invites you to the
Domestic Violence Advocate Core Competency Training
This training is designed to provide counselors at member organizations with the opportunity to receive 40 hours of training that includes:
- dynamics of domestic violence
- trauma resulting from domestic violence
- crisis intervention
- personal safety
- risk management
- criminal and civil court processes
- resources available to victims.
Additionally, there are other competency areas that we have deemed necessary and beneficial for inclusion in core training. These include: Ethical Advocacy, Children and DV, Self Care, Housing Laws/Resources, Cultural Sensitivity for Special Populations
HOW: This will be a dynamic and learner-centered training. Participants will work as individuals, in pairs and small groups to digest information, develop ideas and practice applying new skills. A combination of guest speakers and DCCADV staff will be facilitating the various sessions. Participants should expect to be actively engaged in the learning material.
WHEN: We have adopted a unique scheduling format for this training, hoping to ease the time away from the office. We are also expanding to 6 days, in order to incorporate additioanl essential topics and ensure that there are 40 hours of contact/content time. The training will be offered over the course of 3 weeks. Participants should plan to attend all 6 days in order to recieve certification of hours. Please plan your calendars accordingly.
WHO: This training is targeted for those advocates who have been in the field less than 1-2 years and/or are not currently covered under the DC privilege statute. Anyone wishing to attend one or two sessions only must coordinate a request with the Training Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Training day's schedule will be as follows:
- 8:30 am Arrival
- 9:00 am Session start
- Lunch will be provided
- 5:00 pm Training Day's end
The confirmed dates and proposed topics are as follows:
- Thursday, October 30: Intro to dynamics of domestic violence and resources
- Friday, October 31: Housing Resources and Self Awareness, Criminal Processes
- Thursday, November 6: Crisis Intervention, Risk Assessment, Safety Planning
- Friday, November 7: Trauma, Special Populations, In Her Shoes activity
- Thursday, November 13: Recordkeeping, Confidentiality, Civil Court Process, Children and DV
- Friday, November 14: Self Care, Ethical Advocacy
(*topic schedules are subject to change of date/time)
Sessions will be begin promptly at 9:00 am, you are welcome to arrive anytime after 8:30am. Late arrivals should be avoided as it greatly affects the learning and the group cohesion.
Training is free of charge for all member agency staff and volunteers.
A charge of $80 to cover materials and lunch will be charged for non-members.
Priority will be given to member agencies in the event that the training slots fill up. If you have questions as to whether the topics will be appropriate for your level of expertise in the field, do not hesitate to contact us.
For questions, please contact Joayne Larson, Training Director at 202-299-1181 x103 or email email@example.com
When & Where
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence