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Resilience Hosting a Series of Trainings on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Resilience Hosting a Series of Trainings on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Join Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence for their upcoming training series on domestic and sexual violence.

The workshops are encouraged to be attended by social workers, service providers, and advocates supporting survivors of sexual assault and is also open to those who have an interest in these topics.

As the local experts in the field of domestic and sexual abuse and abuse prevention, Resilience is poised to provide valuable information surrounding these difficult topics. ““A coordinated community response is critical.” commented Beth Larsen, Executive Director for Resilience. “The frequency and severity of domestic and sexual violence in our community continues to alarm us. According to the 2021 Michigan Incident Crime Report, Ottawa County ranked fourth in the State for total victims of domestic violence, surpassing both Kent and Muskegon Counties. We are seeing a significant uptick in the number of community agencies inquiring about training for their staff, and we are thrilled to equip them with the tools necessary to recognize abuse and then to intervene safely. We cannot do this alone.”

The series dates and times are below. All workshops are virtual and sign-up fees vary depending on the topic. Social work continuing education is available for each training.

September 20 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT – Fee $35

“The Road to Resiliency After Sexual Assault”

This virtual training will look at how trauma impacts the brain and what healing from a sexual assault could look like, because it's different for everyone. We'll discuss the neurobiology of trauma and triggers. We will also explore healing, coping, resiliency, and the importance of self - care.

September 28 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT – Fee $35

“Navigating Title IX”

This virtual training will explore the history of Title IX and what the process looks like on a college campus. We will discuss the definition of sexual harassment specific to Title IX and go through the process step by step to decrease anxiety around the process. We will explore the changes in Title IX since 2020 and how the changes impact both the complainant and the respondent. Panelists include Rachel Dziabuda, the Victim Advocate at Grand Valley State University and Kelsey Colburn, MSW, the Prevention Educator and Victim Advocate at Hope College.

October 13 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT – Fee $35

“Understanding Gaslighting in Intimate Partner Relationships”

This 2-hour virtual training will explore the complex dynamics of gaslighting as a coercive control tactic in intimate partner relationships. Participants will learn from domestic abuse survivors about their individual experiences with gaslighting and how they were able to disentangle themselves from this insidious, and often minimized, form of emotional abuse.

October 25- 9:00 AM – 3:15 PM EDT Fee $50

“Resilient Communities: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Survivors”

Resilient Communities: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Survivors is a workshop designed to elevate the community's preparedness to respond to survivors using a survivor- centered, empowerment-based, and trauma-informed approach. Equipping service providers to have an increased understanding of the complex factors survivors face helps to increase resiliency for survivors and decrease their likelihood of secondary victimization. Promoting self - care and coping strategies can help to decrease the impact of vicarious trauma on service providers and those providing survivor support.

To participate in these trainings, please visit the Resilience Training web page at or reach out to

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