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The Serving Survivors with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders training will explore how mental illness and substance use disorders intersect with Domestic Violence. In this training, participants will learn introductory information about common diagnoses and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders. Participants will gain skills to better engage in advocacy with survivors who are living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Participants will learn crisis intervention skills for common mental health and substance use disorder crises. Participants will also learn about resources and systems advocacy approaches that can help to improve the experiences of survivors living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders who are seeking domestic violence services.
This training will provide advocates with some suggestions, tools, and best practices for managing shelters in a trauma-informed way that addresses the needs of survivors, as well as looks at the needs and experiences of staff working there. This training is intended for shelter managers and staff.