Regional Membership Meetings are held in each region of Texas and include complimentary customized training specific to each region’s needs, along with program sharing and invaluable networking opportunities for family violence program leadership and staff. Non-members are welcome!
- Regions 7 (Gulf Coast) Membership Meeting & Training
July 19 – Houston, TX
- Region 2 (West Texas) Membership Meeting & Training
July 27 – Midland, TX
- Region 3 (Midwest) Membership Meeting & Training
July 27 – Abilene, TX
2017 Membership Meeting Topics
Serving as an Expert Witness (2 hours)
Domestic violence victims face many obstacles in the civil and criminal justice systems. Expert witnesses can offer valuable perspective about victim behavior and the nature of this unique crime, and you can legally qualify whether or not you possess all of those letters behind your name! This session provides family violence program staff information about laws and best practices for being qualified as an expert, what to expect in the process, and how to provide the most useful testimony. Participants will also be given recommendations about how to work collaboratively with prosecutors and civil attorneys to help them get your valuable expertise in front of judges and juries.
Creating Safer Spaces: Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Advocacy (2 hours)
Motivational Interviewing (MI), an empathic approach to conversations around change, supports survivors to make individual choices about their families and goals by focusing on self-efficacy and internal motivators while maintaining an environment of understanding focused on goals of the survivor’s choosing. This training session will offer an overview of MI as well as hands-on experience employing this advocacy tool. With recent shifts in federal regulations to require voluntary services, MI can also be a great tool to assist in meeting these new requirements and creating positive discussions about available services!
Moving the Wheel: Enhancing Services and Access to LGBQ/T Communities (2 hours)
From intake to survivor complaints this workshop will allow you to keep Moving the Wheel towards enhanced access for LGBQ/T survivors. This session will offer advocacy tools to help you and your agency continue the work towards supporting LGBQ/T survivors in a meaningful and effective manner through interactive activities, lively group discussion, and role-playing. Additionally, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) requires yearly training on this topic so this is a great way to meet that requirement while making positive change towards enhanced access in your community!
Creating Space: A Facilitation Training for Adults Working With Youth (1.5 hours)
Engaging youth in both prevention efforts and service provision is a key component of responding to domestic violence issues in any community. This workshop addresses what facilitators can do to construct a physical and emotional space that fosters youth leadership. The facilitator will address both small group and classroom settings and will address some of the obstacles adult facilitators face, including assessing facilitator blind spots.
Battering Intervention & Prevention and Family Violence Programs: Enhancing Victim Safety and Collaboration between Services (1.5 hours)
Understanding Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs and cultivating relationships with them can foster connections to services, and ultimately safety for survivors and accountability for perpetrators, which might otherwise not exist. The training will equip family violence programs to engage with BIPPs in their community and support survivors by providing an overview of BIPP concepts and processes. Participants will walk away with a thorough understanding of the theory of BIPP, accreditation requirements, and ways to support and safety plan with survivors whose partners may enter BIPP.
A Pocket Mirror for Heroes: Tools for Reflection, Self-Care and Wellness While Doing Difficult Work (1.5 hours)
Secondary trauma exposure and burn-out take a toll on family violence advocates and programs. Sustaining survivor-centered work in the face of difficult challenges requires us to intentionally prioritize wellness practices. This session provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of self-care and strategies to establish effective, individualized wellness practices.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Facilitated Discussion (1-2 hours)
Using interactive polling software with participants and engaging activities, TCFV staff can facilitate an engaging and thoughtful discussion based on the needs of the region. If there are particular issues your region is facing that would benefit from cross-program discussion, for example, shelter and service provision challenges, funding and data reporting, systems response issues, or wellness and secondary trauma, we can gather and incorporate feedback from the region to design a solution-oriented session that fosters brainstorming and sharing of best practices.