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One in the Movement is a web-based training experience for family violence advocates. This training hub fuses live monthly webinars, self-paced programs, an electronic guidebook and information about on-location regional sessions covering essential tools every savvy advocate should know.

The Essential Guide: An Introduction to Advocating for Survivors of Family Violence is your comprehensive guide learn the ropes of victim advocacy. 

Essential Guide

HHSC Webinars

HHSC-Approved Training

These webinars provide foundational information focused on developing your knowledge on family violence systems currently in place. Participants should view each module and go through the presentation. These modules include topics that meet HHSC training requirements as well as topics that extend advocacy best practices.  The webinars highlighted below are designed to meet HHSC training requirements for new advocates. Family Violence Programs are not required to use these trainings for new employees, however they are offered free of charge as a resource.

Advocacy with Peer Counseling Techniques
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar focuses on peer counseling techniques. The movement to end intimate partner violence has a rich history of peer-to-peer support and empowerment-based services, which can be improved upon with the help of social science research. Recent research has highlighted best practices for micro and macro advocacy with survivors of domestic violence. In this presentation, research supported techniques and approaches to peer counseling with be discussed. Survivor-centered interpersonal skills will be emphasized, with strategies for implementation. Self-care planning for addressing occupational stresses when providing peer counseling will be explored. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (3) Peer counseling techniques.

Civil Rights Laws and Regulations
1.00 SW Hours, 1.00 LPC Hours, 1.00 LMFT Hours. Texas Health and Human Services agencies and their contractors are required to comply with state and federal civil rights requirements. This presentation will cover the requirements for providers who serve HHS clients. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement – §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (9) Applicable civil rights laws and regulations.

Crisis Intervention
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar will provide all employees with a definition of crisis intervention, characteristics of crisis within a framework of family violence services, assessment/intervention skills and strategies and referrals. Safety planning is an important component of crisis intervention and will be discussed throughout the webinar. Meets HHSC Rule requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (1) Crisis Intervention.

Current Texas Laws Addressing Family Violence
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar will provide advocates with a basic understanding of legal definitions and law pertaining to family violence. Extensive information about criminal and civil legal options available for family violence and survivors in Texas, and updates on family violence-related laws are the focus. Topic areas which will be addressed include advocacy versus legal definitions of family violence, criminal legal options for holding offenders accountable, protective orders, and divorce and custody remedies. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement – §379.404. New Employee Orientation and Training. (3) A brief summary of current Texas laws that address family violence issues.

Dynamics of Family Violence
1.00 SW Hours, 1.00 LPC Hours, 1.00 LMFT Hours. In your role as an advocate, understanding the fundamentals of family violence is vital to your work. This webinar will equip you with an understanding of the forces binding victims to their abusers. You will walk away from this presentation feeling equipped to assist victims with breaking the cycle of violence in their lives. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement – §379.404. New Employee Orientation and Training. (1) Dynamics of family violence.

Economic Options for Victims of Family Violence
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. The Economic Options for Victims and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence webinar will provide an overview of economic abuse, the connections between survivor safety and economic stability, and the importance of developing survivor-centered economic justice advocacy and programming. Participants will be introduced to state and federal economic related relief and options available to survivors including housing protections, the family violence option for TANF recipients, and financial literacy. This webinar will meet the new requirement for HHSC-funded family violence programs to provide training to new employees and direct service volunteers about economic options for victims of family violence. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: 6) Economic options for victims of family violence.

Empowering Clients to Navigate the System Safely
This legal empowerment training provides advocates an overall understanding of the various legal and alternate options available to victims and their right to choose the path that is best for them. Attendees will understand their role in assisting victims navigate the various systems, including in-depth legal safety planning and best practices for providing support, prioritizing options, and enabling victims to exercise their rights in a safe manner that meets their needs.

HHSC Required Policy and Procedures
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar will provide a broad overview of the required policies under the Health and Human Service Commission Family Violence Program including the framework for services to survivors of family violence and program policies. Participants will learn about these required policies as well as how to implement survivor-centered advocacy while following state regulations. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (7) The center’s policies and procedures, including all Health and Human Services Commission required policies and procedures.

Legal Options for Survivors of Family Violence
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar will provide advocates an orientation to the different legal options available to survivors. Survivors of family violence may be involved with many different systems at the same time (i.e., CPS, Criminal Court, & Family Court). This webinar will provide advocates with resources and options available within these different systems to help survivors feel empowered and confident in accessing the resources available. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (5) Legal options for victims of family violence.

Risk Assessment and Safety Planning for Victims of Family Violence
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This Webinar focuses on providing information about the importance of assessing risk and lethality for victims of family violence. It will offer information to increase knowledge of the importance of assessing and the development of a safety plan that is appropriate to the level of risk. Meets HHSC Rule requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (4) Risk assessment and safety planning for victims of family violence.

