Volume 6, Issue 2

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Volume 6, Issue 2
September/October 2014
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Jenny Kennedy
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
Lauren Wiest Barbian, LPC-I
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
Baron O’Neal, VSP
Community Advocate and Prevention
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In the beginning of October I will celebrate my three month
anniversary as the Group Services Coordinator at STSM. My
three months of service pales in comparison to the 31 years
that STSM has been a thriving organization in our community,
but I have been here long enough to make several key
 The staff members at STSM are competent, driven and
compassionate. I feel honored to work with a group of
such dedicated individuals who are all devoted to
carrying out STSM’s mission.
 There is never a shortage of work; there is always
something to be done. But, STSM makes it happen. We
are dedicated to providing quality services to our
survivors and to our community—no matter what it
 Our volunteers are crucial and so very appreciated. STSM
is fortunate to have such a committed group of
volunteers who donate their time and effort to our
As a volunteer, I hope you realize that you
are now part of STSM’s history. I encourage
you to reflect back on your time with our
agency. What have you enjoyed the most? In
what ways have you grown?
—Amber Hiott
Message from the
Group Services
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Caroline joined the staff of STSM in August of 2014 after
having spent three years living and working in Sub-Saharan
Africa. A Columbia native, Caroline attended the College
of Charleston where she graduated in May of 2010 with a
degree in Political Science. Immediately following gradua-
tion, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to
study at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. While
there, she volunteered in a local baby’s home, caring for
HIV-positive infants. In June of 2012, she again departed for Africa, this time as a volun-
teer with the U.S. Peace Corps. She spent two years working in rural Swaziland as a
Youth Developer. Her main focus as a volunteer was providing educational and em-
powerment opportunities to teenage girls. Caroline is a self-proclaimed Pinterest ad-
dict who loves crafting, decorating and trying out new recipes.
Volunteer Appreciation Event
STSM is currently planning
our next Volunteer
Appreciation Event!
Please mark your calendars for
Saturday, October 25th from
More details to come soon!
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Vicarious Trauma
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the community
to identify and prevent sexual violence.
What is Vicarious Trauma?
Vicarious Trauma, sometimes also called compassion fatigue, is a term that describes the
phenomenon generally associated with the “cost of caring” for others (Figley, 1982).
How does vicarious trauma happen?
It is believed that counselors working with trauma survivors experience vicarious trauma
because of the intense and emotional work they do. Vicarious trauma is the emotional ex-
posure that counselors have from working with people who have experienced trauma. Help-
ing professionals can sometimes begin to carry the fear and pain that trauma survivors have
endured as their own.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma:
• Having difficulty talking about feelings
• Free floating anger and/or irritation
• Startle effect/being jumpy
• Over-eating or under-eating
• Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
• Dreaming about their clients/their
clients’ trauma experiences
• Worried that they are not doing enough
for their clients
• Lack of interest in things once enjoyed
• Intrusive thoughts of clients with especially
severe trauma histories
• Feelings of hopelessness associated with
their work/clients
As helping professionals, it’s important to be aware of the following information concerning vicari-
ous trauma. STSM encourages you to evaluate yourself as a direct service professional.
Are you being impacted by the services you provide to trauma survivors?
If so, please remember that STSM staff are here for you to
offer support and provide appropriate referrals!
*This information has been adapted from the American Counseling Association’s Fact Sheet #9.
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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.
Do you know someone who you think would be a FABULOUS addition to the
STSM team of Group Facilitators? If so, give them the following information
and tell them to contact Amber at!
What is a Volunteer Group Facilitator?
Volunteer Group Facilitators provide psycho-educational and support group
services to survivors of sexual assault and their families. Groups are designed
to serve a variety of populations including female and male survivors, adoles-
cents, and their families.
 Facilitate psycho-educational and support groups using assigned curriculum
 Provide appropriate feedback to group members
 Work effectively with a co-facilitator
 Complete required documentation
 Attend monthly supervision meetings
 You must be a student enrolled in the second year of a graduate program in
counseling, social work, or human services OR a Master’s level social work-
er, psychologist or counselor
 You must complete STSM training and have some knowledge of sexual
assault and abuse
*Our next Group Facilitator Training will be:
February 27th, 28th and March 1st.*
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community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Reminder: As a Group Facilitator you are responsible for 4
Continuing Education credits per grant year
(July 2014-June 2015)!
PRESENTER INFORMATION: Julie Cole holds a Master of Social Work
from the University of South Carolina. Julie is licensed by the South Caro-
lina Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker,
and is a Certified Addictions Counselor with the South Carolina Associa-
tion of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. Julie has worked in a variety
of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and community-based set-
tings, and is passionate about advocacy efforts in the areas of addiction,
decriminalization of addictive behavior, suicide prevention, and sexual
Monday, October 20th
Join Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands for a FREE Volunteer Continuing Education
training on Substance Facilitated Assault presented by Julie Cole, a Recovery Specialist at
WHEN : Monday, October 20, 2014 from 6:00pm-7:30pm
WHERE: STSM Conference Room, 3830 Forest Drive Suite 201 Columbia, SC 29204
Friday, October 31st
The Richland County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council will provide a training workshop
on “Domestic Violence: What Can You Do To Help?”
WHEN : Friday, October 31, 2014 from 8:30am-12:00pm
WHERE: Richland School District One, Teleconference Room,
1310 Lyon St Columbia, SC 29204
REGISTRATION: Email Herlinda Thompson ( or
Deborah Fleming ( to sign-up for the training.
Friday, October 17th
SCCADVASA will provide a free webinar on Pregnancy and Domestic Violence.
WHEN : Friday, October 17th from 10:00am-11:00am
WHERE: Online Webinar!
REGISTRATION: You can register for this training at
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3830 Forest Drive
Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 790-8208
Connect with us
Current Groups
 Morris Village Psycho-Ed
 SisterCare Psycho-Ed
 Women’s TREM
 Yoga for Anxiety
Upcoming Groups
 Art Therapy (Begins 10/1/14)
 Men’s TREM (Begins 12/4/14)
 Women’s TREM (Begins 12/2/14)
 Teen TREM (Begins 1/6/15)
 Parent/Caregiver (Begins 1/6/15)
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 September 2014 should be turned in no later than
October 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
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: November 3rd, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm.
Topic: Working with Male Survivors
*Please email Amber at if you are unable to attend!

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