Advocates' Institute Training Series

The NCCADV Training Program’s Advocates’ Institute (A.I.) has been broken down into 7 focused trainings.

Each training builds upon the trainings before and consist of 5 live Zoom calls and online "prework" modules between calls. Each module in the trainings build on the previous weeks module. Besides the completely online and self guided "Confidentiality and Advocate Privilege" training; each A.I. training is 8-weeks long.

As advocates move through Advocates' Institute Training Series, advocates will be able to choose trainings based on their professional focus.

Introduction: 100 Level Trainings

There are no required training credits for Intro level A.I. trainings. Each training can be registered for at the convenience of the advocate.

    This 8-week training is the first A.I. training with 5 live Zoom calls where participants will be able to discuss and implement what they learned while completing the online prework given during the week. This training can be taken along with, before or after an advocate takes the A.I.: Confidentiality & Advocate Privilege training.

    *The A.I.: The Basics training credit is required before an advocate is able to register for any Intermediate or Advanced A.I. training.

    After participating in A.I.: The Basics, advocates will be able to:
  • Understand and stay up to date on knowledge related to domestic violence
  • Understand a diverse set of narratives related to the survivor experience
  • Understand the advocate's role in domestic violence
  • *Participants with previous knowledge of DV advocacy can test out of taking the A.I.: The Basics training by logging into Coalition Manager and completing this test. Advocates who do not complete A.I.: The Basics training must receive a score of 100% to earn credit for A.I.: The Basics and be eligible for any Intermediate or Advanced Trainings.

    This training is completely self-guided and online with no live calls. Advocates will be able to complete this training at their convenience.

    *The A.I.: Confidentiality & Advocate Privilege training credit is required before an advocate is able to register for any Intermediate or Advanced A.I. training.

    After participating in A.I.: Confidentiality and Advocate Privilege, advocates will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of maintaining client confidentiality
  • Explain the federal confidentiality requirements
  • List the only three exceptions to confidentiality
  • Apply the requirements and exceptions to specific practices at their agency
  • You can register for A.I.: Confidentiality and Advocate Privilege by logging in to Coalition Manager and following this link!

Intermediate: 200 Level Trainings

To register for Intermediate trainings, advocates must have completed or received credit for both "A.I.: The Basics" and "A.I.: Confidentiality & Advocate Privilege"

    This 8-week training will include both online prework and 5 live Zoom calls where participants will be able to discuss and implement what they learned while completing the prework.

    After participating in A.I.: Crisis Advocacy Skills, advocates will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively with survivors in crisis  
  • Screen survivor needs related to health and wellness, including suicidality  
  • Implement effective advocacy services 
  • *Participants with previous knowledge of DV crisis advocacy can test out of taking the A.I.: Crisis Advocacy Skills training by logging into Coalition Manager and completing this test. Advocates who do not complete A.I.: Crisis Advocacy Skills training must receive a score of 100% to earn credit for A.I.: Crisis Advocacy Skills and be eligible for the Advanced Trainings.

    This 8-week training will include both online prework and 5 live Zoom calls where participants will be able to discuss and implement what they learned while completing the prework.

    After participating in A.I.: Legal Advocacy Skills, advocates will be able to:
  • Implement empowering strategies to support survivors in the DVPO filing process
  • Implement techniques to support survivors in advanced DVPO issues
  • Implement techniques to support survivors in child custody and child support enforcement issues
  • *Participants with previous knowledge of DV legal advocacy can test out of taking the A.I.: Legal Advocacy Skills training by logging into Coalition Manager and completing this test. Advocates who do not complete A.I.: Legal Advocacy Skills training must receive a score of 100% to earn credit for A.I.: Legal Advocacy Skills and be eligible for the Advanced Trainings.

    This 8-week training will include both online prework and 5 live Zoom calls where participants will be able to discuss and implement what they learned while competing the prework.

    After participating in A.I.: Culturally Responsive Court Services, advocates will be able to:
  • Implement techniques to support survivors navigating employment, housing and criminal justice systems
  • Implement strategies supporting immigrant survivors and survivors with disabilities
  • Implement strategies supporting teen survivors
  • *Participants with previous knowledge of DV court advocacy can test out of taking the A.I.: Culturally Responsive Court Services training by logging into Coalition Manager and completing this test. Advocates who do not complete A.I.: Culturally Responsive Court Services training must receive a score of 100% to earn credit for A.I.: Culturally Responsive Court Services and be eligible for the Advanced Trainings.

    This 8-week training will include both online prework and 5 live Zoom calls where participants will be able to discuss and Implement what they learned while completing the prework.

    After participating in A.I.: Serving Underserved Survivors, advocates will be able to:
  • Understand systems of oppression and the relationships to power
  • Identify oppressive systems in the provision of domestic violence services
  • Develop skills for advocacy with cultural humility
  • *Participants with previous knowledge of serving underserved DV survivors can test out of taking the A.I.: Serving Underserved Survivors training by logging into Coalition Manager and completing this test. Advocates who do not complete the A.I.: Serving Underserved Survivors training must receive a score of 100% to earn credit for A.I.: Serving Underserved Survivor and be eligible for the Advanced Trainings.

Advanced: 300 Level Trainings

To register for the Advanced A.I. training, advocates must have completed all Introduction and Intermediate trainings.

    This 8-week training will include both online prework and 5 live Zoom calls where participants will be able to discuss and Implement what they learned while completing the prework.

    After participating in A.I.: Systems Advocacy, advocates will be able to:
  • Identify strategies and policies for anti-oppressive services and organizations
  • Understand the limitations of the domestic violence field and services
  • Develop meaningful partnerships with local allied professionals

Advocates' Institue FAQ 

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