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Core Advocacy Training - Farmington

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11th Judicial District Attorney's Office

335 S Miller Ave

Farmington, NM 87401

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The Core Advocacy Training is a 40-hour fundamental skills and knowledge training for advocates of domestic violence victims/survivors in New Mexico, supported by the Children Youth and Families Department. It is designed for new advocates but open to all.

The goals of the training are to leave participants with an understanding of:

  • The history of the domestic violence movement and theories of violence in intimate relationships, including the disproportionate amount of violence met on women by men;
  • The dynamics of domestic violence and tactics of abuse;
  • Trauma in the lives of victims and their children, and how it impacts behavior and functioning;
  • Secondary trauma and its effects in the lives of advocates;
  • The legal context of domestic abuse, including state and federal statutes, protection orders, civil and criminal justice systems, and jurisdiction on tribal lands;
  • An introduction to different cultural groups in New Mexico and the varying degrees of danger face by each;
  • Challenges and resources for immigrant victims of abuse;
  • The links between substance abuse and domestic violence;
  • Specific challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ community;
  • Child abuse and mandatory reporting;
  • The role and ethical guidelines of advocacy;
  • The importance of community partners and a coordinated response;

and Skills in:

  • Listening and connecting with clients;
  • Using a trauma lens to view difficult behaviors;
  • Crisis response, danger assessment, and safety planning in a variety of contexts;
  • Welcoming all people, including people with disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing clients, and clients with limited English proficiency,
  • Maintaining confidentiality and interacting with law enforcement;
  • De-escalating conflict;
  • Practicing cultural competency;
  • Valuing and practicing self-care.

Core Advocacy Training Structure:

We will be revamping both the in-person content, self-study online training course, and will continue to incorporate a follow-up workshop to reinforce the tools and practices advocates need to engage with those they are serving in a meaningful and trauma-informed way.

  • In-Person Intensive (21 Hours)

Participants will attend an in-person intensive which will be three full days of knowledge building and experiential training.

  • Online Training (12 hours)

Participants will also complete the online training course. The online course has been condensed and focused down to 12-hours to build all-around competency in domestic violence related knowledge. (Instructions to access to online training will be provided to all registrants in their confirmation email.)

  • Follow-Up Workshop (2-4 weeks after initial session)

Participants will attend a mandatory follow-up workshop to complete their 40-hour training. This advanced workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to further develop the skills that they learned in the initial in-person intensive. The focus will be on teaching advocacy skills that promote engagement and self determination. The skill development portion will occur in a supportive environment with demonstrations and individualized feedback.


In-Person Training

August 28th 9:00-5:00
August 29th: 9:00-5:00
August 30th: 9:00-5:00

Follow-up Workshop (Mandatory)

September 25th: 9:00-5:00

Meet the Trainers:

Lead Facilitator: Brian Serna

Brian Serna, LPCC, LADAC, is an international trainer and consultant in Evidence Based Practices (EBPs), ethics and cultural issues in behavioral healthcare. Mr. Serna excels at designing programs that implement EBPs with individuals who are resistant to change and have cultural barriers to accepting treatment. He has trained clinicians in the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) since 2001 having received his training and supervision directly from Dr. Robert J. Meyers. CRAFT is the ONLY Evidence Based Approach for helping families who have a loved one struggling with an addiction. He has trained and consulted with programs in over twenty different states and five different countries. Brian is also on the faculty at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. His company, Serna Solutions LLC provides consultation services and direct behavioral health services to adults, adolescents and families.

Featured Trainers:

NMCADV Associate Trainer
Topics: Domestic Violence

Topics: Tribal & Cutural Competency

NMCADV Accessibility Trainer
Topics: LEP & Disabilities

LGBTQ Presenter
Topics: Cultural Competence and Services for LGBTQ Clients



11th Judicial District Attorney's Office
335 S Miller Ave
Farmington, NM 87401
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Hotel Reservation Information

Holiday Inn Express
2110 Bloomfield Blvd
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 325-2545
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A hotel block has been set up at the Holiday Inn Express in Farmington at a rate of $94+tax per night. To reserve a room at this rate please call (505) 325-2545 and mention "NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence." The Holiday Inn Express offers free breakfast and free wifi.

Hotel Cut-off Date: Please call to make your reservation by August 6th, 2019. Our rate cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Meals & Snacks

Meals will be on your own. There are restaurants located close to the training location. We will provide coffee, tea, and light snacks throughout the day in the training room.

Cancellation Policy

The full fee is non-refundable if canceled less than one week prior to the event.


NMCADV encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 505-796-2130 or email training@nmcadv.org in advance of your participation.


This training is funded in part by the Children Youth and Families Department, Domestic Violence Unit.

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