Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Training of Trainers March 7, 2011

Each year, the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services offers a free Training of Trainers to our Academy Trainers, as well as others in the larger victim services community who might be interested. Below you will find a short description of the day. Please feel free to pass this along to your colleagues or anyone who might be interested.

2011 Training of Trainers

Hazen's Notch Conference Room
Summit Learning Center, State Office Complex, Osgood Building
Waterbury, Vermont

10 :00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
March 7, 2011

In this 5 ½ hour training, participants will review and analyze such training techniques as:
Creating Clear and Achievable Goals
Group Management Skills
Effective Facilitation Skills
Participants will also have the chance to practice these techniques in this interactive learning environment.

To register or for more information, contact:
RocĂ­o C. Mora, Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator
Vermont Network Against Domestic& Sexual Violence
(802) 223-1302 ext. 109

The 2011 Advanced Victim Assistance
Academy: Training of Trainers is sponsored by the VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual
Violence, and the VT Center for Crime Victim Services.

Directions to the Summit Learning Center:

From I-89 (North or South):
Take Exit 10
From 89 South, turn Left onto Rt 100 South
From 89 North, merge (Right) onto Rt 100 South
Head towards Waterbury on Rt 100 South
At the Stop sign at the bottom of the hill turn Left. This is still Rt 100 South and it also becomes Main St. Follow Main St through 2 sets of lights. At the second set of lights, turn Right onto Park Row St. Continue straight through the stop sign. The State Office Complex will be on your left. Look for parking in the large parking lot on your right. After you park, the large building that you will see is Osgood and the Summit Learning Center is on the ground floor.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Film on Child Sex Trafficking to be Shown at St. Michael's College

FILM: “Playground: the Child Sex Trade in America”

Screening and Discussion with the Filmmaker

Monday, March 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College

While traveling to the Philippines in 2001, filmmaker Libby Spears gained first-hand knowledge of the horrific practice of trafficking human beings for sexual exploitation. She dug a little deeper and discovered that most of these victims were young children. She was further astonished to find the involvement of the United States and the degree to which the U.S. was influencing the global demand and growth of the sex-trafficking industry. This powerful yet poignant film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.There is no admission cost.

Contact Laurie Gagne for more information: lgagne@smcvt.edu

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Painful Aspect of our Work

One of the most distressing aspects of our work with refugees, immigrants and asylees is the task of identifying a survivor of torture. However, this also opens up an opportunity for that person to receive support and the prospect of healing.

A recent report from the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture points out that one step in identifying a survivor of torture is knowing the condition of the country they are coming from. They are creating a series of country condition reports in the hope of increasing our ability to recognize and effectively work with torture survivors.

The first two of these reports, on the Democratic Republic of Congo, and on Cuba, are available at the following links:



If you have questions about serving survivors of torture through your program, the New England Survivors of Trauma and Torture (NESTT) has resources for you. Contact them at:

2 Colchester Avenue, Burllington, VT, Department of Psychology - University of Vermont
Tel: 802-656-5715 - 802-565-5715