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March, 2021

Monday
8
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The Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities (Project FIND) certificate is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and or working with individuals with disabilities. The certificate is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, mental health disorder, language capacity and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Curriculum topic areas include:

Statistics and History of Disabilities;
Myths, Bias, and Assumptions;
Assuming Normal Intelligence;
Change in Language and Perspective;
Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders including Intellectual Disabilities;
Autism Spectrum Disorder;
Cerebral Palsy;
Physical Disabilities;
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
Communication Disorders;
Mental Health Disorders;
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders;
Bipolar and Related Disorders;
Depressive Disorders;
Anxiety Disorders;
Trauma-Related Disorders;
The Role of Race and Culture in Interviewing;
Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities;
Introduction to the Adapted Protocol for Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Interview Considerations for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders; and
Post Interview Considerations
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum that is scored on a pass/fail basis.

Minimum requirements include:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min 32 hours)
Completion of 100 interviews and or a minimum 2 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or an expert review/letter of recommendation.
Tuesday
9
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The Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities (Project FIND) certificate is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and or working with individuals with disabilities. The certificate is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, mental health disorder, language capacity and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Curriculum topic areas include:

Statistics and History of Disabilities;
Myths, Bias, and Assumptions;
Assuming Normal Intelligence;
Change in Language and Perspective;
Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders including Intellectual Disabilities;
Autism Spectrum Disorder;
Cerebral Palsy;
Physical Disabilities;
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
Communication Disorders;
Mental Health Disorders;
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders;
Bipolar and Related Disorders;
Depressive Disorders;
Anxiety Disorders;
Trauma-Related Disorders;
The Role of Race and Culture in Interviewing;
Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities;
Introduction to the Adapted Protocol for Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Interview Considerations for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders; and
Post Interview Considerations
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum that is scored on a pass/fail basis.

Minimum requirements include:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min 32 hours)
Completion of 100 interviews and or a minimum 2 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or an expert review/letter of recommendation.
Tuesday
9
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OCVJC Victims’ Rights Training is a FREE four-hour comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training that informs trainees about the legal rights of victims and the ethical obligations of those assisting them. The training includes a focus on access to justice for crime victims. Many of these rights have changed with the passage of 2017’s Issue 1, Marsy’s Law. This training will update criminal justice system officials and related professionals on these changes to victims’ constitutional and statutory rights.

This event will be held virtually on the platform Zoom. The link to attend this event will be sent through Eventbrite to those who have registered.
Wednesday
10
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The Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities (Project FIND) certificate is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and or working with individuals with disabilities. The certificate is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, mental health disorder, language capacity and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Curriculum topic areas include:

Statistics and History of Disabilities;
Myths, Bias, and Assumptions;
Assuming Normal Intelligence;
Change in Language and Perspective;
Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders including Intellectual Disabilities;
Autism Spectrum Disorder;
Cerebral Palsy;
Physical Disabilities;
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
Communication Disorders;
Mental Health Disorders;
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders;
Bipolar and Related Disorders;
Depressive Disorders;
Anxiety Disorders;
Trauma-Related Disorders;
The Role of Race and Culture in Interviewing;
Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities;
Introduction to the Adapted Protocol for Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Interview Considerations for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders; and
Post Interview Considerations
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum that is scored on a pass/fail basis.

Minimum requirements include:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min 32 hours)
Completion of 100 interviews and or a minimum 2 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or an expert review/letter of recommendation.
Wednesday
10
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Join OVWA and Shawn Moser Lead Economic Loss Investigator in the Crime Victim Services Section. Ohio Attorney General’s Office,  to learn about the Ohio Crime Victim Compensation Program. Attendees will learn how the CVC program can assist victims of crime, and obtain information about policies, procedures and guidelines for assisting victims in the application process.
If you are in need of accommodations, please email us at info@ovwa.org by March 3, 2021.
Thursday
11
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The Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities (Project FIND) certificate is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and or working with individuals with disabilities. The certificate is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, mental health disorder, language capacity and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Curriculum topic areas include:

