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2015 Immediate Response Skills for Victim Advocates

Course Information

PDAI’s Victim Services Education & Training Subcommittee has designed this three-day workshop in conjunction with KCIT and PCCD. The training has been approved to meet PCCD’s Consolidated Victim Services Program Training Standard which states “NOVA and/ or KCIT Training is required for crime scene response” for victims’ services program staff providing this service. This three–day interactive workshop will address but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Immediate and Long–term Trauma Responses
  • Providing Effective Crisis Response
  • The Role of Resilience
  • An Advocates Role on Scene
  • Death Notification
  • Advocate Safety
  • Self– Care

This training will not meet PCCD’s Consolidated Victim Service Program Training Standard for providing community crisis response or debriefing.

Featured Presenter

Mary Jo Harwood, MSW. LSW
Mary Jo  is a trauma and conflict management specialist with over 30 years of experience in responding to crisis, treating trauma and building conflict competent communities. This includes the design, leadership, and deployment of crisis teams; responding to both national and international incidents of mass casualty and war, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She is a community mediator, who has worked with diverse populations to resolve conflict that is often associated with post crisis response and community rebuilding.  She is a skilled trainer, mediator and educator with expertise in trauma, vicarious trauma and conflict management.  Mary Jo’s primary contributions have been developing and presenting trainings nationally and internationally that examine the intersection of trauma and conflict which can be barriers to self-actualization and to healthy communities thriving. Her teaching of the neurobiology of trauma is often described as “a practical application of the theory that guides recovery and healing.”


Registration closes Friday, October 30, 2015. To register online now please click on the Register Now button at the top of this course description. You can also download the registration form and mail or fax it to:

Donna R, Hull
Victim Services Training/ SAVIN Consultant
806 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Fax: (888) 486-5134

The registration fee for this three-day program is $100 per person and includes training materials and meals.Please make checks payable to PDAI and mail them to Donna Hull. Checks must have participant’s name (s) on the front of the check or check stub.


All cancelations must be received in writing before October 23, 2015. No refunds will be issued for cancelations received after November 3, 2013. Substitute attendees are permissible at any time.


Attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and expenses. Rooms can be reserved at The Atherton Hotel by contacting the hotel directly at (814) 231-2100 or (800) 832-0132.  To receive a single room rate of $82 plus tax, make your room reservation by October 4, 2015 and mention the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.


PDAI is pleased to offer four scholarships for victim service professionals with two years of experience  to attend this training. These scholarships are funded through a grant awarded to PDAI by PCCD for the purpose of expanding training to victim service professionals and will subsidize the cost associated with attending this training. Recipients are selected based upon the information provided in the application and the number of scholarships previously awarded to the applicant’s agency. Click here for the Scholarship Application






November 4th, 2015 8:30 AM   through   November 6th, 2015 4:30 PM
The Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
United States
America South, Central, North and Caribbean
Phone: 814-231-2100
Funding Source
Number of Years?
2 years $ 0.00
2 + years $ 0.00
5+ years $ 0.00
Ageny Type
System- based
Community- based
Cost $ 100.00

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The Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
United States