Trainings

2018 Training dates are here! 

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Scroll down to register for upcoming trainings. More trainings will be added throughout the year. 

Advocacy Trainings are designed for advocates working with people who have experienced/are experiencing sexual and/or domestic violence and are conducted by members of the Action Alliance Training Institute Faculty and Staff. While this series is designed for staff and volunteers of Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies (SDVAs), the content is also helpful to allied professionals including healthcare providers, therapists/counselors, homeless services, faith communities, social workers, victim/witness assistance staff, and more. BATs help participants learn about and practice many of the basic skills necessary for effective advocacy.

Continuing Advocacy Trainings (CATs) were developed in response to the growing need to provide continuing education for advocates and allied professionals who have been in the sexual and domestic violence field for over three years. This series will offer advocates and allied professionals a chance to dig deeper and continue to build critical skills needed to enhance the response to and prevention of sexual and domestic violence.


UPCOMING TRAININGS:

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August 21, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Racial Justice as Trauma Informed Advocacy
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

This training will examine how institutional and systemic racism create disparities in experiences between survivors of color and survivors who are white (including disparities in access to resources and support following trauma exposure), why a racial justice lens is integral to trauma-informed advocacy and prevention, and specific examples of how the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance has integrated a racial justice lens into aspects of its work.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE

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August 22, 2018
10:00am-4:00pm

Talking to Schools About the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline: A Training for Trainers
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

The vast majority of youth referred from school to law enforcement and into the juvenile justice system are survivors of trauma. The justice system typically fails to address, and often deepens, trauma. Kate McCord of the Action Alliance will be joined by Valerie Slater, Esq., Executive Director of RISE for Youth to facilitate this 6-hour training that will cover the connections between toxic stress and behavior issues in school, how trauma connects with system-involved youth, how and why restorative justice differs from traditional discipline, and simple tips for responding to students in trauma-informed ways.

Participants will be given a brief “training in a box” to take back to deliver to your local schools and task forces to start conversations about simple steps that schools can take to significantly reduce the number of youth referred to law enforcement by responding to students in more trauma-informed ways.

Intended audience: Preventionists, youth advocates, teachers, community organizers working on disrupting trauma-to-prison pipeline, and anyone working within their local schools on building healthy relationships and improving school climate.

Lunch will be provided.

Cost is $25 per person (regardless of membership).

REGISTER HERE

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September 4, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Legal Advocacy
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA  23220

This training explores how to provide effective legal advocacy with an enhanced understanding of available civil/criminal legal system remedies, the unique needs of underserved survivors, and nuances related to the Virginia Code, Protective Orders, and Victim’s Rights. This training requires participants to have a basic understanding of sexual and domestic violence.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE


September 5, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Trauma Informed Response to People with Disabilities
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA  23220

This training is meant to give an overview of sexual and domestic violence as it pertains to people with disabilities and barriers to service access for this population. Within this training we will discuss SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) six key principles of a trauma-informed approach and ways to incorporate this framework into practice when working with people with disabilities.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
$25 per person (regardless of membership)

REGISTER HERE

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September 11-12, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Advocacy 101: The Basics
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Over 2 days, this training will explore trauma-informed advocacy as the framework for providing sexual and domestic violence services in a culturally-responsive manner. We will address fundamental issues such as sexual and domestic violence within the context of rape/victim blaming culture, what it means to be culturally-responsive, practice basic crisis intervention skills, highlight prevention strategies, and more. This training is an interactive, creative space and is designed for new advocates or seasoned advocates who want a refresher and to stay up on current knowledge, best practices, and resources.

Lunch is provided each day.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $130
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $150
Non-members – $210

REGISTER HERE

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September 18, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Principles of Primary Prevention
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA  23220

Primary prevention programs are focused on reducing or eliminating the first-time perpetration of sexual violence and intimate partner violence SV/IPV. This means figuring out what factors make some people more at-risk to perpetrate SV/IPV, and changing or interrupting those factors. This training delves into the key concepts underlying this innovative work, highlights promising practices from the field, and includes an overview of Virginia’s Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence used by sexual and domestic violence agencies throughout Virginia and across the country.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE


September 19, 2018
9:30am-4:00pm

Trauma Informed Response to African American Communities
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

This training is meant to give an overview of how to provide a trauma-informed response to survivors in the African-American Community. This training will look at some of the historical and current barriers to services and ways to implement culturally-responsive practices into services and response.

Lunch is provided.

Cost is $25.

REGISTER HERE


September 25, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Reproductive and Sexual Coercion
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA  23220

In this training participants will increase their understanding of reproductive health and sexuality, sexual coercion screening and program best practices, and how to implement successful partnerships with key healthcare providers in their locality.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE



October 3, 2018

9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Racial Justice as Trauma Informed Advocacy
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

This training will examine how institutional and systemic racism create disparities in experiences between survivors of color and survivors who are white (including disparities in access to resources and support following trauma exposure), why a racial justice lens is integral to trauma-informed advocacy and prevention, and specific examples of how the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance has integrated a racial justice lens into aspects of its work.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE

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October 17, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Serving the Whole Person
Location: TBD

This CAT is intended to help build capacity and improve collaboration between domestic violence programs (DVPs) and Community Service Boards (CSBs) in Virginia. Appropriate for domestic and sexual violence agency professionals and professionals working in the behavioral health field, particularly those working for CSBs. Policymakers in social services, criminal justice, mental health, and substance use could also benefit from this training. As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the essential dynamics, philosophical frameworks, best practice language, and services related to domestic violence and behavioral health.
  • Define and explore trauma informed services as the common denominator bridging the fields of domestic violence and behavioral health.
  • Practice integrated, collaborative responses to trauma.
  • Identify tools, resources, and strategies for cross-collaborative/integrated service models.

Lunch is provided.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTRATION FORTHCOMING

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October 23-24, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Working with Survivors who are Immigrants
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

A full two-day training that explores the diverse and unique needs of survivors who are immigrants including VAWA immigration remedies, language and cultural differences, community outreach, and agency capacity building to serve survivors from immigrant communities. This training offers advocates an opportunity to build on their assets to better serve immigrant survivors while paying attention to the very real barriers experienced by these survivors.

Lunch is provided each day.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $130
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $150
Non-members – $210

REGISTER HERE


October 29, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

PREA Summit
Tuckahoe Library
1901 Starling Dr
Henrico, VA 23229

Description: The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) is the first United States federal law intended to deter the sexual assault of prisoners, signed into law on September 4, 2003. The PREA Summit will focus on trauma informed services in detention, navigating corrections and advocacy partnerships, and what corrections and victim services can learn from each other. The intended audience for this summit includes advocates, correction officers/law Enforcement, counselors, social workers, and anyone who works with incarcerated individuals.

Lunch will be on-your-own (a 1.5 hour break will be provided).

Cost is $20, regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE



November 6-7, 2018

9:30am to 4:00pm

Advocacy 101: The Basics
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Over 2 days, this training will explore trauma-informed advocacy as the framework for providing sexual and domestic violence services in a culturally-responsive manner. We will address fundamental issues such as sexual and domestic violence within the context of rape/victim blaming culture, what it means to be culturally-responsive, practice basic crisis intervention skills, highlight prevention strategies, and more. This training is an interactive, creative space and is designed for new advocates or seasoned advocates who want a refresher and to stay up on current knowledge, best practices, and resources.

Lunch is provided each day.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $130
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $150
Non-members – $210

REGISTER HERE

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