CHSTR103 – Foundations of Community Health Work and Application for Sexual Recovery (Part 1)

DiaNova Institute Community Health and Sexual Trauma Recovery Program Description & Objectives:

The DiaNova Institute Community Health and Sexual Trauma Recovery Program offers classes that provide the student with the knowledge, skill and ability to understand the impact of sexual trauma, understand the DiaNova treatment programs available, and understand how these treatment programs can be introduced into a community.

The class descriptions, objectives, instructional methodologies and assessment tools are outlined in detail in the section entitled “DiaNova Institute Community Health and Sexual Trauma Recovery Program Class Offerings” that follows. This program is training for the occupation of a “Community Health Worker”, SOC Code: 21-1094.00.

Community Health and Sexual Trauma Recovery Program Class Offerings

CHSTR103 Foundations of Community Health Work and Application
for Sexual Trauma Recovery Part 1
Instructor: Dr. Elaine Floyer, MA, PhD
Distance Learning & On-line Zoom Classes
Live on-site meeting location: San Francisco, dates listed in Catalog


The goal of Foundations of Community Work and Application for Sexual Trauma Recovery classes (Part 1 & Part 2) is to provide community health workers and other mental health professionals with a broad foundation in community health work, and provide them the tools to apply this knowledge to initiate community and personal programs that address the section of their community suffering from sexual trauma and sexual abuse, and provide them with access to the potential for recovery.

          Class Learning Objectives – Module 1:

  • Gain an understanding of why Community Health Work was created and what challenges it addresses;
  • Identify the populations CHW work with and the sexual health issues they can address;
  • Explain the core roles that CHWs play in health and social services
  • Discuss the core competencies needed by CHWs, and the personal
    attributes that help successful CHWs.
  • Consider how you can contribute to the challenges in your community
    caused by sexual trauma and assault
  • Discuss promoting social justice in relationship to mental health
  • Define health and mental health inequalities
  • Discuss health inequalities in mental health, and what might cause
    these inequalities, and why and when it is harmful.
  • Explain what can be done to reduce mental health inequalities in sexual trauma and assault.
  • Explain the principles of how health care is paid for, and who provides these services
  • Describe the importance of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts
  • Discuss the metrics of health care, and the degree to which the US lags other places
  • Understand how CHWs may contribute to changing public policy, especially with respect to sexual assault and sexual trauma
  • Describe health care programs and insurance coverage, and other resources
  • Discuss the gaps in coverage for people who face dealing with sexual trauma and sexual assault, and suggest areas that can be improved

    Class Learning Objectives – Module 2:
  • Gain an understanding of guiding principles of working in the field of sexual trauma. These include ethics, professional boundaries, establishing consent for all interactions, the scope of practice you operate inside, and working/cooperating as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Understand being completely Client-centric, and within this ensuring that all attempts at behavioral change are in the best interests and with the consent of the client.
  • Demonstrate how to obtain and document informed consent from a client.
  • Understand what you are mandated to report, and demonstrate how you would explain that to a client with consent and documentation.
  • Practice being “in-the-moment” with the client to focus on his problems, and let the client express any issues with open-ended questions.
  • Understand how to clarify a narrative with closed questions.
  • Understand how to reduce the risk of doing harm.
  • Understand that unreservedly accepting and respecting clients for who
    they are and without judgement is essential in dealing with any
    intimate or sexual history.
  • Learn to listen hard
  • Interpret cues about hostility and potential conflict, and understand
    how to de-escalate situations

    Class Dates:
    Dates listed under “Important Dates” in our catalogInstructional Method:
  • Remote learning via digital resources
  • Remote meeting in real-time by way of Zoom conference (1 hour-2 hours/week)
  • On-site meeting on date listed
  • Homework & worksheets

    Class Requirements
  • Participation in Zoom meetings
  • Homework & worksheets submissions
  • Final exam due on date listed in Class Portal

    Assessment Method
  • Pass/Fail