David Mandel and Associates, LLC provides expert professional training and consultation to private and public entities. With roots going back over 25 years, our mission is to promote organizational excellence and increase the safety and well-being of families impacted by domestic violence. Our sustainable training and technical assistance packages focus on improvements in outcomes for families experiencing domestic violence by helping professionals, agencies and communities improve core competencies and cross system collaborations.
Our approach is based on a clear understanding of domestic violence perpetrator’s behaviors as the source of the safety and risk concerns for families combined with a strong emphasis on supporting high parenting standards for fathers. Improving safety and well being for adult and child victims of domestic violence is paramount in our work. We approach working with domestic violence victims from a strengths based perspective, understanding them often to be trauma survivors who have tremendous parenting capacity and been extremely active in their efforts to meet the needs of their children under difficult circumstances. Our approach, with its focus on behavior, is designed to enhance policy, practice and collaboration while avoiding stereotyping based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
We work to ensure that our trainings and technical assistance meet the needs and mission of our clients and that training participants walk away from our trainings with specific, concrete strategies for improving practice. Our current areas of specialization include:
- Enhancing the child welfare system’s ability to respond to domestic violence cases including supporting domestic violence advocates in their work with child welfare and child welfare involved clients
- Promoting responsible fatherhood
- Home visitor practice related to fatherhood, and domestic violence
- Perpetrator accountability and change including batterer intervention programming, community and government corrections, courts and law enforcement
- Trauma exposure response (secondary trauma)