Online Program

Professional training needs of practitioners for the victims of sexual violence

Sunday, November 1, 2015

In Han Song, PhD, Institute of Convergence Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South)

Ji Eun Kim, MSW, Graduate School of Social Welfare, Health & Mental Health Lab, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South)
Soomin Shin, MSW, Graduate School of Social Welfare, Health & Mental Health Lab, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South)

There is a social and public health concern about the increasing incidence of sexual violence recently in Korea. Although it is essential to train practitioners to effectively help victim’s treatment and recovery. the training program has not been well developed yet in Korea. As a part of a larger study, this study aims at investigating practitioners’ professional training needs with qualitative research.


Among the entire 205 centers for the victims of sexual assault (public 34, private 171) in 17 regional areas of Korea, 2 centers each were randomly selected from all 17 areas. 8 centers agreed to participate in the focus group interview. 19 practitioners from 8 centers (public 4, private 4) from 5 regions participated in the 5 sessions of focus group interview. Using grounded theory, themes and categories were derived from interview data. 


Practitioners’ professional training needs were classified into the following 6 themes: (1) More population-specific information considering the characteristics of children, adolescent, disabled, sexual minorities, etc. (63%), (2) Training of multidisciplinary approach including knowledge of other disciplines, team communication, etc. (63%), (3) Case-focused traning such as case conference and supervision (58%). (4) advanced and up-to-date knowledge and skills (32%), (5) counselling and psychotherapy skills (25%), and (6) official licensing and mandatory continuing education (13%). 


The findings suggest that the contents and structures of professional training programs of the practitioners for the victims of sexual violence need to be established considering what is actually being needed in practice.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Assess the professional training needs of practitioners who are working for treatment and recovery for the victims of sexual violence Identify the areas and contents of professional training that practitioners are willing to learn

Keyword(s): Sexual Assault, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm qualified to be an abstract author on the content I'm responsible for because I participated in designing the study, collecting the data, interviewing the participants, analyzing the data, and writing an abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.