Sensitivity to Cultural Diversity
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar provides an overview of cultural competence using the Terry Cross Model as a tool to start the inner dialogue of providing culturally relevant services to survivors while addressing personal biases. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (8) Sensitivity to cultural diversity.

Best Practice Webinars

Best Practices

When Leaving is Not Always an Option: Safety Planning with People with Disabilities
1.00 SW Hours, 1.00 LPC Hours, 1.00 LMFT Hours. Safety Planning with People with Disabilities will outline the unique needs of survivors of domestic and caregiver violence who have disabilities. This webinar will provide suggestions for outreach to increase services to and remove barriers in services to survivors of domestic and caregiver violence who have disabilities, specifically around safety planning. The facilitator will also identify concrete strategies for safety planning directly with an individual with disabilities and indirectly through their non-abusive support person. This session is designed for victim service workers wanting to work more effectively with survivors who have a range of disabilities and specifically with survivors with cognitive disabilities.

African American Teens and Dating Violence
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. The workshop examines the issues of African American adolescents who are in abusive relationships. The workshop will focus on the intersection of teen dating violence and adolescent development. The session will provide information on the connection between teen culture, African American culture and community norms.

Managing Personal and Professional Bias
1.00 SW Hours, 1.00 LPC Hours, 1.00 LMFT Hours. Everyone has biases, whether they are aware of them or not. If left unchecked, these biases can cause serious damage to collaborative teams, outreach efforts and victims of crime. This session will highlight the psychology of bias and provide strategies for teams and individuals to recognize and mange bias issues.

Trauma-Informed Services with Survivors of Family Violence
1.00 SW Hours, 1.00 LPC Hours, 1.00 LMFT Hours. This webinar will explore the concept of Fallot and Harris’ core values of trauma-informed interactions. Understanding the context of certain patterns of behavior helps us to more respectfully and effectively interact and serve survivors. This session will also include recommendations for strategies that integrate these core values into centers’ existing services.

Unauthorized Practice of Law- Regulations, Laws, and Policies
Legal advocates at family violence programs are required to maintain knowledge about the legal system, to provide effective advocacy for their clients. However, care must be taken so that such advocacy does not become or appear to be legal advice, which could affect community support and collaboration, or even result in charges of unauthorized practice of law.

Other Webinars

Other Webinars

Advocacy in Action
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Are you interested in learning new and innovative techniques to work with survivors of domestic violence? Is your advocacy toolbox missing a few key tools or are the items in your toolbox starting to rust? The Texas Council on Family Violence invites you to attend our first One in the Movement Webinar of 2016: Advocacy in Action! Webinar participants will obtain information on topics such as empowerment, active listening, empathy, sympathy, reflection and validation. Participants will gain theoretical knowledge on how they can improve their advocacy with survivor and walk away with information on statewide resources that will benefit survivors. Join us!

Creating Access for LGBTQ Survivors
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. In this webinar, advocates will gain foundational information necessary for working with survivors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). Webinar participants will learn appropriate terminology, gain an understanding of the dynamics of abuse and special considerations advocates should keep in mind as they create safer spaces for LGBTQ survivors of violence. We will also discuss state and federal policy requirements designed to assist in enhancing access to LGBQT survivors. This is a foundational webinar and a first step in equipping advocates to better serve LGBTQ survivors.

Domestic Violence in Rural Communities: Understanding Barriers and Creating Accessible Programs
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Survivors of domestic violence face significant difficulties coping with an abusive relationship. Within rural communities there are unique obstacles that often compound the barriers faced by survivors of domestic violence. As a result, many survivors may hesitate to seek safety services. This webinar highlights barriers that may prevent rural survivors from accessing domestic violence services. Participants will gain an understanding of environmental factors often present in rural communities including economic disparities; lack of available services and resources; social and geographic isolation. Additionally, participants will hear examples of domestic violence service providers working in rural areas including examples of community informed rural programs in Florida. 

Enhancing Wellness: Integrating Health Services into Domestic Violence Programs
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Integrating onsite health assessment and primary health services into domestic violence programs provides an important resource for clients. This webinar will highlight experiences in developing shelter-based primary and preventive health services. It will also cover the way a domestic violence program addresses the reproductive health needs of those who we serve. 

