We are now 2 weeks into the first session. Webinars and weekly independent study tasks are ongoing. Two more webinars in the followed by the in-person meeting September 5th-7th in Alamagordo. Registration links below.
The Core Advocacy Training is a 40-hour initial skills and knowledge training for advocates of domestic violence victims/survivors in New Mexico, funded by the Children Youth and Families Department. It is designed for new advocates; however, board members of advocacy organizations and all interested community members are welcome to attend (space allowing).
The structure of the Core Advocacy Training is NEW!
ONLINE WEB CLASSES: Prior to meeting in person, there will be four weeks of webinars, online discussions, and self-reflection exercises. This format will be used to digest content-heavy information in smaller pieces, and consist of approximately 18 hours of the training spread over 4 weeks. We will all meet online once a week for a live webinar and discussion of self-study assignments (recorded webinars, reading and self-reflection).
IN PERSON SKILLS INTENSIVE:
The in-person training is 3 days of skill-building, and will be highly interactive and experiential.
Session 1 begins August 10 with web classes; the 3-day intensive will be held in Alamogordo September 5, 6, and 7
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Session 2 begins October 5 with web classes; the 3-day intensive will be held in Albuquerque November 6, 7, and 8
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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;
- The major 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;
- Responding to children;
- Practicing cultural competency;
- Valuing and practicing self-care.
Questions: If you have any questions, please contact David River at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 22-6582.