Upcoming Trainings

40-Hour Sexual Assault Counselor Training 

The professionalism and expertise of sexual assault advocates are essential to maintaining clients’ privacy. The Utah Confidential Communications Act requires that sexual assault advocates have forty hours of sexual assault specific advocacy training. Conversations with victims or alleged victims are privileged only if the advocate has completed forty hours of sexual violence specific training. We collaborate with local and regional care personnel to provide our Sexual Assault Counselor Training. The training is available to advocates, law enforcement, health care providers, clergy, and the general public. The UCASA training team includes legal, medical, and human services professionals who facilitate each topic alongside our trained and dedicated staff.

The training was carefully developed with input from all sexual violence advocates and programs across the state. More specifically, this course offers the following benefits:

  • Meets the requirements outlined in the Utah Confidential Communications Act and requirements set forth by Utah’s funding agencies. 
  • Gives attendees information and tools to understand the role of sexual violence advocates.
  • Supports attendees in recognizing and combating bias – both explicit and implicit.
  • Empowers attendees to maintain the dignity of victims.
  • Supports attendees in encouraging victim’s self-advocacy and personal decision making throughout the response processes.
  • Situates each participant within their role as an advocate and reinforces their responsibility to the agency, its clients, and to victims.
  • Certifies volunteers, staff, and community allies as sexual assault advocates – allowing for privileged, confidential communications with clients. 


40-Hour Advocate Training

DOVE Center provides a 40-hour training conference twice a year to certify volunteers who are interested in working with survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault (DVRSA). This training provides a foundation for victim advocacy and is required for anyone working directly with survivors within our organization. The training includes an introduction to the dynamics of DV/RSA as well as broader education on trauma, crisis intervention, rape culture, active listening and other advocacy-specific skills.

This training ultimately provides the tools advocates need to better facilitate victim assistance, agency collaboration, and a greater understanding of the impact of domestic abuse and sexual violence in our communities. Although required for DOVE staff and volunteers, this course is always open to community members as well.

Training sessions are held over a 10-day stretch of evening classes in a location TBD. Questions? Let us know here.

Registration is now CLOSED.

Specialized Trainings

DOVE Center employees offer specialized trainings for professionals, businesses, or community partners who work with survivors of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault (DV/RSA) or would simply like a better understanding of these topics. These individualized trainings are particularly useful for mental health professionals, clergy, law enforcement, medical professionals, social workers, educators, and management.

Trainings typically last 1-2 hours, but can be customized. Training topics include DV/RSA 101, trauma, domestic violence and rape mythology, and the impact of domestic violence on substance abuse. Topics also cover how to serve different DV/RSA survivors, including children, LGBTQ, men and women, immigrants, the elderly, and adolescents. Request a specialized training on our inquiry page.


Interested in DOVE Center trainings? Please fill out our inquiry form with your specific interest, so we can contact you will more information.
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