Statistics and History of Disabilities;
Myths, Bias, and Assumptions;
Assuming Normal Intelligence;
Change in Language and Perspective;
Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders including Intellectual Disabilities;
Autism Spectrum Disorder;
Cerebral Palsy;
Physical Disabilities;
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
Communication Disorders;
Mental Health Disorders;
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders;
Bipolar and Related Disorders;
Depressive Disorders;
Anxiety Disorders;
Trauma-Related Disorders;
The Role of Race and Culture in Interviewing;
Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities;
Introduction to the Adapted Protocol for Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Interview Considerations for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders; and
Post Interview Considerations
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum that is scored on a pass/fail basis.

Minimum requirements include:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min 32 hours)
Completion of 100 interviews and or a minimum 2 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or an expert review/letter of recommendation.
Friday
12
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The Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities (Project FIND) certificate is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and or working with individuals with disabilities. The certificate is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, mental health disorder, language capacity and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Curriculum topic areas include:

Statistics and History of Disabilities;
Myths, Bias, and Assumptions;
Assuming Normal Intelligence;
Change in Language and Perspective;
Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders including Intellectual Disabilities;
Autism Spectrum Disorder;
Cerebral Palsy;
Physical Disabilities;
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
Communication Disorders;
Mental Health Disorders;
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders;
Bipolar and Related Disorders;
Depressive Disorders;
Anxiety Disorders;
Trauma-Related Disorders;
The Role of Race and Culture in Interviewing;
Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities;
Introduction to the Adapted Protocol for Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Interview Considerations for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders; and
Post Interview Considerations
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum that is scored on a pass/fail basis.

Minimum requirements include:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min 32 hours)
Completion of 100 interviews and or a minimum 2 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or an expert review/letter of recommendation.
Monday
15
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The Project FIND Foundations five-day training teaches participants the basic skills they need when performing forensic interviews for adult crime victims. It is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations for memory, trauma and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support professionals as they gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner.

Curriculum topic areas include:

Trauma Informed Approach;
Interview Setting;
Remaining Neutral;
Reducing Authoritative Presence of Interviewer;
Communication Skills;
Memory;
Abuse Dynamics;
Question Types;
Engagement and Rapport;
Interview Instructions;
Transition to Topic of Concern;
Topic of Concern;
Closure; and
Post Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training.

Maximum Number of Attendees: 24
Tuesday
16
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The Project FIND Foundations five-day training teaches participants the basic skills they need when performing forensic interviews for adult crime victims. It is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations for memory, trauma and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support professionals as they gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner.

Curriculum topic areas include:

Trauma Informed Approach;
Interview Setting;
Remaining Neutral;
Reducing Authoritative Presence of Interviewer;
Communication Skills;
Memory;
Abuse Dynamics;
Question Types;
Engagement and Rapport;
Interview Instructions;
Transition to Topic of Concern;
Topic of Concern;
Closure; and
Post Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training.

Maximum Number of Attendees: 24
Wednesday
17
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The Project FIND Foundations five-day training teaches participants the basic skills they need when performing forensic interviews for adult crime victims. It is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations for memory, trauma and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support professionals as they gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner.

Curriculum topic areas include:

Trauma Informed Approach;
Interview Setting;
Remaining Neutral;
Reducing Authoritative Presence of Interviewer;
Communication Skills;
Memory;
Abuse Dynamics;
Question Types;
Engagement and Rapport;
Interview Instructions;
Transition to Topic of Concern;
Topic of Concern;
Closure; and
Post Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training.

