This course focuses on the best practices to sheltering survivors of domestic violence. Shelter programs often operate differently from one organization to another, though there are many federal statutes and funding guidelines that impact how services are delivered and accommodations are made for some marginalized populations. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course introduces important information about privacy, confidentiality, and privilege. It explains the meaning of each term and your ethical and legal obligations as a community-based program advocate to protect Survivor information. You’ll learn about when and how to obtain permission to share Survivor information and the possible unintended consequences of the information being shared with others. This course touches on other topics such as mandatory reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect and responding to subpoenas and warrants. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course explores ethics in advocacy. You’ll learn the definition of ethics and the elements of ethical communication. You’ll also learn how to appropriately respond to ethical dilemmas and communicate when faced with situations that may present an ethical dilemma. You will earn 1 credit hour for successfully completing this course.

In this course, you’ll learn how to assist Survivors with goal planning. You’ll learn how to use the four elements of goal planning to help Survivors complete a goal planning chart. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

Understanding the history of the Battered Women’s Movement is key to progress. Knowing our roots, and the path that got us to this point, enables us to think critically about the steps we must take to eradicate domestic violence. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

Becoming stably housed is an important piece of finding safety for Survivors of domestic violence. Domestic violence advocates are in a key position to help Survivors identify their long-term housing needs and to provide information about the options that are available. This course explores new and trending housing options and best practices for working with Survivors to meet their long-term housing needs.
The information presented provides a broad overview of current housing approaches, protections, and best practices and can serve as a guide when assisting Survivors seeking housing and/or protections. This information can change over time therefore, it is recommended that you develop a working relationship with housing partners in your community, your Continuum of Care, and the Housing Program Manager at Violence Free Colorado to stay as up to date as possible. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course explores how the abuser’s behavior impacts children exposed to the domestic violence. It also looks at resiliency and how it helps to reduce the effects of domestic violence on children. This course is divided into three sections. Review each section before moving on to the graded assessment. You will earn 1 credit hour for successfully completing this course.

Community-based advocates frequently encounter the overlap of domestic violence and sexual assault, along with stalking and human trafficking. This course looks at the intersections between domestic violence and sexual assault. You’ll learn about the relationship between power and control and the roots of oppression and how you can assist Survivors who experience both domestic violence and sexual assault.
This is an advanced course and is rich with resources. Please be sure to review the numerous resources below the course file. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course looks at the definition and behaviors of intimate partner stalking. It includes a brief look at stalking statistics and the differences between stalking rates for male and female victims. Learners review how to complete a stalking incident log and when to use it. You will earn 1 credit hour for successfully completing this course.

This course provides explores the meaning of culture and how culture impacts the interactions between domestic violence advocates and Survivors. It includes the definition of cultural competency and two of the ways it is explained visually.
Learners are then challenged to consider their own level of cultural competency through reflective exercises. The course ends with suggestions on how to improve cultural competence and lists several resources to do so. You will earn 1.25 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

Many Survivors will interact with the civil legal system at some point. This course will explain your role to help Survivors understand and navigate through the civil legal system. You will also learn about roles of the professionals working in this system and how they may help Survivors. You will earn 1.75 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course introduces you to some basic functions of the criminal justice system and its role in responding to domestic violence. You’ll learn how the people working in this system can help Survivors. It covers the challenges Survivors face accessing this system, your role in supporting them, and your requirements regarding confidentiality and the unauthorized practice of law. You will earn 1.75 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course answers questions including what is the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)? Why do we need to know about UPL? What happens if someone engages in UPL? What are the impacts on Survivors and advocates? This course is designed to empower you to share appropriate information and you will feel confident in supporting Survivors. This is an advanced course on the topic of UPL. We encourage you to complete the Introduction to the Civil Legal System and the Introduction to the Criminal Justice System courses before you begin this course. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

In this course, you’ll explore the meaning of crisis and review strategies for helping Survivors who are in crisis. You’ll learn about talking with Survivors who have considered suicide as a way to deal with crisis. This course is not intended to be the only training you receive on these topics. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course will help you identify safety planning options and strategies to assist Survivors in staying safer. You’ll review safety planning for hotline and Lethality Assessment Program calls and be able to explain the key elements of safety planning conversations. You’ll learn about the safety measures for Survivors who stay with their batterers and those who leave. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

Many Survivors are involved with child protective services (CPS). Your role is support Survivors and their children throughout the CPS case life cycle. This course provides an overview of the child protection system and the process of assessing the potential danger to children. You’ll learn how to talk with Survivors about their involvement with CPS, how to support them, and explore some of the resources available to help you strengthen your advocacy skills. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course is an introduction to working with Survivors with disabilities who have or are experiencing domestic violence. It is a broad overview which should lead to a basic understanding of working with Survivors with disabilities. The course provides an overview of the many community resources available to assist you and Survivors. The course prepares you to dig deeper into this area of your advocacy work. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course is divided into two parts. In Part 1, you’ll review the meaning of Survivor-centered advocacy. You will learn about trauma and its impact on Survivors, children and society. The end of Part 1 looks at defining a trauma- informed framework and how to use that framework to evaluate your work with Survivors. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This is the second part of a 2-part course. This course builds on what you learned in Trauma-Informed, Survivor-Centered Advocacy Part 1.
Part 2 teaches you about empowerment. You will practice identifying empowering behaviors. You’ll also learn about best practices regarding creating a Survivor- centered, trauma-informed environment. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course identifies and defines abusive behavior. You’ll learn about the justifications abusers use for their behavior. This course includes an exploration of the common treatment options for abusers. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge about abusers and their behavior when talking with Survivors. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course looks at the public benefits programs available to domestic violence Survivors. You’ll learn about the three key benefits programs and the application process. You’ll learn about the appeals process and the resources available to you as you assist Survivors. You will earn 1.5 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course is an introduction to domestic violence. In this course, you will learn how to define and identify domestic violence. You’ll learn about The social- ecological model and the factors that influence violence and support prevention efforts. This course also looks at the impact of domestic violence on Survivors, children and society. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.

This course begins with the basics of working with LGBTQ Survivors. It includes a discussion about terminology and the ever-changing use of language. It provides an overview of domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships and a glimpse at the challenges Survivors face. It is not meant to cover every aspect of this topic and should not be the end of your attempts to learn more about issues specific to these Survivors. You will earn 2 credit hours for successfully completing this course.


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