Foundations for Advocates

BIPPs and Victim Services: Working Together to Maintain Confidentiality (1.0)

To ensure any victims’ safety, it is important for BIPP staff and family violence staff to have solid information about confidentiality especially about issues such as partner contact, subpoenas, and the limits of confidentiality. This training discusses how confidentiality relates to accredited BIPPs and how family violence programs can work with BIPPs to maintain confidentiality for both victims and batterers. Family violence programs, advocates and BIPP facilitators are encouraged to attend and participate in this training.

Creating Safe Spaces: Conflict Resolution

In a communal living environment, such as shelter, conflict can arise. This training gives residential staff wider context and practical skills for navigating volatile situations and creating an environment to resolve issues constructively. Attendees will gain knowledge about effective communication styles, de-escalating explosive situations while maintaining dignity and respect, and how trauma can intersect with communal living. The group will have a chance to practice these skills throughout the training with hands-on activities, gaining insight into situations they commonly face.

Documentation & Confidentiality (1.5)

Confidentiality is a key aspect of advocacy with survivors of family violence. This training will offer an overview of state and federal confidentiality guidelines as well as how these are implemented around case notes, file keeping, and interacting with other systems.

The Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): When Men are Victims (1.5)

This training explores the dynamics of male victimization and its relation to the movement to end violence against women. Facilitators will review data reported in the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey and 2011 Statewide Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence in Texas and provide framework for male victimization and recommendations to enhance services for male victims of family violence.

Empowerment-Based Advocacy and Family Violence Services (1.5)

This training provides a philosophical framework for advocates on how, and why, empowerment based advocacy can support survivor-led advocacy. In this training, the focus will be on how advocates and survivors work together to implement strategies, modifying them as survivors’ lives and circumstances change. Participants will leave with tools to apply this framework to the provision of family violence services with a focus on the safety and empowerment of survivors.

Ethics and Boundaries: Part 1 & 2 (3.5)

These trainings provide advocates with a framework on creating practical responses to boundary violations and maintaining ethical responsibility. Part One identifies and defines boundary violations and creates the framework for analyzing scenarios advocates may face. Part Two delves deeper with a hands-on lab giving participants an opportunity to apply the model. These sessions use a critical thinking approach and are based on Marilyn Armour’s At Personal Risk: Boundary Violations in Professional-Client Relationships. Both sessions are required.

Family Law in Texas (1.5 – Family Law)

This training provides participants with information about the laws, and practices of the civil justice system’s response to family violence in Texas. Attendees will gain knowledge about the basics of family law as it relates to survivors and their children. Topics include: definitions of family violence, purposes and terms of protective orders and how they intersect with divorce and custody provisions; civil family law explanations, options and process; overlap with the criminal justice system response, stressing the importance of a coordinated community response; and specific safety plan considerations for clients involved in the civil system.

Family Violence and Firearms (1.5)

Firearms and family violence are a deadly combination. Presenters provide information about federal, state and military laws as they relate to firearms and family violence, along with the practical implications of firearms laws on safety planning and civil and criminal justice system involvement and considerations for communities developing firearm protocols.

Family Violence and Stalking (1.5)

This training provides an overview of stalking laws in Texas with a focus on the intersection of stalking and family violence. Participants will obtain a clear comprehension of the role technology plays within stalking as well as safety tips to assist survivors.

In Her Shoes (1.5)

This training, created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is an interactive empathy activity designed to give participants the opportunity to better understand the circumstances of family violence survivors and the choices they make about their relationships. This training encourages powerful conversation and brings to surface issues of safety, resources, personal choices, barriers and a myriad of social service systems.

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.)

Incorporating Financial Literacy into Advocacy with Survivors (1.0)

This training highlights the importance of weaving financial literacy / education and economic advocacy into advocates’ every day work with survivors. The Allstate “Moving Ahead Through Money Management” curriculum will be introduced as well as opportunities throughout the year for advocates to learn more about financial issues critical to survivors’ safety. (Minimum 1.0 hour)

TCFV is also able to provide longer, in depth train the trainer session on the various modules of the Allstate Curriculum as requested.

Introduction to BIPPs (1.5)

BIPPs are vital component of a community’s response to family violence. While these programs solely work with batterers, the core purpose of BIPPs is to enhance victim safety. In 2009, Texas implemented BIPP Accreditation which created minimal standards for programs providing services to men who batter. This training provides a bird’s eye view of BIPPs and covers topics such as roles and responsibilities, program philosophies and principles, curricula, inappropriate interventions and recommendations to strengthen a communities approach to BIPP services.

