional care personnel to provide our Sexual Assault Counselor Training. The training is available to advocates, law enforcement, health care providers, clergy, and the general public. Our training team includes legal, medical, and human services professionals who facilitate each topic alongside our trained and dedicated staff.
Our training was carefully developed with input from all sexual violence advocates and programs across the state. More specifically, this course offers the following benefits:
- Meets the requirements outlined in the Utah Confidential Communications Act and requirements set forth by Utah's funding agencies.
- Gives attendees information and tools to understand the role of sexual violence advocates.
- Supports attendees in recognizing and combating bias - both explicit and implicit.
- Empowers attendees to maintain the dignity of victims.
- Supports attendees in encouraging victim’s self-advocacy and personal decision making throughout the response processes.
- Situates each participant within their role as an advocate and reinforces their responsibility to the agency, its clients, and to victims.
- Certifies volunteers, staff, and community allies as sexual assault advocates - allowing for privileged, confidential communications with clients.
We are committed to training excellence, and we are confident that this collaborative training solution will be a valuable enhancement to your current volunteer and staff training program.
As a professional training and development organization, we combine instructional expertise with curriculum development skills and an extensive history of advocacy and direct service experience.
Our Sexual Assault Counselor Training is the result of decades of feedback from professionals who work with sexual violence survivors and perpetrators throughout the state. The curriculum is twenty-four hours of statewide core topics presented by our staff and sixteen hours of community-specific topics facilitated by the needs of the local community. This overall course design is meant to meet the needs of each area, population, and specific community dynamics. We work with local communities to determine the course content of the 16 hours of community-specific content and any continuing education or professional development topics.
The Sexual Assault Counselor Training course is designed to meet the training needs of individuals who might respond to a victim of sexual violence. The course is meant to meet the needs of a variety of volunteers, staff, and allied professionals who consider themselves advocates—whether as law enforcement officers, prosecutors, volunteers, advocates, medical personnel, caseworkers, or educators. However, this course is not designed to provide the intricacies of the investigation, prosecution, evidence collection, or case management. This course is particularly helpful to individuals who provide many different types of services to victims of sexual violence seeking skill-based knowledge and tools for improved response and intervention.
A side benefit of the course is its multidisciplinary appeal to professionals not working directly with sexual violence issues who also want a better understanding of sexual assault intervention concepts and policies. This course is designed and available to all public service, advocacy, and education organizations, along with information about why the course is helpful to them.
It is critical to attend all 40 hours of the training. It will take place on the following dates:October 5,6,7,8 and 9th 20208:00 am- 5:00 pmWHERE:Utah Office for Victims of Crime (training room)350 E 500 S #200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Tickets are $100, $75 for Military or Law Enforcement, $50 for students (this includes the full 2-day conference, lunch both days, and lots of amazing presenters) *$5 dollar Ticketspice fee is non-refundable.
We have filled all of our scholarship spaces at this time. Thank you to SAKI for providing the 100 scholarships.
CEU's by NASW, Utah Chapter (pending approval, including Ethics and Suicide)
The Utah Sexual Violence Conference is a world-class event that brings together hundreds of survivors, community members, and professionals working in the field of sexual violence prevention and response. Whether your goal is to contribute expertise and help drive change in the area of sexual violence, learn from your peers and adopt new practices, or connect with like-minded professionals who are solving everyday challenges, make plans now to attend the Utah Sexual Violence Conference.
The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Utah Sexual Violence Council, and Utah System of Higher Education will host the 2020 Utah Sexual Violence Conference from August 5th and 6th 2020.
Effective sexual violence prevention and response requires the application of a wider lens that recognizes these harms in the context of individual and community settings. This conference will introduce new perspectives on the challenges we face individually through our therapeutic, crisis intervention, or criminal justice responses. We hope that interconnected approaches that combine shared resources and knowledge can increase safety and accountability outcomes from all disciplines for all communities.
This event is open to the public. Professionals working in the sexual violence field or those who are interested in sexual violence issues are invited to attend. This conference will have something for everyone.
Day 1 - August 5th, 2020
Day 2 - August 6th, 2020
(9a - 4:30pm)
(9a - 4:40pm)
Full Conference Content:
**All sessions, lunch and events are included with your purchase of a ticket.**
The following hotels are offering a discount for attendees of the conference. All are within a close distance to the conference. Click on the link below and you will be taken directly to hotel registrations;
Residence Inn Salt Lake City Sandy
Courtyard by Marriott Sale Lake City Sandy
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City/Sandy
Whether you are already working in the sexual violence prevention and response field, an allied profession, or are a member of the public this conference will have something for you. This event provides a productive learning environment and is designed to offer courses for the full range of knowledge levels and backgrounds.
We strive to be as inclusive and accommodating as possible. Please feel free to direct any ADA or accommodations requests to the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault at (801) 746-0404 ex 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 5th and 6th 2020Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 08:00 AM through August 26, 2021Jordan Commons Sandy Megaplex in Sandy, UT0 RSVPs