Core Advocacy Training (CAT)
Core Advocacy Training (CAT) is a 40-hour training that details the skills and knowledge necessary to support and empower survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking.
Divided into ten modules (three-four hours in length), CAT covers a wide range of core topics specific to domestic/intimate partner violence and sexual assault:
- Overview and history
- Trauma-focused care
- Survivor confidentiality
- Victim advocacy in practice
- Civil and criminal justice response
- Dynamics of abuse
- Behavioral health factors
- Safety planning
- Response to high risk situations
- Essential resources
CAT content has been developed, and is delivered, by a range of subject matter experts and highly experienced advocates. The material is presented through a variety of media and includes activities, role plays, and self study sections to assist participants engage with and retain the material.
Advocates in need of basic domestic/intimate partner violence training and professionals whose work involves supporting survivors should attend CAT.
CAT is offered throughout the year and sessions may take place over a one-week period or staggered over a period of months/weeks. To find a session near you, call 801-521-5544 or visit our calendar.
Our self-paced, online CAT (currently in development) will also be available shortly for advocates who are unable to attend live trainings.
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) and the Utah Office for Victims of Crime (UOVC) also offer 40-hour Core Advocacy Training. Between our three organizations, live CATs are offered about once a month.
Approved by the Utah Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, for 40 CEUs. Other education/training units/credits will also be available.
Free; however, registration is required.
CAT is funded by Grant No. 2018-X1518-UT-MU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, supports CAT. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.