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Every Wednesday in October
from Noon - 1:30pm on Zoom!

This event is free of charge but registration is required
for each day that you wish to attend!

CEC's through NASW are available!
.75 CECs per session, up to 1.5 CECs per day

Each Wednesday in October we’ll hear from two national experts on various topics impacting domestic violence survivors. Presentations will be 40 minutes each with a 10 minute break in between. You can register for any day in which you want to participate, but feel free to join the Zoom at the start of the second presentation if that’s the only one you’re interested in that day. See full presentation descriptions and takeaways below.

Register for Day 1 - October 7

Register for Day 2 - October 14

Register for Day 3 - October 21

Register for Day 4 - October 28

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To receive a CEC certificate, after you have attended all presentations/days in which you plan to participate, please email training@ctcadv.org with your name and the dates and times that you were present for conference presentations. Upon verification via Zoom reporting, CEC certificates will be awarded.


Complete Conference Presentation descriptions:

Day 1 - October 7

12:00pm - 12:40pm

Identifying and Implementing Tools to Develop Resiliency
Casey Keene, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Resilience is an innate human capacity that can be learned and developed in anyone. In this presentation, participants will learn how to make organizational changes and implement tools to promote resiliency through internal, external, and existential supports.

 Key Takeaways:

  • Identify and leverage their internal supports including abilities and skills such as communication, problem-solving, behavioral and emotional regulation, hope, and a positive view of oneself
  • Identify external supports for the survivor including caring supportive relationships with friends, family, neighbors, etc
  • Identify existential supports including cultural values and faith/belief systems
  • Utilize approaches in their organization including risk-focused, asset-focused, and process-focused, harnessing the power of adaptive systems/networks

12:50pm - 1:30pm

The Impact of Adultification on Child Survivors of Trauma with a Focus on Children of Color
Jacqueline Miller, Survivor & Consultant

This training will address the impact adultification has on children who experience trauma with an emphasis on black girls. Through storytelling, participants will learn about the presenter, Jacqueline Miller’s story as it unfolds in three dimensions, revealing how to develop a framework for building resilience with youth and communities of color.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand adultification, its intersections and impact
  • Understand how experiences of childhood trauma can impact development and decision making
  • Discover the impact of structural and instructional racism on children of color from a survivor’s perspective
  • Identify tools and sources for creating a plan to address adultification

Day 2 - October 14

12:00pm - 12:40pm

Survivor-Centered Service Design & Delivery
Iain De Jong, OrgCode

OrgCode believes that smartly-designed policies are crucial to organizational and community success. They specialize in policy analysis and development that is grounded in best practice. When it comes to working successfully with survivors, it is critical that our advocacy work is based on their terms, not our own.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the impact of trauma on victim/survivor motivation and decision-making
  • Identify ways to neutralize the power dynamics that exist between survivors and advocates
  • Gain tools to promote efficient collaboration between social service agencies, mental health providers for effective survivor-centered case management
  • Establish critical questions to assess your organization and shelter’s practices

12:50pm - 1:30pm

Supporting Safe Engagement with Men Who Cause Harm
Fernando Mederos, Consultant

For a variety of reasons, motivated by choice or necessity, survivors often maintain contact or live with their abuser. Professionals working with survivors may miss the mark if all efforts are based on the idea that no contact is the safest option and should be the ultimate goal. A well-rounded advocate will have the skills to discuss options for safe engagement in a way that continues to uphold batterer accountability.

Key Takeaways:

  • Consider alternative strategies and resources that hold abusers responsible without relying on the criminal justice system
  • Understand signs of safety and risk in talking to abusers
  • Assess capacity for change: identify perpetrators’ strengths, and assess triggers
  • Understanding strengths/capacities that men use in the change process

Day 3 - October 21

12:00pm - 12:40pm

Enhancing Access to Services and Safety for Immigrant Survivors
Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities

Immigrant survivors continue to face additional barriers and risks, which results in sharpening the tools of those who cause harm and undermining survivors’ access to safety and well-being. It is critical for advocates to stay informed of changing policies and help support systems advocacy, so they are well-positioned to help survivors navigate available resources and improve access to protections that support their safety and stability.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about current and proposed federal policies impacting immigrant survivors
  • Effectively integrate immigration issues to safety planning strategies
  • Understand key ways to engage in systems advocacy and improve the coordinated community response in order to better protect immigrant survivors’ access to safety and justice
  • Identify updated, reliable, and relevant tools and resources for survivors

12:50pm - 1:30pm

When Courts Went Virtual - Helping Clients During a Pandemic
Storm Ervin, Urban Institute

Change can be hard during the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Stay-at-home orders forced a quick shift to virtual service provision that was outside the norm and comfort zone for many organizations. To continue providing adequate access to support, researchers are looking into ways to advance innovative policies that would promote victim safety and address pros and cons associated with continued virtual advocacy efforts in its various forms.

Key Takeaways:

  • Consider the positive and negative outcomes for virtual advocacy within the court system
  • Identify tools and resources to support survivors with navigating virtual court hearings and procedures
  • Learn about various policies and practices used in court systems across the country during the pandemic

Day 4 - October 28

12:00pm - 12:40pm

Addressing Historical Trauma and its Impact on Our Work
Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie, HIR Wellness Institute of Milwaukee, WI

Known as historical trauma, experiences such as slavery and genocide that impact entire communities can result in cumulative emotional wounds and substantial trauma. As a result, many people in these same communities experience higher rates of mental and physical illness, substance abuse disorder, and erosion in families and community structures. Before we can begin to dismantle the structural racism impacting the lives of survivors, we must have an understanding of historical trauma.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ability to articulate the concept of historical trauma
  • Explore ways in which historical trauma evolves and intersects with the experiences of domestic violence survivors and advocates/professionals who serve them.
  • Develop essential concepts, frameworks and tools that productively enhance racial equity practice within your organization

12:50pm - 1:30pm

Confronting Privilege & Bias to Make Meaningful Change
Ruby White Staff, Caminar Latino

We are experiencing significant unrest in our country. Through all of this tragedy, we hope for much needed, lasting change as we seek to address the intersection of violence and oppression experienced by people of color. True advocacy requires us to confront our privilege and implicit biases so that we can better understand and effectively navigate the very real barriers they create for the most vulnerable survivors in our communities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Establish a foundational understanding of how implicit biases are formed and how they influence our decision-making
  • Recognize how oppression and privilege are operating within the domestic violence advocacy system and our own work with survivors
  • Identify & apply individual and organizational strategies that can be used to minimize impacts of bias 

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