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This training is designed for first responders and those in the helping field to learn about vicarious trauma and self-care tools needed to have a long and rewarding career. Often, as individuals working with the trauma of others, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout are the consequences that come from that trauma work. Participants will practice a variety of self-care exercises that can be used to mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma and will be able to assess their own level of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Utilizing highly trained facility dogs to help meet the emotional needs of victims of crime is an innovative approach to making our justice system more humane. Explore the legal aspects of incorporating a dog into the investigation of crimes and court proceedings, as well as the training these dogs undergo to be successful and enjoy their work. Several facility dogs trained by Assistance Dogs of the West in Santa Fe will be present to demonstrate the temperament and training that makes these dogs so remarkable. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
This workshop explores the impact of trauma across the lifespan and explains how providing trauma-informed services on a systemic level facilitates the cooperation, trust, and healing of the victims and survivors we serve. In the victim services field, it is imperative that we provide compassionate services that are in alignment with principles of Trauma-Informed Care. Our learning will focus on understanding the impact of trauma on mental and physical health, understanding the benefits and principles of trauma-informed care, and creating an action plan to improve trauma-informed service delivery. We are wounded in relationship and we heal in relationship. Trauma-Informed Care promotes a system-wide culture that supports healing and health on a community, organizational, and individual level. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Interviewing individuals who have been recently traumatized, or who are recounting traumatic experiences, requires special techniques. Trauma often has profound effects on how people think, how they recall their experiences, and how they translate those recollections into language. An interviewer must understand these altered processes in order to obtain the most accurate information from a traumatized interview subject.
This workshop summarizes the neurobiological changes associated with traumatic experiences and then focuses on how an interviewer can tailor the interview to adapt to those changes. Learn specific interview techniques and approaches that often produce more information from traumatized subjects, and also more accurate information. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Part 1: Marginalized Disabilities
Marcie Davis, Project Director, New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., Santa Fe, NM
People with disabilities are at a greater risk for victimization than any other population. However, individuals with disabilities rarely seek victim services and their cases seldom make it to a successful prosecution. This session will address violence against New Mexicans with disabilities and what victim service providers can do to make their services more accessible to this underserved population. It will focus on practical ways victim service providers and other criminal justice professionals can make the criminal justice process more accessible to individuals with disabilities who have experienced abuse. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Part 2: A Community Coordinated Response to Ending Abuse in Later Life
Krysta Montez, Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator, La Pinon Sexual Assault Recovery Services, Las Cruces, NM
Abuse in later life often remains in the shadows. But as our society ages, we must bring light to the issue of Elder Abuse. There are unique barriers that impact someone over age 55 from seeking victim services. As service providers, we must focus on eliminating those barriers, increasing victim safety and enhancing our individual awareness of how we can more effectively provide services to this underserved population. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse later in life and how to work with law enforcement, prosecutors, senior and victim service providers to provide a coordinated response to this population. Join us as we discuss elder abuse and the multidisciplinary team created in Doña Ana County to respond to abuse in later life in their community. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Part 3: Immigrant Survivors of Crime and Barriers to Justice
Jasmine McGee, Managing Attorney, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, Albuquerque, NM
Immigrant survivors of crime face different challenges when attempting to report crime and access the U.S. legal system. This session explains those barriers and provides a brief overview of the forms of immigration relief available to help survivors of crime. It also offers updates on the current political climate and its impact on immigrant survivors of crime. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
Part 4: Transgender 101
Zane Stephens, Co-director, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico ( TGRCNM), Albuquerque, NM
Did you know that transgender folks are twice as likely to experience homelessness as the general population? They are also twice as likely to experience unemployment. For transgender people of color that goes up to a staggering four times! Transgender people experience discrimination and even physical violence on a consistent basis. This session is an introduction to transgender people, their lives and issues. Transgender people are not always known and understood by others, and this training is meant to address this lack of information and experience with the objective to personalize transgender folks and to increase visibility and awareness while decreasing the discrimination, fear, hostility and violence that is routinely directed toward members of their population. Key learning objectives for this session are to:
The Advocacy in Action conference seeks to present a wide variety of topics, issues and exhibits. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the following supporting organizations: the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Children’s Justice Act Advocacy Group.
These organizations neither endorse nor assume responsibility for the concepts expressed during these programs.