Resilience Training Institute

All professionals and service providers should feel equipped to support survivors, and all survivors should be able to count on trustworthy, specialized institutional responses. In 2018, we established the Resilience Training Institute (RTI) in order to meet the urgent need among Chicago professionals and service providers for formally structured, high quality training in sexual violence response and prevention.

40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training

Participants obtain foundational knowledge of sexual violence and rape culture and its’ impact on those whom experience this type of victimization. Trainees gain basic crisis intervention skills, explore the neurobiology of trauma and learn how to respond appropriately to disclosures. They also learn about the legal and medical remedies available to survivors and explore how sexual violence impacts unique groups of survivors. The training concludes with an emphasis on vicarious trauma and self-care and empower trainees with the resources that they may need to share with survivors in their communities. Click here to learn more about upcoming 40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Trainings.

40-Hour Confidential Advisor Training

To assist area higher education institutions in ensuring compliance with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Resilience offers a 40-hour training specifically designed for Confidential Advisors. Resilience has an extensive history of working with higher education institutions, providing student support, policy consultation, technical assistance, training and prevention education to 13 Chicago area higher education institutions. Click here to learn more about our upcoming 40-Hour Confidential Advisor Trainings.

Child Sexual Abuse Training

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a serious problem in the United States. According to Erin’s Law, 1 in 4 girls will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18 and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18. It is absolutely vital for professionals who work with children and families to become knowledgeable about child sexual abuse, how it occurs, prevention techniques, and how to help families and children who have undergone child sexual violence. Attendees will become knowledgeable on signs of child sexual abuse, the grooming process, and learn how prevalent child sexual abuse in the city of Chicago. This training will detail the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse at all youth-age levels. Click here to learn more about our upcoming Child Sexual Abuse Trainings.

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Training

Resilience hosts training for Higher Education Institutions as required under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. This training is the annual training required for anyone on campus who could potentially receive a report of sexual violence. This brand new training is highly specialized to those working at institutions of higher learning to cover the topics required by law which includes an overview of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking laws, information on trauma response, how to support survivors, and much more! Click here to learn more about our upcoming Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Trainings.

60-Hour Medical Volunteer Training

Our advocates are on-call to provide crisis counseling in Chicago’s hospitals. They are the people who answer the page from the hospital emergency room—the caring strangers who arrive to hold an unsteady hand, decipher medical and legal terminology and filter through countless forms and paperwork, all to put victims on the pathway to becoming fully healed. Click here to learn more about volunteering and to read more about our upcoming 60-Hour Medical Volunteer Trainings.

Please watch this space for more updates to our menu of professional trainings.

To learn more about our professional trainings or to request a workshop, email Candice Tindell, Outreach & Training Coordinator, at ctindell@ourresilience.org. To learn more about professional trainings for healthcare providers, email Madeline Mangiaracina, Medical Advocacy Coordinator, at mmangiaracina@ourresilience.org.