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About Advanced Advocacy Training

Advanced Advocacy trainings are meant for experienced advocates looking to expand and deepen their knowledge of victim advocacy.

Available Courses:

Mind the Gap: 2023 NCA Advocacy Standards Training

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out in the 2023 Victim Advocacy Standard for Accreditation set forth by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). This training has been approved by the NCA.

Mind the Gap was developed by Family Advocates and Trainers at First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, MN. First Witness’ 24-hour Training for Advocates Working with a CAC is available for advocates who have not yet received the fundamental advocacy training as laid out by the NCA.

Porn, Let’s Talk About It

Currently, only 62% of our nation’s states require education on healthy relationships and so adolescents are left to fill in the gaps of what healthy sex looks like by turning to media and pornography’s representation of sexual relationships. As child abuse professionals, we can help families understand the disparities of sexual education and encourage facilitating open and age-appropriate dialogue with youth to empower them to make informed decisions around their sexual health and identity.

Building Advocacy Relationships with Resistive and Reluctant Caregivers

This advanced session will guide advocates to dive deeper into the relationships that they have with social services and law enforcement alongside the families they serve in the advocacy role. We will discuss the implications and the intersectionality of the notorious systems labeled ‘non-compliant’ caregivers throughout a case and/or child maltreatment investigation. The training will share the advocacy perspective rooted in the work of Ellen Pence and the Advocacy Learning Center, bridging grassroots work of domestic violence to the child advocacy center field. Participants will learn about how to better advocate for caregivers labeled as non-compliant, resistive, or reluctant. Trainers will facilitate discussion among participants designed to help shed light on the lived experiences of families of families and how they may present to multi-disciplinary professionals from a systems perspective.

Failure to Protect or Protective Factors? Identifying Protective Factors in the Co-occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

For advocates working with children disclosing abuse, it is important to align with caregivers to effectively advocate and amplify their voices during the investigation and healing process. Knowing that domestic abuse co-occurs at a substantially high rate alongside child abuse magnifies an advocate’s ability to engage caregivers to advocacy. In this session, participants will learn the barriers that victims of domestic violence face in leaving an abusive relationship, specifically when children are involved, and how system intervention may inadvertently create additional barriers. Additionally, the presenter will discuss barriers that children face to disclosing their own victimization when family violence is present in the home. We will examine protective factors that supportive caregivers have put in place to keep their children and themselves safe as well as how systems and advocates can best support families experiencing these types of victimization utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach.

Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Working with NOC’s Who Have Been Victims

Sexual abuse can be generational. Caregivers who have experienced abuse, now walk through our doors after a report from their own child. Their child’s report may trigger a new crisis stage for parents in their own healing journey. Understanding common experiences and needs of adult survivors can help advocates support them in their efforts to help support their children.

The Power of PCEs

Sexual abuse can be generational. Caregivers who have experienced abuse, now walk through our doors after a report from their own child. Their child’s report may trigger a new crisis stage for parents in their own healing journey. Understanding common experiences and needs of adult survivors can help advocates support them in their efforts to help support their children.

Advanced Advocacy

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out… Learn More

March 25, 2024 1-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

First Witness is pleased to offer Safe and Strong Child© Train the Presenter to CACs and other organizations interested in implementing a child abuse… Learn More

April 11–12, 2024

Format: TBD

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Advanced Advocacy

As Health and Human Service Professionals, we are aware of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the lasting effects that they can have on a developing… Learn More

April 17, 2024 11:30am - 1:30pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

This advanced session will guide advocates to dive deeper into the relationships that they have with social services and law enforcement alongside the families they… Learn More

June 7, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out… Learn More

June 12, 2024 9am - 12pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out… Learn More

August 26, 2024 1-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out… Learn More

December 11, 2024 9am - 12pm CT

Format: Online

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Available Courses

Meet Your Training Team

Ryan Prouty

Ryan Prouty

Prevention Education Coordinator/Family Advocate and Trainer
Ashley Krois

Ashley Krois

Lead Family Advocate and Trainer/Cultural Equity Specialist
Kristen Jones

Kristen Jones

Family Advocate and Trainer