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Training Requirements

Victim service providers and volunteers are bound by several training requirements. The list below details statutory and contractual requirements in the state of Utah:

Statute

77-38-203. Definitions. As used in this part:
(1)"Confidential communication" means information given to a sexual assault counselor by a victim and includes reports or working papers made in the course of the counseling relationship.
(2) "Rape crisis center" means any office, institution, or center assisting victims of sexual assault and their families which offers crisis intervention, medical, and legal services, and counseling.
(3)"Sexual assault counselor" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a rape crisis center who has a minimum of 40 hours of training in counseling and assisting victims of sexual assault and who is under the supervision of the director or designee of a rape crisis center.
(4)"Victim" means a person who has experienced a sexual assault of whatever nature including incest and rape and requests counseling or assistance regarding the mental, physical, and emotional consequences of the sexual assault.

Administrative Rule

77-38-203.  Definitions. As used in this part:

  1. "Confidential communication" means information given to a sexual assault counselor by a victim and includes reports or working papers made in the course of the counseling relationship.
  2. "Rape crisis center" means any office, institution, or center assisting victims of sexual assault and their families which offers crisis intervention, medical, and legal services, and counseling.
  3. "Sexual assault counselor" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a rape crisis center who has a minimum of 40 hours of training in counseling and assisting victims of sexual assault and who is under the supervision of the director or designee of a rape crisis center.
  4. "Victim" means a person who has experienced a sexual assault of whatever nature including incest and rape and requests counseling or assistance regarding the mental, physical, and emotional consequences of the sexual assault.

R501-22-5.  Staffing.

  1. The program shall have an employed manager responsible for the day to day resident supervision and operation of the facility.  The responsibilities of the manager shall be clearly defined. Whenever the manager is absent there shall be a substitute to assume managerial responsibility.  With the exception of Domestic Violence Shelters, adult programs are not required to provide twenty four hour supervision.
  2. The program shall make arrangement for medical backup with a medical clinic or physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Utah.
  3.  The program shall have at least one person on duty who has completed and remains current in a certified first aid and CPR program.
  4. Programs which utilize students and volunteers, shall provide screening, training, and evaluation of volunteers.  Volunteers providing care in Domestic Violence Shelters, without paid staff present, shall have direct communication access to designated staff at all times.  Volunteers shall be informed verbally and in writing of program objectives and scope of service.

R501-22-6.  Direct Service.

  1. Domestic Violence Shelter action plans shall include the following:
    5.  Domestic Violence Shelter staff completing action plans shall have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences.

DHS/DCFS Shelter Contract

1. TRAINING  FOR CONTRACTOR'S  STAFF: Contractor  shall conduct all necessary training to ensure that its staff carries out its responsibilities pursuant to this Contract and that the staff is familiar with  the requirements imposed by this Contract and applicable laws.

Advocate:
A person who has undergone the required domestic violence training in advocacy, crisis intervention, and related areas and who provides services to survivors through a domestic violence program either on an employed or volunteer basis.

  1. Training  Requirements:
    A. Each staff and volunteer must receive the following training within the first 30 days of employment or volunteering and annually thereafter
    DHS Provider Code of Conduct; and Orientation to the DHS/DCFS Contract requirements.
    Staff and volunteers shall not be permitted to be alone with a client, unsupervised, until these trainings are completed.

  2. Each staff and volunteer must receive 24 hours of domestic violence specific training within the first year of employment or volunteering and 16 hours annually thereafter.

  3. Documentation for all training shall include:

    (1) Title and brief description of course content;
    (2)Date training  completed;
    (3)Duration  of training course;
    (4)Instructor name and qualifications that relate to the subject matter; and
    (5)Employee signature, which shall include either a handwritten signature by the employee or an electronic, if training is completed  electronically.
    a.Staff and/or volunteers answering hotline calls shall have completed domestic violence training incompliance with DHS/OL guidelines and also be trained in listening and communication skills so that they can answer calls for information, for referral, and/or for crisis intervention.

In addition, the Contractor represents that it provides at least annual training for its staff on its plan and it acknowledges that DHS may rely upon this and the other representations of the Contractor in this paragraph

UOVC VAWA/VOCA Contract

Utah Office for Victims of Crime VAWA S.T.0.P. Formula Grant - Certified Assurances I 2016

RAPE CRISIS COUNSELOR  MANDATE FOR THE STATE OF  UTAH
(Applicable  to Non-Profit Organizations)

The Utah Office for Victims of Crime requires all non-profit organizations (501(c)3) receiving Violence Against Women (VAWA) funding who provide rape crisis services to certify their compliance with the Confidential Communications for Sexual Assault Act, Utah State Judicial Code 77.  All Sub grantee staff and volunteers who provide direct services to victims of sexual violence must complete 40 hours of training in assisting victims of sexual assault. Training to certify as a Rape Crisis Counselor must be provided by a Utah Rape Crisis Program or a State Sexual Assault    Coalition.

More information here about program requirements to meet the Department of Health definition of a Rape Crisis Center.

According to this definition, the following UDVC member programs meet the criteria for Rape Crisis Center:  

CAPSA, CWCIC, CCWCC, Dove Center, Gentle Ironhawk, New Hope, New Horizons, Pathways (DVSAVA), Seekhaven, Safe Harbor, YCC.

DOH RPEG Contract

(1) "Sexual assault counselor" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a rape crisis center who has a minimum of 40 hours of training in counseling and assisting victims of sex ,.31 assault and who is under the supervision of the director or designee of a rape crisis center.

More information here about program requirements to meet the Department of Health definition of a Rape Crisis Center.

According to this definition, the following UDVC member programs meet the criteria for Rape Crisis Center:  

CAPSA, CWCIC, CCWCC, Dove Center, Gentle Ironhawk, New Hope, New Horizons, Pathways (DVSAVA), Seekhaven, Safe Harbor, YCC.

For more information visit our Training page or call 801-521-4444.