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:

NOTICE: As more guidance is shared about best practices in response to Coronavirus/COVID-19, we have decided to follow the guidance of the CDC and Governor Northam, practice community care, and reduce opportunities for exposure. Therefore, the Action Alliance will not be holding in-person events through the end of July 2020.

NOT BEING HELD: LGBTQ+ Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy
March 17, 2020
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.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy
March 18, 2020
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.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: Joyful Sexuality and Reproductive Justice
April 6,2020
Clinch Valley Community Action
1379 Tazewell Ave.
North Tazewell, VA, 24630

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.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: VAdata for Advanced Users
April 17, 2020
ECPI Midlothian Campus
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.

Cost is $20.

Lunch is not included.

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NOT BEING HELD: Trauma-Informed Advocacy with African American Communities
April 21, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA, 23220

One of the main tenets 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 advocacy.

Lunch is provided.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: Tech-Safety for Advocates
May 5, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA, 23220

As the presence of technology increases in our personal and professional lives, advocates and other professionals working with survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence (SV/IPV) benefit from learning to analyze both the risks and benefits of its use. In addition to exploring how technology-based abuse impacts survivors, participants will identify ways they can support survivors in navigating tech systems safely, review best practices in tech safety for organizations, and prepare to integrate tech considerations in their organizations’ daily work. Participants should have a basic understanding of SV/IPV prior to attending this training.

Lunch is provided.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: Talking to Schools About the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline: Training for Trainers
May 7, 2020
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. This 6-hour training will address the connections between trauma and system-involved youth, and will provide participants with a brief “training in a box” to take back to deliver to their 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.

Lunch is provided.

Cost is $25.

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NOT BEING HELD: Working with Immigrant Survivors
May 13 & 14, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA, 23220

Survivors of violence who are also immigrants have unique needs that advocates must take into consideration in 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.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: Principles of Primary Prevention
July 28, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
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.

Costs vary based on membership.

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NOT BEING HELD: DO YOU Facilitator Training
July 29 and 30, 2020
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 (i.e., Principles of Primary Prevention or an equivalent).

Lunch is provided both days.

Costs vary based on membership.

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High-Risk Safety Planning
Date TBA
Location TBA

This training is for advocates who are part of a Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) Community and who are responding to callers and survivors who are identified as high risk. *Full description to come.

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Building Thriving Communities
August 19, 2020
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 will be provided.

Cost is $25.

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Supporting Youth Resilience Through Technology
September 15, 2020
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.

Costs vary based on membership.

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Legal Advocacy
September 22-23, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA, 23220

Survivors who engage with the criminal and 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 two-day training is to strengthen attendees’ understanding of SV/IPV laws and how to provide effective legal advocacy. This training explores the multitude of available civil and criminal legal system remedies and resources, the unique needs of underserved survivors, and nuances related to the Virginia Code, protective orders, and victims’ rights. Participants attending this training are required to have a basic understanding of SV/IPV.

Lunch is provided both days.

Costs vary based on membership.

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VAdata for Advanced Users
October 9, 2020
ECPI Midlothian Campus
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.

Cost is $20.

Lunch is not included.

Click here to register.


Trauma-Informed Advocacy with African American Communities
October 14, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA, 23220

One of the main tenets 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 advocacy.

Lunch is provided.

Costs vary based on membership.

Click here to register.


Economic Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy
November 5, 2020
Action Alliance
1118 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA, 23220

This training will explore Economic Justice (EJ) as a framework for intervention and prevention strategies. We will use the socioecological model to examine how economic justice can be implemented at personal, relationship, community, and societal levels. We want participants to walk away from this training with an understanding of how EJ should be implemented through all levels of service, as well as how it intersects with racial, reproductive, and, gender justice.

Lunch is provided.

Costs vary based on membership.

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