Core Advocacy Training Session 6 (Las Vegas, June 8-10, 2016)

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  • Day 1
    June 8, 2016
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2
    June 9, 2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3
    June 10, 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm


CAT Website BannerThis is information and registration for the Las Vegas Core Advocacy Training,
June 8-10, 2016
To register for different dates go to:
Albuquerque/SeptemberArtesia/November, Grants/January, Las Cruces/April, Albuquerque/May

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, it is open to all.

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;
  • An introduction to different 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;
  • Practicing cultural competency;
  • Valuing and practicing self-care.

Core Advocacy Training Structure

Online Training (24 hours)

The online training portion of the Core Advocacy Training is a self-paced set of 8 modules, covering all of the theoretical and substantive knowledge required of advocates who work with victims/survivors of domestic violence(**We recommend that you complete the first 4 modules before attending the in-person training**):

Module 1: The Problem of Domestic Violence
Module 2: Domestic Violence Intervention System
Module 3: Developing a Trauma-Informed Lens
Module 4: Emergency Shelter, Advocacy Ethics, and Self-Care
Module 5: Risk and Safety
Module 6: Justice and the Justice System
Module 7: Offender Programs
Module 8: Being Accessible to Everyone

In-Person Skills Intensive (16 hours)

The in-person training is 3 days of skill-building, and will be highly interactive and experiential. Each day has one hour for lunch (on your own).  It is scheduled to allow travelers time to get there the first day, and plenty of time to return home after the completion of   day 3.

June 8  10:00a-5:00p – Connection and Self Care
June 9   9:00a-5:00p – Creating Safe and Healing Relationships
June 10  9:00a-1:00p – The Opportunity of Advocacy

Trainers: The trainers for this session are David River, NMCADV Director of Training, NMCADV Associate Trainers, and guests.


There will be 5 in-person sessions held between Sept. 2015 – June 2016.  Each session will have limited space, please register for the session nearest you.  This does not effect starting your online study.  You can begin as soon as you register for any session.

If you are a CYFD-funded domestic violence service provider, you can immediately access the online training at  You simply create an account and sign into “Core Advocacy Training 2015” using the enrolment key provided to your agency.  Then register for one of the five annual in-person trainings (listed above), which are held around the state.  If you are not a CYFD-funded agency, please first register for an in-person training session, pay the fee, and our registrar will sign you up for the online training automatically.

Upon completion of both portions of the training, you will receive a certificate of completion.

NMCADV Members and/or CYFD Contractors: $0
Coalition Friend: $100
Non Members and/or CYFD Contractors: $175

Funded in part by a grant from Children, Youth and Families Department Domestic Violence Unit

Session 6 – Training Location and Hotel Info

Training Location & Hotel Information:

VENUE & Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
816 S Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
(505) 426-8182
Mention “New Mexico Coalition Core Advocacy Training” for $109.99 rate



If you have any questions about the training, please contact David River at or 505-220-6582.
For registration concerns contact Janell DuPont at or 505-670-9093.

Not a Coalition Member? Find out how to join us: Coalition Membership

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