Basic & Continuing Advocacy Trainings

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All BATs and CATs take place from 9:30-4:00 p.m. and are located in our Richmond office unless otherwise noted.

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

Basic Advocacy Trainings (BATs) 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.

BATs include:

*Child and Youth Advocacy     *Crisis Intervention    *Cultural Competency

*Domestic Violence                   *Sexual Violence           *Trauma-Informed 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.

CATs include:

*Legal Advocacy     *Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy

*Reproductive & Sexual Coercion    *Working with Survivors who are LGBTQ

*Working with Survivors who are Immigrants

*Essential Elements of Collaboration: Behavioral Health & Domestic Violence *Trauma-Informed Advocacy: College Campuses

UPCOMING TRAININGS:

 

May 9, 2017
Essential Elements of Collaboration: Behavioral Health & Domestic Violence

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.

REGISTER HERE.

May 17, 2017
Domestic Violence

This training explores the root causes of domestic violence; the “herstory” of the movement to end domestic violence; how trauma-informed advocacy acts as the framework for service provision; risk factors and risk assessment; safety planning; domestic violence laws in Virginia; and systems advocacy.

REGISTER HERE.

May 18, 2017
Sexual Violence

This training introduces concepts about rape culture and challenges related to changing social norms across the social ecological model; advocacy with sexual assault survivors; beliefs about healthy sexuality; confidentiality; and relationship building for successful community collaborations.

REGISTER HERE.

May 25, 2017
Reproductive and Sexual Coercion

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.

REGISTER HERE.

June 6, 2017
Essential Elements of Collaboration: Behavioral Health & Domestic Violence
Lexington, VA

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.

REGISTER HERE.

June 29, 2017
Child and Youth Advocacy

This training explores the ways in which children and youth are impacted by violence perpetrated against significant adults in their lives; the scope of physical and sexual violence perpetrated against children and youth; personal and community values about children and youth; policies related to reporting child abuse/ neglect; unique issues of legal protections, confidentiality, empowerment; the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research on our services; and culturally appropriate services for children and youth.

REGISTER HERE.

July 12, 2017
Cultural Competency

This training explores the definition of culture; stages of cultural competency in theory and practice; assessment of value difference as a source of tension; strategies for managing conflict; opportunities to increase appreciating and valuing difference.

REGISTER HERE.

July 18, 2017
Principles of Primary Prevention

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.

REGISTER HERE.

July 27, 2017
Trauma-Informed Advocacy

This training explores the core principles of being trauma-informed along with the latest research on how trauma impacts the mind and body. Then we put it into practice – digging into and practicing what it actually means to be trauma-informed in everyday work, particularly in relation to the voluntary services model.

REGISTER HERE.

August 2, 2017
Legal Advocacy

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.

REGISTER HERE.

August 15, 2017
Crisis Intervention

This training explores personal and institutional beliefs about crisis; an empowerment model approach to crisis intervention; communication and response techniques; cultural influences on crisis and crisis response; emotional and safety needs; problem solving.

REGISTER HERE.

September 14, 2017
Trauma-Informed Advocacy: College Campuses

This CAT is focused on best practices for the prevention of and response to gender-based violence on college campuses, with an emphasis on utilizing trauma-informed, asset-building, and racial justice lenses in response, adjudication, policy, and prevention practices on campus. This 6-hour in-person training is intended for campus advocates, administrators, safety and compliance officers, and allied professionals who work to end gender-based violence in campus communities.

REGISTER HERE.

September 21, 2017
Reproductive and Sexual Coercion

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.

REGISTER HERE.

September 27, 2017
LGBTQ 201-Taking it to the Next Level

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.

REGISTER HERE.

September 28, 2017
Trauma-Informed Advocacy

This training explores the core principles of being trauma-informed along with the latest research on how trauma impacts the mind and body. Then we put it into practice – digging into and practicing what it actually means to be trauma-informed in everyday work, particularly in relation to the voluntary services model.

REGISTER HERE.

 

October 19, 2017
Legal Advocacy

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.

REGISTER HERE.

October 25, 2017
Working with Survivors Who Are Immigrants

A full 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.

REGISTER HERE.

October 27, 2017
VAdata for Advanced Users

Are you a Director who wants to learn more about what VAdata can do for you? Are you responsible for your agency’s grant reporting and want to learn more about how VAdata can make your grant reporting easier? Did you know that VAdata provides 14 different data reports, including reports for your primary grants through DCJS and VDSS? Are you hesitant to trust the reports in VAdata? If so, this VAdata report training is just what you’re looking for!

REGISTER HERE.

November 8, 2017
Domestic Violence

This training explores the root causes of domestic violence; the “herstory” of the movement to end domestic violence; how trauma-informed advocacy acts as the framework for service provision; risk factors and risk assessment; safety planning; domestic violence laws in Virginia; and systems advocacy.

REGISTER HERE.

November 9, 2017
Sexual Violence

This training introduces concepts about rape culture and challenges related to changing social norms across the social ecological model; advocacy with sexual assault survivors; beliefs about healthy sexuality; confidentiality; and relationship building for successful community collaborations.

REGISTER HERE.

December 5, 2017
Racial Justice as Trauma-Informed Advocacy

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.

REGISTER HERE.