We Have the Same Goals: Connecting Victim Service Advocates and Treatment Providers

Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speaker: Amber Schroeder

Recorded on: August 16, 2023
Length: One hour

Victim service advocates and treatment providers have the same goal–communities without sexual violence–but tend to operate in isolation from one another. This webinar starts out with acknowledging that public perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs too often prevent those who assess and treat people who have sexually abused from connecting with victim services. This divide can create a narrative about the work we do and what others think of it.

This webinar shares a day in the life of an advocate so that other professionals can understand the 24/7 crisis aspect of their work and how connection will likely need to be led by the treatment providers. From there, it discusses how victim-centered organizations think about prevention and how sexual offending treatment work can fit in. The webinar emphasizes engaging those who serve victims and coming together as a team. Finally, Ms. Schroeder offers ideas for how to support local victim advocacy organizations that can position treatment providers as community resources.

Amber Schroeder
Executive Director, Association For The Treatment & Prevention Of Sexual Abuse

Amber Schroeder is the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment & Prevention of Sexual Abuse (ATSA) and has a wealth of nonprofit experience at the national, state and local level. Prior to ATSA, Amber served as the executive director of Harbor House where she led a staff of 40 to serve victim-survivors of domestic and sexual abuse by providing a variety of services including one-to-one advocacy, support groups, legal and housing support, emergency shelter, crisis advocacy as well as providing services and support for those who use abusive behaviors. Prior to joining Harbor House, Amber worked for a variety of nonprofits including Badgers United, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Madison Area Builders Association. 

Amber is a co-founder and board member for Just Jess Foundation, a nonprofit that provides families who have a parent with a critical cancer diagnosis the opportunity to experience a family vacation together, in memory of her best friend, Jess Haag. She also volunteers as a coach for youth basketball.

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