Interagency Collaborations: A Holistic Community Response to Domestic Violence (2.0)

This training focuses on how programs can build and strengthen community alliances within the criminal and civil judicial systems. It focuses on national and statewide models and best practices for building resilient connections between agencies to strengthen advocacy for survivors throughout the community and promote victim safety. This training also offers an opportunity to discuss creative ways to overcome potential obstacles specific to your community.

Legislative Update (1.5)

This training summarizes several of the important legislative developments relating to family violence from the most current Texas Legislative Session.

LGBTQ Communities & Intimate Partner Violence (1.5)

This interactive training educates participants on the obstacles that LGBTQ survivors of Intimate Partner Violence face when seeking help and/or services. This training asks participants to consider the special concerns associated with LGBTQ individuals facing intimate partner violence, and how that violence manifests in similar and different ways than it does in heterosexual partner relationships. The training also supports participants to explore what could be barriers to services, such as the “luck of the draw” in law enforcement and judicial processes, structural and institutional oppression, lack of legal and economic protections conveyed via marriage, increased poverty, and historical exclusion. A special focus on understanding the language, vocabulary, and various presentations of LGBTQ identities allows participants to more competently respond to client needs with sensitivity and cultural competence.

Preparing Your Client for Court (2.0)

This training helps advocates gain knowledge about basic court processes and how to best present oneself in a judicial setting. Attendees will understand their role in assisting pro se and attorney represented clients involved in the civil and criminal judicial systems, so they can provide the best possible advocacy for survivors in preparation for and during court proceedings. Participants will be able to implement best practices regarding laws, policies and safety planning while working with victims in a courtroom setting.

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.

Self-Care for Family Violence Advocates (1.5) 

This interactive training provides participants with information on the importance of self-care, how to recognize and prevent burnout, and the effects of vicarious or secondary trauma. Presenters will provide participants an opportunity to create an individual and workplace self-care plan.

Texas Laws Affecting Family Violence (2.0 – Civil/Criminal)

This training provides a basic understanding of civil and criminal laws pertaining to family violence. Legal options for survivors and best practice justice system responses are discussed, as are updates on family violence-related laws. This training is appropriate for advocates or a collaborative audience.

Unauthorized Practice of Law (1.0)

This training helps legal advocates differentiate their role of assisting clients in navigating the civil and criminal justice systems from providing legal advice. Preventing accusations of Unauthorized Practice of Law is crucial to avoiding liability concerns, maintaining positive relationships with legal system officials and providing the best possible advocacy for survivors.

Using Advocates as Expert Witnesses (1.0)

Domestic violence victims face many obstacles in the criminal justice system. Expert witnesses can offer valuable perspective about victim behavior and the nature of this unique crime to the judge or jury. This training provides tools for prosecutors and advocates working collaboratively and maximizing offender accountability and victim safety.

Options for Survivor-Focused Services

Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) (0.5; webinar)

This training provides a background on the ACP, a safety program that can help survivors protect their address, the step-by-step process for enrolling participants and has a strong emphasis on safety planning.

Economic Options for Survivors (1.5)

This training details the various economic resources and protections available to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition, it will include information on public benefits, unemployment compensation, housing remedies, utility waivers and child support. The training also explores various creative ways for survivors to gain more financial stability such as economic education and tax returns.

Expanding Community Collaborations to Promote Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence (2.0)

This training focuses on the recommendations from the Senate Bill 434 Task force on the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Child Maltreatment and Child Exposure to Domestic Violence. It will explore how your program can build and strengthen community collaborations around these intersecting issues in your region. It will focus on national and statewide models and best practices for building resiliency and connection between survivors of family violence and their children; for strengthening advocacy for survivors of family violence and their children within the CPS system and through avenues for working with perpetrators of family violence who are parents.

Immigrants’ Access to Economic Options (1.5)

This training outlines federal and state law in terms of immigrants’ access to public benefits, including benefits and services available to all individuals, regardless of their status. The workshop also highlights various programs and options that are available and strategizes creative opportunities to explore as advocates work with immigrant survivors towards gaining economic stability.

Immigration Remedies for Survivors (1.5)

This training provides participants with basic information with multiple remedies potentially available to the clients they serve, including VAWA self petitioning, U-Visas (crime victims’ visas) and T-Visa (trafficking visas), as well as offer a general overview of immigrants’ rights and strategies for advocacy within the immigration system.

Navigating the Texas Child Support System: How to Advocate for Survivors of Family Violence (1.5)

This training provides participants with basic information about the child support system and the protections that exist in the system for survivors of family violence.

Protective Orders (1.5)

This interactive training provides participants with information about the laws, policies and practicalities of working with protective orders. Participants will gain knowledge about the purpose and terms of protective orders and the importance of a coordinated community response to support survivors. Topics include comparing protective and restraining orders, types of relief available, enforcement, foreign protective orders, the intersection of protective orders and firearms, and the role of protective orders in family law cases.

