Educational Programs for Professionals

Response to Sexual Assault Victims

Every 92 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in the United States. One in three women and one in six men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Sexual violence does not discriminate. It   impacts every community.   It affects people of all ages, genders, socio-economic status and ethnicity. Your response matters.

In this training we will discuss the short and long-term impacts of sexual violence, system victims often encounter, options available, and skills and knowledge needed to more effectively respond to victims of sexual assault.

Response to Domestic Violence Victims

Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. At least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family. Domestic violence is a leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States. First responders, social service agencies and health care providers may be the only ones to have contact with the victims and the opportunity to screen.  During this training we will discuss signs of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence, barriers to screening and ways to screen, what to do with disclosures, risk factors to responding and safety.

Only available in Wyoming County.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious and widespread problem. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence and includes unwelcome comments, physical contact, or exposure to visuals of a sexual nature. The impact of sexual harassment can be severe not only for individuals, but for places of employment, and entire communities. This training will focus on:

  • Strengthening workplace policies and procedures
  • Build employees’ knowledge of sexual harassment
  • By-stander intervention skills for employees to intervene
  • Enhance the abilities of managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals to respond to reports of harassment
  • Ways to promote a safe and respectful workplace
Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.  Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement. The main focus of this training will be on sex trafficking.  First responders, social service agencies and health care providers have unique opportunities to intervene on behalf of trafficking victims. During this training we will discuss signs of sex trafficking, barriers to screening, ways to screen, and how to respond to disclosures.

Recognizing Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting

Protecting children is the responsibility of us all. But certain professionals, due to their contact with children, have special responsibilities. Mandated reporters are of critical importance in child abuse prevention. Mandated reporters are people who are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect. This course has been approved by the Department of Human Services in Accordance with Act 31 of 2014 and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in accordance with Act 126 of the Pennsylvania Public school code. Those who attend a two- or three-hour training will receive a certificate and for those who hold a license or certification through the Department of State are eligible for CEU’s.

Call Tammi Burke at 570-823-0766 ext. 106 for more information

Want to Learn More?

Whether you’re looking to create a safe work environment or want to learn how to spot and respond to abuse you may encounter in your profession, we can help.