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Immediate Response Team Training

The Center for Victims is offering an Immediate Response Team Training that focuses on preparing individuals to work effectively with traumatized individuals in the aftermath of an incidence of mass violence. Special attention is given to the unique needs of crime victims and best practice intervention with individuals and groups directly impacted by violence, with particular emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of teams responding as well as working with the host setting to strategize and plan short and long term intervention and support.

The curriculum used for our training is based on The Community Crisis Response Team Training Manual, 2nd edition. This document was produced by the National Organization for Victim Assistance, supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 95-MU-MU-K022, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Register for this training today on our website! TRAINING GOALS This 24-hour training is based on a basic understanding of the neurobiology of trauma. Participants learn both theory and practical application of the theory to assist victims, witnesses and communities recovering from incidents of violence. Goals of Training:

  • Participants will know the neurobiology of trauma.
  • Participants will know the components of diagramming a disaster/crisis.
  • Participants will know the roles and responsibilities when responding to a crisis.
  • Participants will know the three components of the crisis intervention model.
  • Participants will know local Victim Services assistance resources.

Since 1975, Center for Victims (previously The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime) has been the leading crisis responder toindividuals and communities impacted by violence and crime in Allegheny County.

Center for Victims is a community-based comprehensive crime victim and witness assistance agency, a state designated rape crisis center and after a recent merger with Womansplace of McKeesport, a state designated domestic violence counseling center and shelter.

As a comprehensive crime victim agency, the staff of the Center has provided leadership and intervention during every incident of mass-violence in the county over the past 30 years.


Dates of Training: June 5,6, and 7, 2013 (Wednesday-Friday)

Location of Training: Center for Victims Offices, 5916 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa 15206

Cost of Training: Includes Manual and Snacks

Individual Rate: $330.00* per participant ($110.00 per day)

Group Rate: $275.00* per participant if two or more **19 Social Work CEUs offered for this training for an additional cost**

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