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Group Services Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 3
November/December 2014
STAFF
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
VACANT
Office Manager
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC ,CAC II
Director of Therapy and Outreach
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Kayce Singletary, MPH, MSW
Community Education Director
Mary Dell Hayes
Development Coordinator
Sarah Nevarez
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
VACANT
Advocate Counselor
Bahiyihh Young, Ed.S
Underserved Survivor Advocate &
Outreach Coordinator
Amber Hiott, M.Ed, LPC/I
Group Services Coordinator
Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
Alison Salisbury
Community Education Assistant
Baron O’Neal, VSP
Community Advocate and Prevention
Specialist
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Message from the
Group Services
Coordinator
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Alison was thrilled to join STSM in
November 2014 as Community
Education Assistant. This new position
combines her passion for working with
children, community-building, and
empowering the underserved. Alison
studied psychology at USC, which
included an honors thesis on group art
therapy for sexual trauma survivors. After graduation, she served as
a programs assistant with the South Carolina Honors College.
Immediately prior to STSM, Alison was a preschool teaching aide in a
local alternative school, and looks forward to expanding her role as a
youth educator. When she’s not playing with kids or her cats, Alison
loves to practice yoga and dance, visit the Blue Ridge Mountains, and
plan international travels. She is honored to be working towards a
violence-free community with STSM’s dynamic staff.
As the holiday season approaches, many people begin to think of all
the things they are thankful for. Here at STSM we have SO much to
be thankful for. But, one of the things we are most thankful for is
having a dedicated group of volunteers who selflessly offer their time
and talents to support our mission. Please know we are thankful for
your service, not just today, but year round.
—Amber Hiott
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
FREE TRAININGS
Reminder: As a Group Facilitator you are responsible to complete 4
Continuing Education events per grant year
(July 2014-June 2015)!
Friday, December 16th
The Victim’s Rights Law Center will provide a free webinar on Safety Planning with Adult
Survivors of Non-Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
WHEN : Friday, December 16th from 1:00pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Online Webinar!
REGISTRATION: You can register for this training at www.victimrights.org
Friday, December 19th
SCCADVASA will provide a free webinar on Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting
WHEN : Friday, December 19th from 10:00am-11:00am
WHERE: Online Webinar!
REGISTRATION: You can register for this training at www.sccadvasa.org/training-events/
Save the Date...
STSM is already planning for our 5th Annual Walk a Mile
in Her Shoes event!
I hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us on
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
At the South Carolina State House Grounds.
Registration begins at 5:30pm.
Walk starts at 6:30pm.
Contact Mary Dell at dc@stsm.org about starting a team!
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Did You Know?
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the community
to identify and prevent sexual violence.
We are now on…
Go like our page! And don’t forget to add your volunteer
experience with STSM to your profile!
Don’t Miss STSM’s
Open House!
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Message from our
Volunteer Services Coordinator
STSM is always searching for great new volunteers, and one of
the major sources of referrals is our current volunteer pool!
Recruiting others to volunteer for STSM
If you know someone who would make a great volunteer: Reach
out to recruit them! Many people would like to help, but don’t
know where to start. You can make it easy for them by providing a concrete action they can
take, such as calling a phone number you’ve provided or completing the volunteer applica-
tion you’ve given them a link to. A good pitch should also include why you think they would
be a great volunteer—for example, you could message them to say, “Jenny, I’ve volunteered
for STSM as a group facilitator for 6 months and have really enjoyed it. I think you would
make a great advocate because you’re such a good listener and love to help others. They
have a training next month, and to get started you’d just need to fill out this volunteer appli-
cation. Let me know if you have any questions, or you can contact Sarah, the Volunteer Coor-
dinator there, at vsc@stsm.org or 790-8208.”
What are the different roles in which they can volunteer?
Advocate Training will be January 31-February 1 and February 7-8. This training teaches vol-
unteers the skills necessary to accompany survivors of sexual violence to the hospital and to
provide crisis intervention on the 24 hour hotline. Volunteers must be at least 18, have trans-
portation, and be on call at least two shifts per month.
Speaker’s Bureau Training will be March 7 from 9 am-3 pm at the STSM office. This training
prepares volunteers to educate the community about sexual violence and STSM services,
host information tables at local events, and deliver presentations on these topics to commu-
nity members.
Group Facilitator Training will be February 27, 28 and March 1 at the STSM office. This train-
ing prepares volunteers to facilitate clinical groups for STSM clients. Volunteers must at least
be in the second year of a master’s program in counseling, social work, or a similar field or
have completed their master’s.
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
However, at times we have declined a volunteer applicant. The reasons we might de-
cline an applicant are:
 Survivors of sexual or domestc violence who are not in a good place to volunteer
will have their applicatons deferred.
 It must have been at least one year since the assault, and any counseling services or
legal proceedings related to the assault must have ended at least one year ago.
 If it has been more than a year but the applicant, in the assessment of STSM staff,
will not be able to process the secondary trauma from the volunteer role in a
healthy way due to their own level of trauma, they are not eligible to volunteer.
 Background, sex offender registry, or reference check results disqualify the appli-
cant
 During the interview or training, staff or the applicant realized it was not a good fit
 Applicant can’t commit at least one year to the agency
 Applicant has victim blaming views or feels that public safety concerns overrule sur-
vivors confidentiality
If you refer a volunteer and they were not accepted, please know that we may not be
able to discuss the reasons why with you. That person has the right to confidentiality
as well!
Message from our
Volunteer Services Coordinator, Continued
What if things don’t go well?
Sometimes you may hear that things didn’t work out or the
person wasn’t selected to volunteer with STSM. If the issue
was something like never hearing back from Sarah, please
encourage them to get in touch—our emails may have
been sent to spam or some other simple miscommunica-
tion!
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Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 790-8208
Connect with us
Current Groups
Morris Village Psycho-Ed
Women’s TREM (Began 12/2/14)
Upcoming Groups
Teen TREM (Begins 1/8/15)
Parent/Caregiver (Begins 1/8/15)
Men’s TREM (Begins 1/8/15)
SisterCare Psycho-Ed (Begins 1/8/15)
Important Reminders!
VOCA Volunteer Log Forms & Monthly Report Forms
 Please turn in these forms to Amber by the first day of the month. (For
example, your logs for November 2014 should be turned in no later than
December 1st, 2014).
 Bring these forms by the office or send them to us in the mail. Please do not
fax these items—we need the originals!
Group Notes/Paperwork
 Group notes and paperwork (attendance sheets, client packets, etc.) are due
three days after your group.
 While transporting forms keep them in a secure place...remember
confidentiality!
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Comments? Questions? Concerns?
For issues regarding locations, paperwork, and/or scheduling conflicts, contact the Group
Services Coordinator—Amber!
For issues regarding clinical issues, such as clients, supervision, etc, contact the Director of
Therapy and Outreach—Sherry!
Next Clinical Group Supervision: December 29th, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm.
*Please email Amber at gsc@stsm.org if you are unable to attend!

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