Maximum Number of Attendees: 24
Wednesday
17
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Crisis Intervention
March 17, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SS-VV-PP: Safety, Security, Ventilation, Validation,
Prediction, Preparation. Learn the NOVA’s six easy
steps to providing crisis intervention to individuals
experiencing a traumatic event. Social Work CEUs
available for live webinar.
CEUs: 4 | Cost: $100
Thursday
18
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The Project FIND Foundations five-day training teaches participants the basic skills they need when performing forensic interviews for adult crime victims. It is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations for memory, trauma and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support professionals as they gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner.

Curriculum topic areas include:

Trauma Informed Approach;
Interview Setting;
Remaining Neutral;
Reducing Authoritative Presence of Interviewer;
Communication Skills;
Memory;
Abuse Dynamics;
Question Types;
Engagement and Rapport;
Interview Instructions;
Transition to Topic of Concern;
Topic of Concern;
Closure; and
Post Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training.

Maximum Number of Attendees: 24
Thursday
18
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In this engaging webinar, you will learn how to use trauma-informed approaches to assist immigrant and refugee families. Topics include the basics of immigration, the differences between legal and undocumented immigrants, and legal remedies. As an advocate, you will understand the importance of cultural humility and have the opportunity to improve the quality of the survivors’ lives. You will have access to resources that facilitate the integration of the immigrant and refugee survivors through education, training, and other supportive services. The training will conclude with a 30-minute panel discussion.

ODVN Trainers: Amy Harcar, Family Care Manager at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) serving central Ohio; Kim Alabasi, Esq., Immigration Attorney serving Cuyahoga and Lake Counties; Samantha Salamon, Esq., Attorney for Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA) serving Akron and Cleveland areas

Moderator: Denise Kontras, RA, MA, ODVN Training Coordinator
Friday
19
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The Project FIND Foundations five-day training teaches participants the basic skills they need when performing forensic interviews for adult crime victims. It is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations for memory, trauma and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support professionals as they gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner.

Curriculum topic areas include:

Trauma Informed Approach;
Interview Setting;
Remaining Neutral;
Reducing Authoritative Presence of Interviewer;
Communication Skills;
Memory;
Abuse Dynamics;
Question Types;
Engagement and Rapport;
Interview Instructions;
Transition to Topic of Concern;
Topic of Concern;
Closure; and
Post Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training.

Maximum Number of Attendees: 24
Friday
19
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OVWA Quarterly Membership Training - Cybersafety and Social Media Ethics for Victims/Survivors, Advocates, and Allied Professionals


Please join OVWA‘s Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Wendy Ricks-Hoff, and Bill Wagg, from thinkCSC, for a training based upon OVWA‘s guides, Cybersafety for Victims of Crime and its companion guide, Cybersafety for Advocates and Allied Professionals.

Attendees will gain an understanding of internet functionality and social media platforms; how to assess threats that could pose problems for both victims of crime, advocates, and within agencies; ethical considerations for the use of technology and social media; and tips to protect data confidentiality.
Wednesday
24
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This session provides an overview of how the batterer and their tactics create traumatic experiences, grief, and loss in children and teens‘ lives. You will explore trauma-informed approaches in communicating with children along with their parents. Highlights will include how a batterer‘s tactics toward the whole family impact the survivor‘s emotional and physical safety feelings. Helpers will better understand how a batterer deprives their child of empathy and consistency, sabotages the parenting role, and creates trauma and chronic stress experiences. Participants will learn trauma-informed approaches in allying with both youth and parent survivors. The resources and handouts shared will enhance your work with young people and their parents.


ODVN Trainer: Sonia Ferencik, LISW-S, RA, Youth Advocacy & Trauma Informed Services
Thursday
25
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OCVJC Victims’ Rights Training is a FREE four-hour comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training that informs trainees about the legal rights of victims and the ethical obligations of those assisting them. The training includes a focus on access to justice for crime victims. Many of these rights have changed with the passage of 2017’s Issue 1, Marsy’s Law. This training will update criminal justice system officials and related professionals on these changes to victims’ constitutional and statutory rights.

This event will be held virtually on the platform Zoom. The link to attend this event will be sent through Eventbrite to those who have registered.