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NAMMA to Offer SAPR First Responders Training During CMA Shipping 2017

The North American Maritime Ministry Association is pleased to share that we will hold a SAPR program for first responders workshop on March 20 from 1:15p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the ELM room of the Hilton Stamford Hotel in parallel to the CMA Shipping conference.  We are doing this in conjunction with a number of partners including the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey, Seafarers International House, and the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (all three also CMA Shipping exhibitors).  Our main audience is seafarers' welfare providers and those who work directly with crews, but since we have an extra few seats and with the encouragement of the conference organizers, we welcome others at CMA Shipping 2017 who might wish to join us for the afternoon.  Please contact Jason Zuidema, Executive Director of NAMMA at 

Overview: This training is intended to build the capacity of ship welfare visitors and those in the maritime industry to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Led by an experienced trainer, Ms. Helen Archontou, this workshop will feature lectures that help understand the wider issues, but also structured small group discussions that help participants practice skills. The seminar will conclude with a presentation of new SAPR materials that will be distributed among seafarers’ welfare providers to encourage best practice.

Speaker Bio: Daughter of a merchant mariner, Helen Archontou M.S.W., L.S.W. was named Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Bergen County in July 2011. In this capacity she oversees a a multi-service non-profit organization that is the areas largest provider of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and fitness programs, the sole operator of the county’s only sexual assault hotline/ counseling program and the host of empowerment programming for women and girls. In 2016, the Governor of the State of New Jersey appointed Helen to serve on the State Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault. She has an extensive background in the area of sexual violence through her past work experience at the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes Unit and various child protection programs as well as her role as an adjunct professor over the last fifteen years in Montclair State University's Center for Child Advocacy. 

Schedule: (ELM meeting room)
- 1:15 p.m. - Introduction - Dr. Jason Zuidema (NAMMA) and Stephen Lyman (SCI Newark)
- 1:30-4:15 p.m. - Workshop led by Helen Archontou (refreshment break midway) 
- 4:15-4:30 p.m. - Special presentation of new SAPR materials designed by CDR Heather Kostecki (USCG-ret.) that will be available for distribution by seafarers’ welfare centres

Note: this is a basic, yet full training to identify, respond, and refer. This is not a seminar on counselling interventions.

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