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Strand² Squared provides comprehensive and cutting-edge training for advocates and allied professionals. All of our trainings are on a foundation of human centric, trauma informed contemporary theory and practice.  Our courses are a blend of live presentations and in-demand.

Our Training Objectives are:

– to cultivate a sense of seeing each client as a “whole person who has a possibility for growth and a positive life” through empathy, vulnerability and contextual understanding.

– to provide professional development courses aimed at helping advocates and allied professionals hone important skill sets in order to provide quality human centric, trauma informed services.

-to provide training experiences that cultivate the professional health and wellbeing of advocates and allied professionals.

-to provide comprehensive training in the areas of human centric, trauma informed: professional wellness, organizational trauma, trauma and dynamics of trauma,  crime victim service delivery,  24/7/365 crisis response skills, death, dynamics of death and grieving,  the complexities of different crime types (specifically crimes against persons) across the gender spectrum through an intersectional lens.

Our current featured courses:

45 -Hour Victim Advocacy Course
Instructor: Myra Strand

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*Pre-approved for Victim Advocate Certification
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The Care and Feeding of Law Enforcement
for Advocates and other
Allied Professionals

Instructor: Russell Strand
(9- Hours)

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Eligible for NACP credits

Scheduled classes coming soon:

Safety Planning and Lethality Assessment
For crisis interventionists and advocate


April 1- Ending April 30
8- Hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)

Instructor: Sarah Young Patton

Safety Planning is a skill set that needs to be both individualized and creative. This course could save lives!

Register Here for the Safety Planning Course:
February 1, 2020
$250.00
30 available seats

Death Notification and Support for 24/7/365
For crisis interventionists and advocates

April 1- Ending April 30
8-Hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor: Kim Messina

Letting someone know that they have lost a very important person to them is a delicate skill set that may take hours to complete with compassion. Learn how to provide this essential service through a Human Centric Lens.

Register Here for the Death Notification Course:
February 1, 2020

$250.00
30 available seats

Professional Wellness and Organizational Trauma

May 1- June 31
20-hour course
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor: Myra Strand, MA, CA

In order to maintain professional health and wellness, we need to explore how to mitigate vicarious trauma.   That is not all, there are many other variables that negatively impact our ability to be healthy.  Including organizational trauma, a high-risk reality that sweeps through an agency like a storm leaving toxic, cancer causing, sludge in its wake.   Unhealthy staff leads to secondary victimization making this issue an ethical responsibility.  Healthy staff leads to higher levels of professionalism, more experience, higher quality service delivery.

Register for Professional Wellness and Organizational Trauma:
March 1, 2020

$350.00
30 available seats

Sexual Violence and Strangulation

June 1- Ending June 30
15-hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor Kelsey McKay
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Across the nation, our system is seeing a dramatic increase in Strangulation as it relates to sexual violence.   Not every victim has the same access cutting edge systems response from report to exam to investigation to prosecution.  

Register for Sexual Violence and Strangulation:
April 1, 2020

Price $300.00
30 available seats

Trauma Informed Response and Care

June 1- Ending July 30
20- hour course
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor: Myra Strand

“Being Trauma Informed” is a complicated paradigm shift and a total transformation in “how” we do services.  Learn how to implement human centric, trauma informed services.

Register for Trauma informed Response and Care
April 1, 2020
$350.00
30 available seats

Understanding Dissociative Disorder

Starting July 1- Ending July 30
8-hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor Olga Trujillo
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Dissociation is a common defense to stressful or traumatic situations. It is the psychological process in which the mind detaches itself from the self or the world, usually in moments of stress. Dissociation is a common defense to stressful or traumatic situations. It is the psychological process in which the mind detaches itself from the self or the world, usually in moments of stress.  How do you know how to provide quality services to someone with DID

Register for Understanding Dissociative Disorder:
May 1, 2020

Price TBA
30 available seats

Implicit Bias and Applied Intersectionality

Aug. 1- Aug. 31
8-hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor: Myra Strand, MA, CA

There is a silent, yet very powerful and sinister bias that looms in the perspectives of all human beings. Implicit bias is often subconscious and shifts the way in which we interact with the world around us. The predisposition of bias creates a foundation from which we interpret experience to include the many scripts we use to manifest our views and judgements about violence. The manner in which victims experience the criminal justice and other response systems is unquestionably and often negatively impacted of bias. Thus, analyzing “justice” through the lens of implicit or explicit bias will help better understand how victims are impacted by prejudice and how that impact often carries tangible results that can be explained by neuroscience.

Human Sex Trafficking: sex buyers, victims and traffickers

Sept. 1-Sept. 31
8-hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz
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Who are the people involved in Human sex trafficking? This course provides valuable insight needed to up our advocacy game.  

Sex Trafficking

Oct. 1-Oct. 31
8-hours
Course Syllabus (Coming Soon)
Instructor: Rebekah Charleston
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Coming soon:

Mitigating Organizational Trauma

#MenToo: Male Victims of Sexual Assault

Serving Victims with Developmental Disabilities

Complex trauma:  let’s figure out how to be more effective.

40 -hour 24.7.365 crisis interventionist course
Part 1 and Part 2

Pricing is determined on a case by case basis depending on several variables.

-Our ultimate hope is to be affordable and accessible. that said…

We would like to host nationally and internationally leaders as guest faculty consultants to teach (making some courses more expensive than others). to create balance…

-To host guest faculty that are still making a name for themselves, but are still amazing and cutting edge (making some courses more affordable).

-We are always looking for guest faculty consultants. Interested? email myrastrand@strandsquared.com to apply