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:

July 11, 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.

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July 17-18, 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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July 25-26, 2018
9:30pm to 4:00pm

DO YOU Certification Training
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
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.

Lunch is provided each day.

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

REGISTER HERE.

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August 7, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: LGBTQ 201
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
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.

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August 16, 2018
9:30am to 4:00pm

Continuing Advocacy Training: Serving the Whole Person
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

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

REGISTER HERE.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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November 13, 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.

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