Management

WCSAP Webpage
April, 2011

Sexual assault program managers are drawn to the coaching model of supervision because it is in line with the values we have in our field. The coaching approach is attractive because:

  • it is strengths-based
  • it is based on respect for staff members
  • it encourages professional growth and development

When we coach, we listen more than we talk, we facilitate rather than control, and we work with staff members to come up with solutions that are a good…

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Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2016

Washington State has 37 accredited community based advocacy agencies serving each county, as well as many community based by and for community specific advocacy agencies. Some counties also have system based advocacy; many ask why have both and what are the differences? It is crucial for system partners, advocates and communities to understand the importance of the differences, and it is our role as community based sexual assault advocacy agencies to be able to clearly communicate this to…

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Program Provision, Theory & Concepts
Building Connections and Affecting Change
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June, 2017

The articles in this issue of "PISC" provide several examples of programming that is driven by those in the community. While the programs utilize slightly different approaches and activities, there is a central theme of flexibility in the way these programs have worked with stakeholders. Some of the stories you will read are about groups just beginning their journey of social change while others describe more long-standing community approaches. Some stories describe the use of specific…

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Planning, Strategies, Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) has recently released two free resources that should be helpful to community sexual assault program managers:

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Confidentiality & Privilege, Management
WCSAP Webpage
December, 2016

Ensuring the sustainability of your organization is dependent upon its preparedness for the unforeseen. Agencies should not only be prepared for external factors such as natural disasters but also should be prepared for personnel emergencies, such as the sudden illness or resignation of the executive director.  Plans can be made to make an unexpected transition smoother and ensure the agency maintains services in a crisis.

First review the executive director job description and…

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Planning
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

What is a Staff Workplan?

A staff workplan serves as a road map for an individual staff person. It is not a job description, but it serves as a tool for every staff person to outline or map out their responsibilities for a specific time frame, such as the coming week, month, quarter, or year. The workplan should be developed by each staff person to include their respective projects (whether individually or team-based), deliverables, training activities, and self-care plans with the…

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Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
July, 2014

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Resource Sharing Project have provided some excellent information on how dual or multi agencies can ensure that their sexual assault advocacy and community activism remains strong. Their article, Opening Doors: Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual/Multi-Service Agencies identifies ten…

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Program Provision
PDF & Hard Copy
January, 2012

Service providers from all disciplines — medical and mental health, law enforcement, the courts, education, child welfare, and advocacy — can offer trauma-informed services to those they serve. Trauma-informed services approach people from the standpoint of the question "What has happened to you?" rather than "What is wrong with you?" It is important to note that providing trauma-informed services does not mean service providers must determine exactly what has happened to an individual.…

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Program Provision
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2013

When you have a staff member who has a negative attitude and doesn't really seem to care about the work, the first thing that comes to mind is "burnout." However, it is important to distinguish whether the attitude and behavior is a result of vicarious trauma — the changes in a person's inner experience that come about because of handling an overload of other people's traumatic experiences — or burnout, which is dissatisfaction with the job itself. In either case, it is important to assess…

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Supervision
An Essential Supporting Structure to Serve Survivors and Build Organizational Resilience
Webinar
July, 2017

This webinar will take an advanced look at a foundational skill in our work: communication. So much of advocates’ work with systems, survivors, and colleagues centers on effective communication. Advocates and managers are called to challenge the oppression woven into systems and do so while still maintaining a relationship to those systems. Sexual assault program staff are also responsible for challenging each other to grow in our understanding of oppression. Many of us come to the field…

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Nonprofit Governance, Planning, Supervision

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