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TCFV’s prevention team is available to support you program with targeted technical assistance, resources, and the tools your program will need to make your prevention programming fly.

The prevention team includes expertise in a variety of areas: program planning and evaluation; fundamental primary prevention theory and practice; curriculum building; parent engagement; arts programming for prevention; facilitation and community engagement; and engaging men and boys.

How can you access this support and learn with us? It’s simple! Review the training menu to select the training you would like to receive. If you don’t see the specific training you need included on the menu, feel free to make up your own ‘dish’ and request it as a consultation.

Then fill out the training request form and submit the form to our training manager here at TCFV. We’ll contact you and see how we can best fill your training needs.


Prevention Training Options that
are Currently Available:

The Texas Council on Family Violence provides customized trainings to family violence programs and organizations that provide related services. Trainings are available as funding and resources allow. To request training, please fill out the training request form and submit the form to our training manager here at TCFV. Please submit this form 6-8 weeks prior to the event.

Primary Prevention 101 (1.5)
Primary prevention is a holistic strategy for addressing violence before it occurs. This session will briefly cover the theory behind primary prevention and will focus on how to transform prevention efforts into impactful, long-term, community-driven efforts to prevent violence.

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence (Regular and Classroom Edition) (1.5)
In Their Shoes is a revolutionary training tool for adults who work with teens, and for teens themselves to learn about dating abuse and healthy relationships. Participants learn interactively what dating is like for today’s youth by becoming a character, making choices about their relationship, and seeing the results. (The classroom version is aligned with national education standards and can also be offered to teachers or youth in a high school setting.)

Engaging Communities in Preventing Domestic Violence (1.5)
This training leads participants through the process of working with their communities to prevent violence. Presenters will guide participants through the process of identifying potential partners in prevention, learn effective engagement strategies and designing an action plan for community involvement in prevention.

Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence (1.5)
The eradication of intimate partner violence requires that communities come together to shift social norms that make violence acceptable. Men and boys play an important role in making this shift a reality. This training highlights activities, resources and strategies that have been used by prevention advocates as they engage men and boys in violence prevention.

Creative Strength: Using Writing and Art in Prevention with Teens (1.5 to 3.0)
(This training can be done solely with prevention workers or with prevention workers and their youth together.)
This training is a hands-on workshop about using writing and art to engage youth and adults in prevention of dating violence. Establishing a space of freedom and safety, the prevention worker learns to guide participants through a three-part creative process. The group generates the issues they want to explore (healthy love vs. controlling love; gender roles; family modeling, etc.); next, the prevention worker offers open-ended writing and art prompts around the theme; then participants create writing or art, share aloud, and dialogue.

Coaching Boys into Men (1.5)
This is a “train-the-trainers” for family violence program staff and builds the capacity of local domestic violence programs to start a Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) initiative in their community. Presenters will provide participants with the skills and tools necessary to work with coaches as partners. Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is a Coaches Leadership Program that partners with athletic coaches to help young male athletes practice respect towards themselves and others. In the process, young athletes become active bystanders that intervene when they see harassing and violent behavior towards women and girls take place.

Supporting Youth Leadership for Teen Dating Abuse Prevention (1.5 to 3.0)
This training explores a variety of methods to engage youth as leaders in preventing dating abuse. Research shows that the greatest influencers of teens are their peers. Therefore, it is vital that programs empower youth with the tools and knowledge to create change. The methods of peer networking, bystander intervention, service learning, and other approaches support teens to prevent violence and develop leadership at the same time.

Beyond One Teen at a Time: Including Long-Term Prevention in Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Activities (1.5)
This training provides an overview of the dynamics of teen dating abuse and presents current best practices for prevention, including the use of multi-session education and comprehensive strategies to authentically engage youth. This training also focuses on methods, curricula, and tools that programs can use to deliver quality teen dating abuse prevention programming in their diverse communities.

Beyond One Teen at a Time: Including Long-Term Prevention in Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Activities (1.5)
This training provides an overview of the dynamics of teen dating abuse and presents current best practices for prevention, including the use of multi-session education and comprehensive strategies to authentically engage youth. This training also focuses on methods, curricula, and tools that programs can use to deliver quality teen dating abuse prevention programming in their diverse communities.

Media Literacy for Prevention (1.5)
This training explores the role of media in normalizing gender-based violence through music and film. Participants will examine contemporary media messaging and understand how to use media literacy as a tool to counter dominant narratives of violence.

Engaging Communities of Faith (2.0 to 6.0)
Communities of faith are instrumental to shifting the ways communities think about and respond to violence. This curriculum is structured to provide both an introductory 2-hour session as well as a 6-hour session. The introductory session provides best practices to use when approaching faith leaders. The 6-hour session includes skills building for prevention workers partnering with faith leaders who are poised to promote those teachings that promote healthy relationships while they address those teachings that can be misinterpreted and used to justify abuse.

Primary Prevention 202: Program Planning, Evaluation and Funding (4.0)
This training focuses on a holistic approach to prevention program planning, naming clear goals and benchmarks for success and identifying evaluation methods. These strategies are attractive to funders who care about making a difference. A 3-hour session offers time to develop a plan and discuss fundraising strategies in more detail.

Crisis Intervention Guidance for Prevention Workers (4.0)
Given the documented statistical prevalence of abuse and violence in our society, it is no surprise that prevention and community education workers encounter participants who feel safe enough to disclose the abuse and violence they may currently be managing. Participants will review key elements and practices used in established protocols for handling these challenging situations. They will receive guidance in drafting individualized protocols that incorporate crisis intervention best practices while allowing them to focus on their prevention efforts. Lastly, and probably most importantly, participants will consider several strategies for maintaining their own wellness and preventing secondary trauma.

Fueling Prevention Programming with the Power of a Community’s Stories (2.0)
Prevention workers invariably encounter stories of survival in their work to engage community members. Every time those who have experienced violence or abuse tell their story in a supportive environment, it is an act of liberation. This training introduces participants to examples of programs that use those stories to shape their prevention strategies. Participants will learn the basics of Popular Education methodologies and how to use community members’ stories to develop prevention strategies rooted in lived experience.

Integrating Primary Prevention with Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programming
Historically, battering intervention and prevention programs have focused on preventing an abuser from continuing his/her violence against his/her partner. This training compels participants to move beyond traditional tertiary prevention efforts and instead move towards creating battering intervention and prevention programs rooted in a social change primary prevention framework.