Survivor Relocation (1.5)

This training provides information that will assist both advocates and survivors as they are in the process of relocating. Presenters will discuss various resources such as the Crime Victims Compensation, extensive safety planning, housing options and other challenges that arise when survivors relocate.

Advanced Level

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. 

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.

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.

Engaging and Supporting Women and Girls as Leaders of Violence Prevention Efforts (2.0)

Women’s leadership are the bedrock of the movement to end domestic violence. The passion, intelligence, and creativity of women and girls are a resource ready to be harnessed by programs working to end violence in their communities. Participants will learn ways to communicate the untold stories of women and girls’ contributions to the movement to end domestic, sexual, and dating violence and abuse—alongside ways to encourage women and girls’ leadership locally. Examples of best practices for promoting and supporting women and girls’ leadership will be presented, and participants will strategize ways to adapt those practices for use in their own communities.

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.

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.

Legislative Advocacy (1.0)

This training provides an overview of the legislative process in Texas and covers the basics of legislative advocacy including simplified tips for lobbying as a non-profit organization and differentiating the ways in which advocates can effectively educate and inform policy makers on the issues critical to programs and survivors outside of the scope of lobbying. Presenters review the different types of laws created at the federal versus state levels and discuss the differences between law and policy, as well as interject ways to influence systems and practices outside of the legislative realm.

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.

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.

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.

Survivor-Centered Advocacy: Navigating Rules Reduction (2.0)

This training will begin with a discussion that explores the advocacy framework that staff at family violence programs employ to provide services and how to support survivor-centered, advocacy services.
It will also over an overview of the philosophy behind reducing rules for service provision or within shelter and spend time analyzing specific rules with an aim of reducing them.

Navigating Safety: The Use and Misuse of Technology & Intimate Partner Violence (1.5) 

There is so much information victim service providers need to know when it comes to assisting victims of family violence and intimate partner stalking. How do offenders use technology to stalk, harass, and intimidate their victims? How can victim service providers work effectively with victims on the issue of technology? This training addresses both of these issues as well as provides a proficient structure for crafting agency polices on the dilemmas that staff and clients face with these technologies.
This training can be adapted to meet the needs of different agencies including law enforcement.

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.

Board Training

Board Basics Foundations: Board Confidentiality

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, gives an overview of the importance of respecting the privacy of family violence organizations clients, donors, board members, staff, and volunteers and of the family violence organization itself.

Board Basics Foundations: Board Recruitment

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, focuses on strategies to building a working board of directors that is reflective of the local community.

Board Basic Foundations: Fundraising (1.0)

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, gives an overview to fundraising for board members and is meant as a basic brainstorming session to identify program strengths in preparing for campaigns and events, or enhance on-going efforts to raise program funds.

Board Basic Foundations: Roles and Responsibilities (1.0)

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, provides an overview of the basic roles and responsibilities of the board of directors and those of the executive director and other key staff members. This training allows board members to practice using the tools they need to become successful board members.

Board Basics Intermediate: Donor Cultivation and Research (4.0)

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, focuses on the importance of those individuals, foundations, and corporations who have the capacity and willingness to support you and developing methods for finding them. In addition, learn about creating a process of learning about donors to initiate contact and develop meaningful connections with them.

Board Basics Intermediate: Philanthropy 101 (3.0)

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, focuses more in-depth on how your organization can raise money to make a difference for your cause. In a market that is limited for funding due to the ever increasing needs our communities face, non-profit leaders must understand the importance of mission alignment, building relationships, and writing a compelling, winning proposal.

Board Basics Intermediate: Strategic Visioning (4.0)

This training, facilitated by a TCFV consultant, presents strategic visioning as a tool that provides guidance in fulfilling a mission with maximum efficiency and impact. If it is to be effective and useful, it should articulate specific goals and describe the action steps and resources needed to accomplish them.


The Essentials of a Successful Thrift Store

The TCFV consultant focuses on the fundamentals that are present in a successful thrift store which include crucial areas such as site location, growing your donor base, key positions, volunteers, and other related areas.

Non-Profit Cost Allocation Planning

The TCFV consultant focuses on Cost Allocation Planning to assist a family violence program with providing a detailed explanation of how direct and indirect costs are being allocated to each program. Basically, the purpose of this cost allocation plan is to summarize, in writing, the methods and procedures that this organization will use to allocate costs to various programs, grants, contracts and agreements.

Osnium Tips, Tricks and Training

The TCFV consultant focuses on the capabilities of your Osnium database by providing information and guidance which may include how to enter data, how to query particular information, how to effectively run reports and other tips on how to make the most of your Osnium database.