Trainings

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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:


July 9-10, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

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

This training will encompass 6 of our 7 Basic Advocacy Trainings (BATs). 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. Participants will learn about 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.

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

REGISTER HERE



July 16, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

LGBTQ+ 201
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Survivors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer experience unique barriers when seeking services from sexual and domestic violence advocacy agencies and allied professionals. This training will go from theory to practice making direct links between sexism and homophobia/transphobia and its impact on survivors with particular focus on trans* communities and experiences. Participants will explore advocacy and assessment techniques, dig into the impact of sexual violence across the LGBTQ spectrum, and discover concrete action steps to build a more effective organization that is ready to serve LGBTQ survivors.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE


RESCHEDULED: August 14, 2019
9:30am to 4:00pm

Campus Summit
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

This training will explore challenges to campus-community partnerships in preventing and responding to campus sexual assault with a goal cultivating stronger partnerships. Participants will learn about research on the topic, including policies, laws and regulations affecting process and roles. They will share their own experiences, and collaboratively gain knowledge and understanding about various campus and community roles (e.g. advocates, police, Title IX officers, counselors, criminal justice system), responsibilities and constraints, and ultimately work together to create solutions. The training is geared to individuals working in community or campus settings who address campus sexual assault and sexual misconduct.

Lunch is provided.

Cost is $75 regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE


RESCHEDULED: August 16, 2019
10:00am to 3:00pm

VAdata Regional New User and Refresher Training
ECPI University (Roanoke)
5234 Airport Rd NW
Roanoke, VA 24012

Sexual and domestic violence agencies across the state are using VAdata to track services and manage their grant reporting. This training is for those who are new VAdata users, or folks who need a refresher on certain features of the system. Attendees will experience a general walk through of the system, its forms and functions, and learn how to get the most out of your end user experience.

Lunch will be on-your-own.

Cost is $20 regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE.



August 20, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Recognizing that all forms of oppression are interconnected, we know that in order to end sexual and domestic violence we must also work to end racism. 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) and why a racial justice lens is integral to trauma-informed advocacy and prevention. Participants will be given specific examples of how the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance has integrated a racial justice lens into aspects of its work to take back to their agencies.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE



August 28, 2019

10:00am to 4:00pm

Building Thriving Communities Leadership Training
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

This training is for individuals who would like to dive more deeply into promoting public participation and survivor participation in public policy and civic engagement work that leads to healthy, safe, just, and compassionate communities. Participants will learn about reconnecting with our movement roots and employing organizing strategies that seek to facilitate authentic connections between people, across differences, and around issues in an effort build safe and thriving communities.

Lunch is provided.

Cost is $25 regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE



September 11, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

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

Primary Prevention efforts change conditions (laws, norms, cultural expectations) so perpetration is less likely to happen. They are designed to shift attitudes, behaviors and norms that support and perpetuate the root causes of violence. This interactive training delves into the key concepts underlying this innovative work, highlights promising practices from the field, provides opportunities to practice these concepts and practices, and includes an overview of Virginia’s Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence used by sexual and domestic agencies and allied community partners 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 12-13, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

DO YOU Facilitation Training
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

DO YOU: Building Youth Resilience Through Creative Expression is a primary prevention strategy to address teen dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying by promoting positive youth development and healthy relationships. This training is designed for adult facilitators and teen mentors (who are peer facilitators) interested in implementing DO YOU in their communities. This comprehensive training will equip you with all materials and experience necessary to successfully implement the 10-session DO YOU program locally with small groups of teens ages 13-16. In order to attend this training, participants must have been through a SV/IPV prevention training (ie. Principles of Primary Prevention or an equivalent).

Lunch is provided each day.

Cost:
SDVA Members – $350
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $400
Non-members – $500

REGISTER HERE



September 24, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Send Nudes: Supporting Youth Resilience Through Technology
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Youth use technology to connect with peers and partners every day. In this training, we will explore both the strengths in these practices as well as talk about ways we can support young people being safe. As adults who work with youth, this training will provide tools to be more effective adult allies, with a focus on healthy sexuality and technology.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE



October 4, 2019

10:00am to 1:00pm

VAdata for Advanced Users
ECPI University (Midlothian)
800 Moorefield Park Dr.
Richmond, VA 23236

Sexual and domestic violence agencies across the state are using VAdata to track services and manage their grant reporting. This training aims to provide regular VAdata users with information about the multiple different reports in VAdata and hands on experience inputting data. After this training, participants will understand when and how to use the reports in VAdata, how to use and audit queries to retrieve information, how to use reports in grant writing, and how data entry impacts quarterly statistical reports.

Lunch is not included.

Cost is $20.

REGISTER HERE



October 8, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Trauma-Informed Advocacy with African American Communities
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

One of the main tenants of trauma informed advocacy involves respecting and honoring cultural and historical issues. This training is meant to give an overview of how to provide a trauma-informed response to survivors in the African-American Community. Participants 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:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE



October 15-16, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Working with Survivors Who are Immigrants
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Survivors of violence who are also immigrant have unique needs that advocates must take into consideration into order to provide effective services. This two day training explores those needs, including VAWA immigration remedies, language and cultural differences, community outreach, and agency capacity building to serve survivors from immigrant communities. Advocates will have 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.

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

REGISTER HERE



October 23-24, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

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

New in 2019- Now two days!

Survivors who engage with the criminal or civil legal systems need advocates who understand and can explain the ins and outs of the laws that impact their clients. The objective of this training is to strengthen attendees understanding of IPV/SV laws and how to provide effective legal advocacy. This training explores the multitude of available civil/criminal legal system remedies and resources, the unique needs of underserved survivors, and nuances related to the Virginia Code, Protective Orders, and Victim’s Rights. Participants attending this training are required to have a basic understanding of sexual and domestic violence.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE



November 1, 2019

10:00am to 3:00pm

VAdata New User and Refresher Training
ECPI University (Norfolk)
2428 Almeda Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23513

Sexual and domestic violence agencies across the state are using VAdata to track services and manage their grant reporting. This training is for those who are new VAdata users, or folks who need a refresher on certain features of the system. Attendees will experience a general walk through of the system, its forms and functions, and learn how to get the most out of your end user experience.

Lunch will be on-your-own.

Cost is $20 regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE

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