Register now for a 7/2 virtual event: Disaster Management Considerations for Leaders Working for DV/SA Organizations: Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join us for an exciting July virtual interactive event:

Disaster Management Considerations for Leaders Working for DV/SA Organizations: Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual interactive event.  Join us for this learning session and stay tuned for information about upcoming webinars in 2020!

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Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Substance Use

Disaster Management Considerations for Leaders Working for DV/SA Organizations: Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, July 2, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MDT
11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT | 10:00 am – 11:30 am AKDT | 8:00 am – 9:30 am HST

The impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our world is vast and evolving.  In response, your day-to-day work as a leader within the field of domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) is being challenged in new ways.  As leaders, you already have a robust and effective toolkit you rely on; however, since this disaster’s breadth is unlike anything we’ve experienced, this virtual learning opportunity is designed to offer additional support and considerations with the hope of helping to sustain you as you guide staff and serve survivors.

Our presenter, Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW, will share lessons learned from her experience with disaster management and response while working within the field of DV/SA post natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.

This interactive virtual learning experience will provide an opportunity to explore:

  • Essential disaster management practices to implement now, if you haven’t already, that prioritize advocates’ mental health (and your own)
  • What disaster-related survivor guilt is and how to prepare for it
  • Impacts and opportunities during each phase of disaster management
  • Individual, collective, and historical trauma
  • Strategies to promote resilience
  • Specific ways to support staff mental health and well-being
  • How to care for yourself while supporting staff
  • A summary of available supports

Because of its interactive nature, this learning session is limited to 60 participants.  It is designed for DV/SA program leadership, so we encourage staff such as program directors, supervisors, and executive directors to register.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Presented by:

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW
Founder and President, Blackbird Consulting for Nonprofits, LLC
Project Manager, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW is the Founder and President of Blackbird Consulting for Nonprofits, LLC, a consultancy that supports nonprofit organizations in carrying out their missions to best serve their constituency. Julie Ann began her career in the movement to end intimate partner abuse by providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence at Alternatives for Battered Women of Rochester, NY, and as Shelter Director for Refuge House in Tallahassee, FL. From 2004-2016, Julie Ann worked for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she served as Vice President of Programs. Currently, she serves as the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health’s Project Manager for an Office for Victims of Crime grant program that seeks to increase access to services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who have a psychiatric disability. For Julie Ann, the intersection of intimate partner violence and mental health is deeply personal: Julie Ann’s mother lived with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and survived abuse. As her mother’s advocate, Julie Ann witnessed firsthand the stigma and discrimination that survivors face. Julie Ann’s mission is to work to eliminate those stigmas and myths while helping to create a violence-free future for all.

In addition to her expertise in nonprofit management, Julie Ann has an extensive history of developing and implementing natural and human-made disaster preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and critical incident support programming to support nonprofit organizations with the ultimate goal of minimizing service provision interruption and impact on the nonprofit’s constituency following a disaster. Programming includes a “help the helper” focus to also support staff. Julie Ann’s disaster experience started during Florida’s 2004 hurricane season when four major hurricanes made landfall. She also assisted programs in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, in New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy and in Texas, Florida and Louisiana after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also co-authored the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration’s disaster curriculum “Domestic Violence Advocacy: Disaster Response with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.” Julie Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College, and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She is also a certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator.

To register, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Registration: Disaster Management Considerations for Leaders Working for DV/SA Organizations

This interactive event is free of charge.  For more information, please contact Karla Alegria via email or by phone at 312-726-7020 or 312-957-0449 (TTY).

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