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iCAT: Institute Cohort Advocacy Training

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The National LGBTQ Institute on IPV invites you to participate in an innovative, survivor-centered, LGBTQ-informed learning and capacity-building experience.

Over 6 months, participate in a learning community focused on excellent advocacy, community engagement, and prevention of LGBTQ intimate partner violence via 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.


What is it?

Over 6 months, participate in a learning community focused on excellent advocacy, community engagement and prevention of LGBTQ intimate partner violence. Cohort members will support each other and improve their work with all survivors.

Who is it for?

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.

How do I do it?

Participants will meet (virtually, via the internet) weekly for live, real time, presentations, discussions and group work. Cohort members will have access to a platform for ongoing chat/discussion and opportunities for one to one conversation and consultation.

What’s the time commitment?

In total, 55-65 hours over 7 months; on average, 2 - 3 hours per week. We start with a virtual two day conference in January 2018, then launch weekly a meeting and activity schedule February through July. We will meet Tuesdays from 12-1:30 Pacific Time three weeks out of each month, with a fourth week reserved for independent learning. See calendar (coming soon!) for specific dates below.

Why?

Build your advocacy skills! Decrease isolation and increase inspiration to improve your organization’s ability to serve LGBTQ survivors.

Understand how to assess for who is the survivor in LGBTQ abusive relationships, who is doing the harm, and how to respond to both. Learn about best practices for community engagement, prevention and survivor centered advocacy with diverse LGBTQ communities. Get help building positive collaborative relationships between mainstream DV organizations and LGBTQ specific organizations.

What does this fabulous opportunity cost?

It is free!*

Wait what? It’s free? Where do I sign up?

Please be aware that space is limited and we want to encourage consistent participation, so you must APPLY to become part of our Cohort Advocacy Training.

Potential participants are requested to fill out the application form on Eventbrite. (If written forms pose an access barrier, we can arrange an alternative format, please email marci@nwnetwork.org)

Each application must include a signed affirmation of support from their supervisor, indicating that the supervisor understands the time commitment as well as the benefits of the iCAT. Two+ person teams from organizations will be prioritized. Ideal teams would include both direct service/advocacy staff and supervisor/management staff.

Time:

Initial two day jumpstart virtual conference: 8 hours; 4-5 hours live conversation/training + 1-3 hours of independent activity + 1-3 hours of online chat/email with participants and faculty per month for 6 months = 37-39 hours total.

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