How Survivors of Domestic Violence Define Success: Connection not Separation
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. The Full Frame Initiative (FFI) set out to understand how people who have experienced domestic violence define success for themselves, and how others in the domestic violence field define success for survivors. Over two and a half years, FFI conducted 46 workshops with survivors and practitioners in mainstream, culturally specific and underserved communities, and 12 interviews with policy makers and funders, across California. For the more than 150 survivors in this project, success is about connection to family and friends, belonging to something bigger than oneself, and creating value for self and others. Domestic violence is not central to their identity, and success is not achieved through traditionally conceived pathways to safety, such as separation. These findings hold true across all geographic and both culturally specific and mainstream communities. FFI will present the details and findings of this groundbreaking project, and share recommendations for concrete action steps to improve systems and services for people who have experienced violence in their relationships. 

Intersection of Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDs
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This workshop will explore the relationship between intimate partner violence and HIV/ AIDS. Participants will increase their knowledge of HIV transmission, disease progression, prevention, risk reduction, and testing. Participants will also obtain information on promising practices and effective collaborative techniques. 

Legal Advocacy: Advocating for Clients Working in the Civil and Criminal Judicial Systems
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This training provides advocates with a basic understanding of the civil and criminal judicial systems and provides tools to help advocates empower clients working within those systems. Advocates will learn how to safety plan and help clients navigate the civil and criminal judicial systems, including working with county and district attorneys, law enforcement, immigration offices, family attorneys, and IV-D courts.

Hotline Skills
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Hotline Advocates are often the first connection victims make when seeking services, and, as such, they are responsible for setting a tone that conveys the program is a safe, welcoming, and accessible resource. This webinar is designed to assist Advocates in developing and enhancing their skillset in responding to the complexities of family violence through hotline calls. Meets HHSC Rule Requirement – §379.404. cont. (c) Direct service employees and their supervisors must also receive training on the following: (2) Hotline skills, if applicable.

Self-Care Techniques for Family Violence Advocates
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. The goal of this webinar is to provide education to family violence advocates about: compassion fatigue (the trauma suffered by the helping professional, secondary trauma stress, transference, countertransference), burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced sense of personal accomplishment), and compassion satisfaction (the fulfillment from helping others and positive collegial relationships). Also included will be a thorough explanation of tangible self-care techniques, how to develop professional self-care plans, and ways to take care of yourself while working with survivors or domestic violence. 

Trauma Informed Conflict Resolution and Mediation – What Every Advocate Should Know
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours

Value-Added Healing Opportunities for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. This webinar offers overview and case study of GreenHouse17, an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner violence in central Kentucky. The agency’s delivery of traditional survivor services is enhanced by a community-sponsored farm surrounding the emergency shelter. The farm provides a nature-based healing environment for survivors, while offering supportive workplace and small business training to encourage self-sufficiency. This innovative model provides a road map for social service agencies to develop alternative programming that complements their mission while generating unrestricted revenue to invest in services for survivors. GreenHouse17 is the recipient of the Mary Byron Project Celebrating Solutions Award, the Kentucky Nonprofit Network Innovative Nonprofit Award, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Pyramid Award for Social Innovation, and was a national finalist in the Partnership for Freedom Re-Imagine Opportunity competition. 

Victim-Defined Advocacy with Victims in Contact
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Comprehensive safety planning begins with understanding each victim’s perspective and priorities, including victims in contact with partners/ex-partners or parents who are violent. This webinar will explain how victims analyze their risks, make decisions about their relationship, define safety and choose safety strategies. The presentation will include information about how to: provide victim-defined advocacy, enhance safety for adult and child victims, offer guidance about services and interventions with partners who batter that can make victims and their children safer, and think about what advocates need to provide advocacy that is victim-defined. 

Why Language and Culture Matter in Domestic Violence Services: Supporting Asian Survivors
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Cultural competency is a lifelong journey. It is the process of developing and building personal awareness, seeking cultural and community knowledge and valuing diversity. This presentation will provide advocates practical knowledge and skills on how to implement culturally-grounded survivor-centered services for Asian clients on individual, organizational, and collaborative levels. Information on laws and regulations that support language accessibility will also be addressed. 

Working with Immigrant Survivors
Immigrant survivors of domestic violence may have distinct concerns and needs which require an informed and tailored approach to safety planning and effective advocacy. This webinar will prepare advocates with an overview of legal immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence including battered spouse waivers, VAWA self-petitioning, and U Visas. We will also cover the basic rights afforded to all immigrant survivors and highlight when they may need to assert these rights or contact an attorney. Finally, we will address the types of assistance and services available to immigrant families. 

Eligibility, Termination, and Denial of Services
1.50 SW Hours, 1.50 LPC Hours, 1.50 LMFT Hours. Creating access to services for survivors of family violence is a critical component in all aspects of advocacy work. This can include the first time a survivor calls to seek services to having challenging conversations around termination or denial of services. This webinar will explain the federal and state regulations around eligibility, termination, and denial of services for survivors of domestic violence. It will also discuss navigating these regulations while promoting survivor-defined interventions and assessing safety at each step.

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