Advocate Education and Support Project

For Advocates and Supervisors Who Work with Victims

Logo for the Advocate Education and Support Project (AESP)

The Advocate Education and Support Project (AESP) is a series created specifically for advocates and supervisors who work with victims of crime and violence.

Although rewarding, the work may also negatively affect advocates' health and morale, sometimes leading to the development of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). These effects may include feelings of isolation, helplessness and a loss of hope. Concern about these effects and high rates of job turnover mobilized a group of advocates and clinicians to develop the AESP.

In weekly group meetings, advocates and supervisors from different settings-district attorney's offices, health centers, shelters and other community agencies-come together to discuss the challenges of this work, identify sources of STS and create a network of support. Participants will develop specific strategies for both their personal and professional situations that will reduce the negative impact of the work and improve job performance.

We welcome you to join other advocates and/or supervisors to learn how your work may be affecting you and what you can do about it.

Professional Development Series for Direct Services Staff

The Advocate Education and Support Project (AESP) is an educational and discussion series created specifically for advocates and supervisors who work with traumatized individuals and families. The focus is on developing strategies to cope with the challenges of the work and to create a network of support, improving both job performance and the response to survivors. Eight, weekly session cycles are offered throughout the year in various locations. Unique series have been developed for advocates who have experienced trauma themselves, as well as Latino advocates. For more information, please contact Melissa Doyle.

AESP Workplace Series

Recognizing the importance of workplace practice on sustaining staff, AESP offers agencies tailor-made workshops, training and technical assistance to those interested in creating awareness and developing strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of secondary traumatic stress in staff. Some of these services are offered at no cost. For more information, please contact Melissa Doyle.