The 66-Hour domestic violence and sexual assault advocate training is required for all Safe Berks staff members and direct service volunteers. Only individuals that complete the training are covered by the Confidentiality statutes that protect the personal information of our residents and clients.
An individual who completes the training is only a DV and SA advocate if directly involved, through employment or as a direct service volunteer, at Safe Berks or a designated DV/SA center in another county in Pennsylvania.
Some or all of the sessions may be made available to any professional or community member who would like to learn more about domestic violence and sexual assault.
The training is offered twice per year at the Safe Berks office.
- The spring session is held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am – Noon beginning in March, and
- The fall session is held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30pm beginning in September.
- The training is also held at Kutztown University during the Spring Semester, beginning in January. The KU training is primarily for KU students and staff; others may attend on a space-available basis.
- The training is provided free of charge, but participants are expected to purchase the training manual in the form of a hard copy binder ($50), or on a flash drive ($15).
- Several times per year, a three-hour Orientation session is made available to individuals who are interested in the 66-Hour training. See Calendar of Events.