Training offered to help victims of childhood physical and sexual assault

A training for agencies and people is happening Tuesday, May 22. at the Greater Lafayette YWCA. This workshop will focus on ways to work with adults who are considered "silent witnesses".

Posted: May 22, 2018 7:31 AM
Updated: May 22, 2018 8:16 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tuesday, May 22. there will be a training workshop for agencies and people at the Greater Lafayette YWCA. This workshop will focus on ways to work with adults who are considered silent witnesses.

The YWCA is located at the corner of Sixth and Cincinnati streets and the skills covered during the training have been certified by the Indiana Professionals Bureau.

The services offered are all free and is meant to help adults in the community. These adults are considered silent witnesses and experienced abuse in their lives as a child. This training covers those who were physically and sexually abused.

There will be a discussion about how this topic is much more prevalent than what is being reported. Tuesday's trainer, Carla Gaff-Clark said it's as much as 10 times more prevalent.

"Until we are able to say, this is what we're seeing, this is why we want to help folks, being more open to what's ever happened in my family when I was a kid or whatever makes a big difference on what my health looks like and how I can work on that," said Gaff-Clark.

The training will be done through a presentation, handouts, charts and a workbook. Gaff-Clark will have participants share ways to better support these very complex clients in the community.

"At the same time, those who that are therapist licensed mental health counselors, probation officers or whatever can share what they are seeing with those same clients and how they're working with them so that we're all kind of working on the same page," Gaff-Clark said.

The class will be offered at the YWCA from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants who would like to come out should try and register before hand. To register, email: rpanizzi@ywcalafayette.org

For more information and questions ,you can contact Gaff-Clarl at CGAFF@INDY.RR.COM or call her at (317) 441-5263 or (317) 259-4915.

Since this training have been certified by the Indiana Professionals Bureau, CEU's will be handed out free of charge. You can use this fact to draw people you are attempting to draw closer to your agency.

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