Training Calendar

Thursday, February 22, 2-3:30pm – The Three OPs in TN: An overview of Tennessee Orders of Protection

In this webinar, we will define, compare, and contrast traditional Orders of Protection with those for elderly or vulnerable adults and lifetime Orders of Protection. Participants will also gain valuable insights from a domestic violence attorney on assisting domestic violence survivors throughout their entire OP process, including:
• petitioning for an order
• testifying at court hearings; AND
• navigating reconciliation and negotiations

Wednesday, February 28, 10-11:30am – I Don’t Want to Talk About It’: Having Brave Conversations in the Workplace

We are often called upon to engage in challenging conversation with clients, staff, partners, and funders. These conversations stretch our skills in crisis response, negotiation, empathy, strategizing, and improvisation. They can make us feel anxious, stressed, resentful, and even burned out. This workshop will help reframe difficult confrontations into brave conversations, offering tools to support your work and ample time for conversation and practice.

Wednesday, March 27, 10-11:30am – Connected, Stable, & Empowered: Safety Planning Beyond the Crisis

What is safety planning and why is it so important for those working with survivors of interpersonal violence? This webinar will explore strategies for safety planning, including specific considerations for victims in high-risk situations. It will also address the need to look beyond immediate crisis and include long-term strategies for lasting security. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to assist clients in creating personalized plans to stay safe and promote well-being.

Wednesday, April 24, 10-11:30am – Becoming an Oasis: Mindful, Calming, & De-Escalation Tools for Daily Practice

This discussion will focus on the themes of accessibility, dignity, and respect for survivors, co-workers, professional partners, and ourselves. We will explore ways that we can be more present in our work, help reduce stress, anxiety, and fear responses in clients and colleagues, and implement small shifts toward wellness in our overall work.

Wednesday, June 26, 10-11:30am – Implementing Trauma-Informed Care: How Understanding Trauma, Empowerment, & Wellness Strengthens Our Work

Trauma-informed care acknowledges the need to understand a survivor’s life experiences in order to deliver effective care, and has the potential to improve the experiences and outcomes of the people we serve. A comprehensive approach to trauma-informed care must be adopted at both the direct-services and organizational levels. Too frequently, providers attempt to implement trauma-informed care at the micro-level without the proper supports necessary for broad organizational culture change. This can lead to uneven, and often unsustainable, shifts in day-to-day operations. This narrow focus also fails to recognize how other staff, such as front desk workers and security personnel, often have significant interactions with clients and can be critical to ensuring that survivors feel safe. In this webinar, we will be taking a look at trauma-informed work from multiple angles, across organizations and role to ensure implementation that can support both clients and staff.

Wednesday, July 24, 10-11:30am – Vexatious: How Abusers Use Our Systems Against their Victims

Many abusers misuse the court system to maintain power and control over their former or current partners. Only one U.S. state, Tennessee, has a law specifically aimed at stopping a former romantic partner from filing vexatious litigation against an ex. Despite this law, misuse of the legal system by perpetrators remains relatively common and the stress incurred from this experience can drain victims’ finances, cause them to miss work, pull them away from their families, and force them to navigate the complex legal system, often on their own. This webinar will explore how these systems can be leveraged against victims and what professionals can do to mitigate the harm.

Wednesday, August 28, 10-11:30am – Barriers or Doorways? Boundaries as a Fundamental Part of Our Work

“Walls keep everybody out. Boundaries teach people where the door is.”
This discussion will focus on the importance of boundaries as a fundamental tool for building healthy and productive relationships with clients, colleagues, and partners. Panelists will explore how to uncover your boundaries, tools for communicating your boundaries, the reasons we sometimes struggle with enforcing our boundaries, and how our boundaries change and evolve over time.

Wednesday, September 25, 10-11:30am – He Sent Me Flowers: The Hidden Dangers of Stalking

Stalking is a prevalent, dangerous and often misunderstood crime that often results in lethal violence. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports that about 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked at some point in their lives, many of these as minors. Stalking is also a high risk indicator in domestic violence cases. And yet, taken without context, many individual incidents of stalking are made up of perfectly legal actions. Participants of this training will leave with an understanding of stalking behaviors, the impact of stalking on the victim, and how to best work to rebuild safety and well-being for those experiencing stalking.

Wednesday, October 23, 10-11:30am – Just Lovely People: The Way We Talk About Domestic Violence is Killing Us

Abusers are often experts at manipulating peers, at presenting a charismatic façade that hides the abuse they may perpetrate against their victims on a regular basis. Often serious and tragic incidents of domestic violence are portrayed in the media as anomalies, wherein an otherwise ‘lovely person’ just ‘snapped’. Entertainment can still be seen portraying control, jealousy, and abuse as romance. The ways society speaks about domestic violence leaves victims at risk, hampers prevention efforts, and removed responsibility from perpetrators. This course was designed to give the attendees an advanced understanding of the causes and risks associated with domestic violence, as well as offender profiles, barriers to safety and service for victims, how we can begin to change societal responses to domestic violence, and meet victims where they are to help them achieve their individual ideas of safety and justice.

Wednesday, November 20, 10-11:30am – Beyond Band-Aid’s: Healing Burnout & Empowering Teams

How do we balance our mission to provide safety and empowerment for victims of interpersonal violence, with the knowledge that our staff absorb the stories of those that they serve and over time may exhibit the same trauma symptoms we see in our clients? What does it mean to make our supervision with staff as trauma-informed as our work with victims? Is it possible to preserve our duty to victims while weighing our concern for staff? This workshop will give attendees space to explore those and other important questions, and to learn how trauma-informed supervision practices can lead to more effective, productive staff in the long term.

Wednesday, December 4, 10-11:30am – ‘Tis the Season: Wellness During the Holidays

This time of year can be difficult for survivors and service providers alike. This skills-based webinar will explore tools that you can use in your own wellness practices this holiday season and adapt to your work with survivors.

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