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SARC Education and Training was established in 2004 in response to the Gordon enquiry.
The aims of SARC Education and Training are as follows.
- Provide quality, evidence based education and training opportunities on issues related to sexual assault and sexual abuse to professional workers, students and volunteers
- Build the capacity of the workforce to effectively respond to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse
- Increase the knowledge and understanding of workers in WA, about sexual assault, sexual abuse and the impact of trauma
- Develop culturally appropriate resources to support people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse and workers who work with survivors
- Support the Sexual Assault Resource Centre to provide best practice services to clients who have experienced sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse
SARC offers a range of presentations, providing quality, evidence based education and training on issues related to sexual
assault and sexual abuse to professional workers, students and volunteers.
Topics below are available at low cost, facilitated by an experienced SARC trainer and delivered at your workplace to your team.
- Sexual Assault and Responding to Disclosures - general
1 hour - Covers general information about sexual assault and skills for responding effectively if a
(Note: there is a separate presentation for health workers in the clinical setting. See below)
- The Impact of Trauma
1 hour - Many clients/patients have childhood trauma experiences that impact them into adulthood.
This presentation examines many of the impacts and how to work effectively with survivors.
- Building on Trauma Knowledge
1 hour - Must have attended The Impact of Trauma in the last 6 months.
- Trauma Counselling - Where to Begin
90 minutes - Suitable for people in formal counselling roles who work with trauma survivors (eg Social
Workers, Youth Workers, School Psychologists). The presentation covers the initial stages of the
- Vicarious Trauma and Self Care for Workers
2 hours - This presentation examines the possible impacts on workers from working with clients and
patients who are experiencing hardship. It identifies a range of strategies for promoting self-care.
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Abuse in the Clinical Setting
For nurses, midwives, doctors & physios
1 hour - Covers skills for responding effectively if a patient discloses sexual violence in the clinical setting.
||Within Dept. of Health (DoH)
||External to DoH
|2 hours (or 2 x 1 hours)
||Please contact to discuss.
||Please contact to discuss options. Negotiated fees will include the cost of all
travel and accommodation.
Training enquiries can be directed to SARCTraining@health.wa.gov.au
Video Conferences for Regional Workers
The following presentations have been recorded and made available to regional workers on Moodle.
The presentations can be viewed individually or as a team and allow workers to access them at their convenience. When viewing is completed, we ask workers to complete the short survey at the end of the presentation to enable SARC to gather feedback and statistics.
Please contact SARCTraining@health.wa.gov.au to obtain a password to view the presentations.
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault (general)
- Responding to Disclosures in the Clinical Setting (for nurses, doctors, physios, etc.)
- The Impact of Trauma
- Trauma Counselling: Where to Begin
- Vicarious Trauma and Self Care for Workers (organisational)
- Vicarious Trauma and Self Care for Workers (personal)
A free e-learning package on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault is available for completion at the link below.
The package takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and includes interactive questions and 2 challenging quizzes.
A certificate is available upon completion.
Services can use the e-learning package in a number of ways including: professional development of workers, part of a compulsory induction for new workers and an annual refresher for workers.
View the Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault e-learning package.
Medical and Forensic Training
SARC's Medical and Forensic Education and Training Team provide a variety of training packages to healthcare and allied healthcare professionals. This training focuses on medical and forensic care and options for a person alleging a sexual assault in the past two weeks.
See Medical and Forensic E&T Training for more information.
To find out more information please contact the Education and Training Team at SARC on (08) 6458 1820 or email us on SARCTraining@health.wa.gov.au.