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:

February 8, 2019
10:00am to 3:00pm

VADATA Regional New User and Refresher Training
ECPI University (Midlothian)
800 Moorefield Park Dr. Room 124
Richmond, VA 23236

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



February 12, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Working with Male Survivors
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

The training will provide attendees with knowledge and skills to better recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in males with a specific focus on boys and men of color. More importantly trainees will become better able to understand the trauma and healing needs of the communities they serve which will enhance their ability to incorporate a healing-centered lens into the work they do. The training will take place over the course of a day and consist of three (3) phases: (1) Trauma 101 for males and particularly boys and men of color; (2) Trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches; (3) Vicarious trauma and Self-Care.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE


Februrary 16, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm

Criminalizing Survival: A Community Based Training
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Using a curriculum  from Survived & Punished, the Action Alliance is excited to host a free community workshop to help activists, advocates, organizers and community members to learn more about how domestic violence survivors are targeted, punished, and criminalized by law enforcement and judicial systems. In our conversation we will explore the connections between gender-based violence, prisons, and state violence.

After the workshop, participants and other community members will be invited to write letters to and make cards for LGBTQ+ folks who are currently incarcerated.

Read more about Survived & Punished: www.survivedandpunished.org

Lunch is provided.

Attendance is free!

REGISTER HERE



February 27, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Trauma-Informed Advocacy with African American Communities
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
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



February 28, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

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



March 26, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy
Action Alliance Office
1118 W. Main Street
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



April 5, 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 regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE



April 9, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Tech-Facilitated Intimate Partner Violence
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Technology is a large component of IPV, both as an abuse and control tactic by abusers and as a safety and empowerment tool by survivors. Technology is also an integral component of agency operations. The objective of this training is to develop attendees’ capacity to provide effective services to survivors of technology-facilitated IPV and to safely manage technology within their agency. This training explores the major forms of technology-based IPV and how they impact survivors, safety planning considerations, the role of empowering technology, and best practices in agency technology safety. Participants attending this training are required to have a basic understanding of IPV.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE



April 11, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Beyond Choice: Reproductive Justice and Joyful Sexuality
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Reproductive Justice is an intersectional framework that understands reproductive health in a full and holistic way. In this training, participants will increase their understanding of this framework and explore the ways that joyful sexuality can connect to prevention and building holistic services for survivors of sexual violence.

Lunch is provided.

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

REGISTER HERE



April 16-17, 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



May 3, 2019

10:00am to 3:00pm

VAdata Regional New User and Refresher Training
ECPI University (Manassas)
10021 Balls Ford Rd. #100
Manassas, VA 20109

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



May 8, 2019

10:00am to 4:00pm

Trauma to Prison Pipeline Training for Trainers
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
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 is provided.

Cost is $25 regardless of membership.

REGISTER HERE



May 15-16, 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



May 22, 2019

9:30am to 4:00pm

Working with People with Disabilities
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

People with disabilities are victimized by crime at higher rates than the rest of the population. 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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s 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:
SDVA Members – $65
Lifetime, Professional, or Affiliate Member – $75
Non-members – $105

REGISTER HERE



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



August 2, 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



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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