Training & Consultation

2017 Safe & Together Model Advocacy Institute (New reduced price & OVW funding available!)

What is the Safe and Together Advocacy Institute?

The Safe and Together Advocacy Institute is an unique, six-month long, intensive training program designed specifically for domestic violence advocates that involves face-to-face training, coaching and mentoring on how to use the Safe and Together™ model to improve outcomes for survivors and their children involved with the child welfare system. Participating advocates will learn how a perpetrator pattern-based approach can help them work more collaboratively with child welfare, enhance advocacy skills with child welfare-involved clients, and develop their leadership skills.

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To best support learning, practice, and development of participant skills and leadership, the Institute includes:

  • Six days of face-to-face training with DMA staff
  • Monthly group coaching/mentoring
  • Individual coaching
  • Individual Goals and Action Plans
  • Leadership development
  • Monthly journal entries to promote self-reflection on practice
  • Required training modules for participants to train child welfare partners, peers, and other community members
  • Training and webinar support for supervisors and managers
  • Training and webinar support to child welfare partners

Participants for the Advocacy Institute must complete an application and be selected for the program. All participants who complete the Institute requirements will also be certified to train on the Safe and Together model for two years.


Who Should Attend?

  • Domestic violence advocates that are co-located with child welfare
  • Domestic advocates working with child-welfare involved clients
  • Supervisors of co-located advocates and/or advocates working with child welfare involved clients
  • Domestic violence agency leadership
  • State domestic violence coalition staff

What Advocates have said about the Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute

“This Monday I was so pumped and ready to make a difference, that I purposely walked around the CPIS building following up on the referrals I had received…”

“Immediately, I started using the program by focusing on my participant’s strengths and creating a safety plan around their strengths.”

“Since attending the training, my conversations with survivors have changed drastically and have definitely improved my advocacy skills.”

What is the cost for the Advocacy Institute 2017?

The tuition for the entire Advocacy Institute is $2500/person $1900/person!

Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participants who are expected to attend all six onsite days.

Room Group Rates: $149

Budget Estimate:  $2800 (for six nights lodging and tuition; this amounts excludes transportation to/from the two live sessions, meals.)

OVW Funding Now Available!

The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this Advocacy Institute. Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

  • CSSP  (Culturally Specific Services)
  • LAV (Legal Assistance for Victims)
  • Rural
  • State Coalition 
  • Underserved Populations

Grantees from STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number. 

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2017-MU-010. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their  “memo to the file”. This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only. 

We will consider late applications if you notify us by December 21 2016 that you are waiting for your OVW program manager approval.

Where and When 

Check back soon for 2018 dates!

To read a report on the 2014 Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute

Apply now

For more information or inform us about your desire to apply while you wait for OVW approval, please contact Kyle Pinto, Associate Director, Safe and Together Institute
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