Core Advocacy Training - Online Study ONLY


This is info and registration for the core advocacy training, Online Study ONLY (24 hours).  To register for both online and in-person session dates go to: Albuquerque/November; Las Cruces/February; Farmington/April; Ruidoso/June

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!

This registration page is for those that are reviewing and only signs you up for the 24 hours of online training.

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.

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

This registration does not include the: In-Person Skills Intensive (16 hours)

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

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.

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

Start Time: 8:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Start Date: October 3, 2013
End Date: June 20, 2014

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