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Advocate Training Schedule (Fall 2018)

Advocate Training Schedule (Fall 2018)

40-Hour Advocate Training (required for Direct Service Volunteer opportunities -- click HERE to complete the application)


Saturday, October 6th, 9:00am-5:00pm                                                                                                         

Presenter: Taylor Smith, Volunteer Program and Prevention Coordinator 

Intro. to Saving Grace (.5 hr), Self-Care (.5 hr), Ethics and Confidentiality/Advocate Privilege (2 hr)

Anti-Oppression and Privilege (3 hr), Sexism (1hr)   

Tuesday, October 9th, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Presenter: J-Bar J Staff; Crystal Cooper, Legal Advocate

Human Trafficking (1), Stalking (2 hr)  


Thursday, October 11th, 5:30pm-9:00pm 


Presenter: Trish Meyer, Interim Executive Director 

Dynamics of Domestic Violence (3.5 hr) 

Saturday, October 13th, 9:00am-4:00pm     


Presenters: Dara Pearson, LPC; Marlene Peraza, Shelter Advocate; Guest Presenters; Erin Rook and Kerani Mitchell 

Effects of Trauma, Mental Health, Suicide (2hr), Effects of Trauma on Children (1 hr)

Dismantling Racism/Heterosexism (3 hr)

Tuesday, October 16th, 5:30pm-9:00pm                                      

Presenter: Dara Pearson, LPC

Sexual Assault (3.5 hr) 

Thursday, October 18th, 5:30pm-9:00pm


Presenters: Christopher Yucho and Nicole Borchert, Mary’s Place Admin. Team Members/Facilitators

Batterers/Sex Offenders (3.5 hr)


Saturday, October 20th , 9:00am-4:00pm      


Presenters: Edlyn Ortiz, Bilingual Advocate; Nancy Seyler, Warm Springs Victims of Crimes Services Program Manager; Cori Griffin, Prineville Advocate, Ashby Rodriquez, Shelter Manager; Shana Falb, Courthouse Advocate

Latina Survivors (1hr), Tribal Law and Warm Springs (1 hr), Poverty and Rural Advocacy (1hr) 

Advocacy (3hr)

Tuesday, October 22rd, 5:30pm-9:00pm                         

Presenters: Taylor, Volunteer Program and Prevention Coordinator; Genevieve Menz, Violence Prevention Specialist; Guest Presenters from Legal Aid and Victim’s Assistance  

Legal Aid (1hr), Victim’s Assistance (1hr), Working with Teens and Prevention (1hr)


Thursday, October 25th - 5:30pm-9:00pm


Presenters: Emily Berger, Bend Advocate; Volunteer Panel

Elders and People with Disabilities (1hr)

Resources, Systems, Volunteer Panel, Sign Ups for Specialized Trainings (2 hr)

Advocate Descriptions


Children’s Advocate: We provide respite care for children in the emergency shelter as well as support groups for children in Bend and Redmond. Children’s advocates work to provide a safe and fun environment in which to educate their clients and encourage and foster healthy behaviors.

Courthouse Advocate: Courthouse Advocates are able to assist clients in filling out and filing various civil-legal documents. Courthouse Advocates are also able to prepare clients for the courtroom and accompany clients into court in order to provide support throughout the legal process.

Saving Grace advocates cannot provide any legal advice to clients.

*Hospital Response Team (HRT) Advocate: HRT consists of staff and volunteers who respond to St. Charles Medical Center for advocacy with sexual assault and domestic violence victims.  HRT Advocates provide emotional support, information and referrals to survivors. HRT Advocates must be able to respond to calls during evening and weekend shifts.

*24-Hour Helpline Advocate: Helpline Advocates provide crisis support, information and referrals to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Hotline Advocates serve at the “front line” of many domestic violence and sexual assault calls, providing an invaluable service to callers.  

Support Group Facilitator: Provide support groups for women who have experienced domestic violence in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville. Support group facilitators provide support, referrals and education about domestic violence to support group participants. In addition, facilitators maintain a safe and confidential environment in which the group can take place.


*Volunteers who can commit to one Hospital Response or Helpline shift per week will be prioritized for the 40-Hour training.

**Applications are due by EOD on September 21. Interviews ongoing through September 27.

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