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May, 2021

Tuesday
4
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Married to Trauma: A Real Look at the Partners of First Responders
They see things differently than most, and we know it. We know what chair in the restaurant they want to sit in, we know they do not want to talk about their day because unlike our day, it was cold, it was dirty, and most likely, it was physically and emotionally draining. Join us in this private webinar as the partner of a fireman and a policeman discuss the impact trauma has on one’s marriage and the ways some get through those tough days.
May 4, 2021 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday
10
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OVWA is honored to host Steve Derene, co-founder and retired Executive The Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA), for this virtual training to improve our understanding of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) and VOCA. The event is free and open to the public!
Wednesday
12
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Project FIND Adapted Training
Forensic Interviewing Individuals Who Do Not Speak

The Adapted FIND three-day training is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and/or those working with individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures to communicate, speak few words or utilize a communication device. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Topics include:

Person First/Identity First Language;
History of Disabilities;
Statistics and Incident Rates;
Myths/Biases/Assumptions;
Language and Perspective;
Overview and Tips for Communicating with Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Assistive Communication Devices;
Adapted Interviewing for Individuals Who Do Not Speak; and
Post-Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training and practicing a multi-session interview based on an assigned case scenario on the final day.

Minimum expectations:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min. 32 hours) and/or equivalent investigative or interviewing training
Demonstrated experience in interviewing and/or investigating allegations of abuse and neglect
Maximum number of attendees: 16
Wednesday
12
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Please join OVWA and Teri LaJeunesse, OAN Review Committee Chair
Attendees will learn about the Ohio Advocate Network (OAN) for purposes of registering and receiving credentialing as a Registered Advocate in the State of Ohio as well as the benefits of becoming a Registered Advocate in the state of Ohio.
Thursday
13
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Project FIND Adapted Training
Forensic Interviewing Individuals Who Do Not Speak

The Adapted FIND three-day training is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and/or those working with individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures to communicate, speak few words or utilize a communication device. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Topics include:

Person First/Identity First Language;
History of Disabilities;
Statistics and Incident Rates;
Myths/Biases/Assumptions;
Language and Perspective;
Overview and Tips for Communicating with Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Assistive Communication Devices;
Adapted Interviewing for Individuals Who Do Not Speak; and
Post-Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training and practicing a multi-session interview based on an assigned case scenario on the final day.

Minimum expectations:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min. 32 hours) and/or equivalent investigative or interviewing training
Demonstrated experience in interviewing and/or investigating allegations of abuse and neglect
Maximum number of attendees: 16
Friday
14
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Project FIND Adapted Training
Forensic Interviewing Individuals Who Do Not Speak

The Adapted FIND three-day training is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and/or those working with individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures to communicate, speak few words or utilize a communication device. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Topics include:

Person First/Identity First Language;
History of Disabilities;
Statistics and Incident Rates;
Myths/Biases/Assumptions;
Language and Perspective;
Overview and Tips for Communicating with Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
Assistive Communication Devices;
Adapted Interviewing for Individuals Who Do Not Speak; and
Post-Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training and practicing a multi-session interview based on an assigned case scenario on the final day.

Minimum expectations:

Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min. 32 hours) and/or equivalent investigative or interviewing training
Demonstrated experience in interviewing and/or investigating allegations of abuse and neglect
Maximum number of attendees: 16
Wednesday
19
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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.