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  • Improve your organization’s response to LGBTQ survivors?
  • Increase your ability to provide meaningful, survivor centered, advocacy to LGBTQ survivors?
  • Know more about how to engage the LGBTQ community around prevention and intervention regarding DV?
  • Learn from other organizations and build community?

Then the LGBTQ Institute’s Cohort Advocacy Training (iCAT) is for you!

The Cohort Advocacy Training will focus on excellent advocacy, community engagement, and prevention of LGBTQ intimate partner violence using free, live, real-time presentations and discussions via the internet. Advocates, program supervisors and executive directors of both mainstream and culturally specific programs addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of intimate partner violence will support each other and improve their work with all survivors.

Time commitment:

We start with a two day virtual conference. After that, cohort members will meet two hours per week for 6 months on Tuesdays 12-2pm Pacific time.

How does iCAT work?

Participants will attend an LGBTQ advocacy and access focused webinar the first Tuesday of each month. Participants will then have opportunities for group discussion both live and via the chat in our virtual classroom. Each month participants will engage in a pragmatic, real-world based assignment designed to help them expand and apply ideas. Class time will provide space for support and reflection. At the end, you will receive a certificate of completion.

We begin with a two day JUMPSTART virtual conference:

Day 1: 1.5 hour morning session and 1.5 hour afternoon session:

Introductions of trainers and participants; hopes and expectations; orientation to the technology of Adobe Connect and how we will use it during the course; Orientation to the structure and intentions of the learning cohort;

Day 2: 1.5 hour morning session and 1.5 hour afternoon session:

Initial individual and organizational assessment and discussion, overview of Trauma Stewardship and how to use the Trauma Stewardship time in week 3 of each month

Starting in April, each month will look like this:

Week 1: attend webinar

iCAT participants have the option of staying online at end of webinar for ½ hour to discuss further or ask questions. Additionally, iCAT participants may post questions and comments on their discussion board in their Adobe Connect classroom during the webinar. Staff will monitor and respond to these comments.

Week 2: Coaching and problem solving related to webinar and other topics

Participants will identify an organizational or individual challenge, and submit it to the group by Monday. The live 2 hour session will focus on working through questions/challenges with the input of the group and the Institute trainer.

Week 3: Self Care and Trauma Stewardship

Trauma Stewardship is an essential part of sustainability for individuals and organizations. After an introduction to Trauma Stewardship during the launch, participants will be encouraged to use their two hours in week three to engage in a self-care strategy. This could include taking the time to organize workflow, using the time for reflection and brainstorming, or seeking inspiration by attending The Network’s “cutting edge” webinar.

Week 4: Application of concepts and discussion

At the end of week 1, Trainers will email an assignment or exercise to participants.

In week three or four, participants will engage in a real world activity and report back to the group. This may include researching local resources, presenting an idea or challenge to their staff, revising a process or protocol…

Exercises will be designed to be do-able while encouraging stretching and learning edges. The intention of these will be to help participants build skills, create stronger community collaborations, and increase their ability to be positive leaders and change agents in their programs.

Monthly themes for 2018:

March: JUMP START! 2 day virtual conference : Best practices for assessing who is surviving abuse and advocacy basics, self and organizational assessment

April: Beyond the Wheel – specific LGBTQ experiences of abuse

May: Sheltering: emergency and long term housing for LGBTQ survivors

June: Facilitating diverse support groups and providing services to people of diverse sexual orientations and genders

July: It Takes a Village, People! Advocacy resources for mobilizing friend and families

August: Learning about and Learning From Economic Empowerment Programs

September: Building Strong Organizational Collaborations between LGBTQ and mainstream organizations


iCAT is free! But you must apply and have organizational support to participate

AWESOME! How do I get in on this?

Please fill out the application, you can find it by clicking on REGISTER above. Please be aware that space is limited; we will be prioritizing teams from organizations, especially those that include management and advocacy staff.

Applications are due: February 14, 2018

We will notify you if you are accepted into the program by: March 2, 2018

More about the LGBTQ Institute on IPV:

The National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence is a project of The Northwest Network, in partnership with the New York Anti Violence Project. You can find out more about our work and focus at

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