Training and Resources for working with Underserved Victim Populations

The Underserved Populations Training Project focuses on four distinct populations: victims with disabilities, male victims, LQBTQ victims and foster youth victims. Misconceptions and expectations surrounding each victim group can impact how professionals treat them. The UP Project offers trainings and resources to dispel those assumptions.

The UP Project provides training and technical assistance to victim service providers throughout California in order to increase their ability to effectively serve underserved victims in the four identified population groups.


Trainings cover both basic and advanced topics and includes in-person trainings as well as live-streamed events. The UP Project will also conduct a live webinar for each of the four topic areas. Webinars will be 60 minutes in length, consisting of lecture, live polling, quizzes, interactive discussions, video clips and question and answer time. Additionally, each of the four topic areas will also have an “Ask the Expert” session each year. These sessions will consist of a 20-minute video-recorded training, followed by two opportunities to “ask the expert” questions about the topic. Each “Ask the Expert” session will be 30 minutes long and will be in a live, virtual format. All web-based trainings will be recorded and archived online for future viewing opportunities.

2019/2020 Trainings

The Underserved Populations Project has five in-person trainings coming up featuring three keynote presenters who will offer their expertise about working with people with disabilities, foster youth, LGBTQ youth, and males.  The counties we will be coming to include Sacramento, Monterey, Merced, Ventura, and Riverside.  The Sacramento training was held on 9/20/19.  The Monterey County training was held on 1/9/20.  Exact locations and dates for the remaining counties TBD.  

Presenters include:

Stacy Everson- Founder of SEEDS Educational Services, Inc., which is a non-profit with the mission of assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to relate effectively with others in their community and build safe and meaningful relationships.  

Ian Stanley- Program Director at LGBTQ Connection, which has developed a framework of strategies to drive culture change, grow a youth-led movement and to increase support and visibility for LGBTQ people.

Ce Eshelman- Attachment Specialist and Founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Relationships, where individuals and families come to strengthen their bonds, build connection, learn communication skills, and heal from pain or trauma that may be causing problems.


Resources available by the UP Project include:

Effective Service Delivery to Underserved Populations - a series of handouts offering strategies for working with each specific victim group. The intent of this resource is provide a tool that will encourage providers to change the way they deliver services to these target groups on each specific topic.

Technical Assistance - Our staff are happy to assist you with connecting you to the training, resources, or professional network that you need in order to do your best work. 

  • Cal OES
    Cal OES

    Produced by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch with funding made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2015-VA-GX-0058.

Powered by Firespring