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Professional Training

We are excited to announce our 2014 - 2015 Day One Lecture Series!

Workshops are taught by Day One Clinical, Advocacy and Education Staff.

3 NASW CEUs will be available for each workshop.

A reminder to everyone who attended Day One's 1st Annual Conference on June 19, 2014 - we are offering you a 50% registration discount for all 2014 workshops (including CEUs)!

For more information please contact: Karyn Watkins, Training Specialist at kwatkins@dayoneri.org or (401) 421-4100 x162.

(2nd Wednesday of the Month)
Time Topic Location
October 8, 2014 9:00am - noon
Bystander Intervention: A Strategy to Prevent Sexual Violence

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
November 12, 2014 9:00am - noon
Self-Harming Behaviors and Trauma

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
December 10, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Developmental Disability-Focused Therapeutic and Advocacy Responses to Trauma

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
Please note there is no workshop scheduled for January 2015.
February 11, 2015 9:00am - noon
Expressive Modalities in Trauma Treatment

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
March 11, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Responding to Elder Abuse

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
April 8, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault: Advocacy, Treatment, and Activism

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Day One Conference: Thursday, April 30, 2015!
Pre-Conference Event on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
April 29, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm Pre-Conference:
State of the State on Human Trafficking in RI
Providence Marriott Downtown
1 Orms Street, Providence
April 30, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm 2nd Annual Conference! Providence Marriott Downtown
1 Orms Street, Providence
May 13, 2015 9:00am - noon
Holistic Approaches to Combating Vicarious Traumatization

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence
June 10, 2015 9:00am - noon
Psychological First Aid

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Day One 100 Medway Street, Providence


This workshop will present information about the concept of primary prevention, preventing violence before it starts, and explore a multi-level approach to bystander intervention as an effective strategy. An overview of the bystander phenomenon and the influence of social norms will be examined in regard to their influence and impact on bystanders' reaction to abusive behavior. The program will provide participants with skills to sharpen their ability to recognize abuse, offer practical strategies, and supply activities that can be used with adolescents to help them develop intervention skills.


Learning objectives for this clinically-focused workshop will cover reenactment versus attention seeking behaviors; self-punishment; numbing; using the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model to talk about and assess these problematic and harmful behaviors; and safety planning with trauma-impacted clients.


This workshop will focus on the identification of vulnerable populations; provide concrete tools to use with trauma-impacted DD youth and adults; model session planning and advocacy for DD clients versus neurotypical clients; and provide an overview of complimentary and conjunctive treatments and services for trauma-impacted DD clients.


In this workshop learn why "bottom-up" approaches are often more effective in decreasing problematic behaviors for our clients; review the importance of creation and implementation of informed consent for expressive materials made in session; and identify types of successful expressive modalities, and interactive therapeutic activities to use with clients for trauma processing.


As a result of this training participants will be able to: describe the dynamics of elder abuse; practice a victim-centered approach to abuse that builds on an older adult's strengths and support systems; and identify and utilize resources in the community for older individuals who have experienced abuse.


Hope. Healing. Action! Learn about the many ways to support someone who has disclosed sexual abuse or assault, and identify the resources available for survivors.


In this workshop, participants will learn how to assess for vicarious traumatization. They will complete self-assessments and learn to develop a self-care tool box; focusing on ritual and routine that can be used as a helping professional and replicated with clients. Participants will learn how to identify personal signs and symptoms leading to compassion fatigue, and create safety plans for combating it.


Participants will learn the concept of Psychological First Aid (PFA). They will learn, through active participation, the steps to PFA in responding to victims of acute trauma in various scenarios. Participants will also learn how to apply these skills in session to clients who are actively traumatized, experiencing flashbacks, or having somatic symptoms in response to dissociation.

Education Specialists:

Sandra Malone, M.A. (Education and Counseling), Coordinator of Prevention Education, has been with Day One for over fifteen years, has extensive experience in program development and training, and has presented hundreds of workshops to elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as to professionals and other adults in the community.

Gloria Benson, M.S., Prevention Education Specialist, has recently joined the Day One Staff. Ms. Benson majored in Human Development and Family Studies and has three years experience in prevention education (substance abuse and domestic violence). Ms. Benson is primarily organizing the Your Voice, Your View, High School Media Campaign, as well as presenting other workshops to students and parents in RI schools.

Volunteer Advocate Training for Victims of Crime Helpline
Volunteer advocates provide support, information, referrals and safety planning to victims at hospitals and police departments throughout Rhode Island. This 36-hour training provides them with skills, knowledge, and confidence to work with victims of all ages. There is particular need for volunteers who are bilingual and able to work with diverse populations.

The Victims of Crime Helpline is a collaborative project between Day one and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, on behalf of the six domestic violence agencies of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The next training session to be announced.
Trainings are held weeknights from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Day One. Meals will be provided.

For more information and to sign up, contact:

Past training topics have included:

This workshop will cover basic information on how to navigate and safely use websites like MySpace and Facebook. The correlation of technology use and the current escalation of concerns associated with safety will be examined. Information concerning sexual abuse and other safety issues relating to online use by children, adolescents and adults will be addressed.

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the history, dynamics, and different forms of sexual harassment to better understand the nature of this phenomenon. In addition, street harassment, the objectification of women, progression of sexual violence, social norms, and policy development will be explored to enable participants to create healthy environments as well as respond to situations.

This overview will provide participants with information concerning the dynamics and progression of sexual violence. Myths about victimization and offending and how they reinforce and perpetuate violent attitudes and behaviors are explored. Topics covered include: different forms of sexual abuse, consent issues, types of force, effects of victimization, rape trauma syndrome, and disclosing and reporting issues.

Older Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities
This initiative was made possible with grant funding from the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S.
Department of Justice (Grant #2004-EW-AX-K008). Spearheaded by Day One - The Sexual Assault and
Trauma Resource Center and its partners - the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, PAL: An Advocacy
Organization for Families and People with Disabilities, the Alliance for Better Long Term Care, and the Elder
Justice Unit of the RI Attorney General's Office - this initiative provided training opportunities for law
enforcement, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals. The primary training topics prepared criminal justice professionals to identify, investigate and prosecute instances of abuse, neglect,
exploitation and violence, both domestic and sexual, against the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Advocacy Collaboration Training
ACT to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities
Day one, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and PAL: An Advocacy Organization for Families and People with Disabilities, planned a Train-the-Trainers program for Rhode Island professionals and advocates in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault, and disability services.

The workshops consisted of interactive sessions to give participants a comprehensive understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, disability and their intersection. One of the most important components of the workshop was the opportunity to bring together professionals in the fields of sexual assault, domestic violence and disability advocacy for the first time to network, problem-solve and build partnerships for prevention and safety planning. Additionally, information on how to effectively facilitate discussion and train on these issues was an integral part of the Train-the-Trainers program.

One of the main training materials, given to participants, was a Resource Guide of services available to individuals with disabilities, and those who work with them. This Resource Guide is used by Rhode Island professionals in the domestic violence, sexual assault, and disability fields to make referrals, obtain information, and further collaborative efforts being made by all those trying to better serve people in our communities. We provided comprehensive agency information including agency hours, languages spoken, and brief descriptions of any advocacy, counseling, or direct services available to individuals with disabilities.

This project is supported by Grant #2004-FW-AX-K021, an Education and Technical Assistance Grant to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities, awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice.



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