Core Advocacy Training Session 1 (Albuquerque, November 6-8, 2013)


This is info and registration for the Albuquerque core advocacy training, November 6-8, 2013.  To register for different dates go to: Las Cruces/February; Farmington/April; Ruidoso/June; or Online only

Please watch the Core Advocacy Training Registration Intro Video:

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.  In fact, experienced advocates who completed their 40-hour training prior to July 2012 can review either the 24-hour online training or the full 40-hour training to meet their CYFD requirements for ongoing training/education!

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:

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.)  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.

November 6, 10:00-5:00 - Foundations of Advocacy: Understanding Victims/Survivors and the Work of Self Care
November 7, 9:00-5:00 - Oppression and Listening
November 8, 9:00-1:00 - A Community of Safety and Healing

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


There will be 4 in-person sessions held between Nov. 2013 - June 2014.  Each session will be space limited, 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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: For those of you reviewing or trying to meet the CYFD ongoing training requirement you can sign up for the 24 hours of Online Only training.

NMCADV Members and/or CYFD Contractors: None
Non-CYFD Contractors: $150

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

Session 1 - Training Location and Hotel Info

Training Location:
821 Event Center
821 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Hotel Info:
We have reserved a group rate of $85 a night.  You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements.
Call to make your reservation: 505-842-5000  Mention "NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence" for the group rate.
Holiday Inn Express Old Town
2300 12th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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(Directions from the hotel to event center, 2 miles away:

Questions: If you have any questions about the training, please contact David River at or (505) 220-6582.
For registration concerns contact Alisha Chavez at or 505-554-6536.

Registration is now full. Please choose a different in-person session or you may join the wait list: HERE
We cannot guarantee a space if you join the wait list but we will contact you on a first come first served basis if one becomes available. 


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.