Lights! Camera! Action! Today another Internet star is born: the http://www.helpingservices.org/about/domestic-abuse/domestic-violence-awareness-online-training/. Staff at Helping Services recently tackled the task of translating a traditional face-to-face training into a 30-hour online format. This training will help people understand a victim’s perspective of experiencing and fleeing from abuse, give insight into effects of violence on children, and equip others with correct and sensitive response techniques This was no small challenge. Professionals were enlisted as far away as Iowa City, Dubuque, and Waterloo, to share their knowledge of domestic violence. Collaborating agencies, such as Riverview Center, contributed as well, presenting on topics of sexual abuse. So how does an agency make the leap to online training? Staff were asked to think outside of the box and develop creative ideas that would keep people engaged for a six-week course. Their ideas included narrated and animated PowerPoints, guest presenters, panel discussions of professionals, simulated crisis line calls, and a new approach called “gamification.” Gamification is a term that means people learn about important societal topics through games. Although the training just skims the surface of using this new technology, staff hope to incorporate more advanced systems in the future. The interest in this training has been overwhelming. When pre-registration was opened to gauge interest, nearly 150 people signed up. This confirmed the need for education in a flexible, online, self-paced format for busy professional and community members. Upon completion of the course, participants will be certified to volunteer with the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. Additional face-to-face training will be required for direct-service volunteers. However, the training is recommended to all groups, such as community members, educators, law enforcement officials, legal professionals, social workers, members of the faith community, and employees in workplace environments. Register today! You can participate in the comfort of your home, at a pace that is flexible and convenient. Interested in CEU’s? We are in the process of pre-approval, contact us if you have questions! Training is required for direct-service volunteers… and we LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!
“In my personal life, I will probably encounter situations where knowledge of domestic violence will be helpful to the adult or the children in the family. I will know more what to say or do that will be helpful rather than harmful. It is a community, not family problem.” —Training Participant