2020 Webinar Series


Track 1: Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Substance Use


This webinar series provides cross-training and practical applications for supporting survivors of domestic/sexual violence who use substances through an Accessible, Culturally-Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) approach. Included in these webinars are foundational information about the intersections of domestic/sexual violence, trauma, and substance use, as well as innovations in collaborative approaches that support survivors in addressing their self-defined needs. This series is specially designed for DV/SV advocacy organizations as well as substance use disorder and recovery support specialists who are seeking to increase skills and resources, and will feature experiences from survivors as well as service providers.

Click the webinar titles below to jump to their descriptions.

Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use and Why Survivors May Continue to Use Substances
Substance Use Coercion as a Barrier to Safety, Recovery, and Economic Stability: Implications for Policy, Research, and Practice
Introducing Our New Guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors
Shelter from the Storm Inside: Supporting Recovery, Safety, and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Support Systems

All live webinars are closed captioned. For more information, please contact Karla Alegria via email or by phone at 312-726-7020 or 312-726-4110 (TTY).


Track 2: Serving Survivors During COVID-19


During this national emergency, there are new challenges for organizations and advocates who serve survivors of domestic/sexual violence and trauma, as well as increased barriers for survivors themselves to access services. This webinar series provides support and training on topics ranging from leadership during crisis to telehealth safety and confidentiality, from navigating secondary trauma to maintaining our own resilience.

Click the webinar titles below to jump to their descriptions.

Healing Organizational Trauma and Supporting Resilience
Trauma-Informed Communication: Strategies for Staying Connected in Challenging Times
Supporting Well-Being
Shelter from the Storm Inside: Supporting Recovery, Safety, and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All live webinars are closed captioned. For more information, please contact Karla Alegria via email or by phone at 312-726-7020 or 312-726-4110 (TTY).


Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use and Why Survivors May Continue to Use Substances

Monday, November 30, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PDT | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AKDT | 9:00 am – 10:30 am HST

This webinar is the second in a series based on NCDVTMH’s new guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances.

This webinar provides a framework for unpacking the uniquely personal dynamics of substance use experiences, including information on intersecting factors that contribute to ongoing substance use. Through understanding the layers of complexity involved in substance use, advocates will be prepared to respond to survivors who use substances with deeper empathy, active listening, individualized approaches, and collaborative partnerships with survivors. This webinar will also help clarify the connections between substance use and domestic violence and offer tips for opening conversations about substance use within domestic and sexual violence advocacy services.

Presented by:

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Director of Policy & Practice for Domestic Violence & Substance Use
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

To register for this webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Registration: Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use

Previous Webinars in this Series:

Introducing Our New Guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors  » Recording  » Handouts


Substance Use Coercion as a Barrier to Safety, Recovery, and Economic Stability: Implications for Policy, Research, and Practice

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PDT | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AKDT | 9:00 am – 10:30 am HST

People who abuse their partners often coerce them into using substances, including deliberately sabotaging their recovery attempts. This insidious form of power and control cuts across every facet of a survivor’s life and has potentially lethal effects. Forcibly keeping a survivor reliant on substances can harm their mental and physical health, impact their relationship with and custody of their children, interfere with their housing and employment, and create other barriers to getting help.

During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we mourn those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and celebrate the resiliency of all survivors. We reflect on the progress we have made and connect with those engaged in this vital work. Join us as we share knowledge about substance use coercion and examine ways that we can all make a difference in the work we do.

Presenters will discuss the current state of research on substance use coercion; insights and recommendations from people with lived experience; and innovative responses to the intersecting issues of substance use, intimate partner violence, and substance use coercion. We will conclude with recommendations for addressing substance use coercion by federal agencies and by the domestic and sexual violence violence, substance use, and research fields.

Sponsored by:

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Family Violence Prevention and Services (FVPSA) Program and NCDVTMH

To view the recording, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Substance Use Coercion as a Barrier to Safety, Recovery, and Economic Stability

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar and newly published guide, click the links below.

» Webinar Handouts

» View Full Reports: Substance Use Coercion as a Barrier to Safety, Recovery, and Economic Stability


Introducing Our New Guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PDT | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AKDT | 9:00 am – 10:30 am HST

This webinar, in honor of Recovery Month (September) and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), is the first in a series based on NCDVTMH’s new guide, Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances, to be released on September 30th, 2020.

Domestic and sexual violence (DSV) can have significant effects on one’s health and mental health, including increased risk for substance use concerns. In addition to using substances in order to cope with experiences of violence, survivors of substance use coercion may also be coerced to use substances, face increased violence if they do not use substances, and have their attempts to engage in treatment and recovery sabotaged by an intimate partner or ex-partner. At the same time, many advocates feel unprepared to help survivors address concerns related to substance use and substance use coercion, resulting in increased barriers and risk of revictimization. This webinar will introduce advocates to the newly released guide as well as provide a framework for an Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) approach to advocacy with survivors who use substances.

Presented by:

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Director of Policy & Practice for Domestic Violence & Substance Use
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

To view the recording, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar and newly published guide, click the links below.

» Webinar Handouts

» Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances 


Healing Organizational Trauma and Supporting Resilience

Monday, September 21, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CDT | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm MDT
10:00 am – 11:30 pm PDT | 9:00 am – 10:30 am AKDT | 7:00 am – 8:30 am HST

Adverse community events such as COVID-19 and experiences with trauma, structural oppression, and violence can impact advocates, our advocacy, and the overall wellbeing of our programs. This webinar explores organizational trauma and offers approaches for supporting staff by acknowledging these experiences and healing their impacts.

Presented by:

Cathy Cave
Senior Training Consultant
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Healing Organizational Trauma and Supporting Resilience

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts

Related resource: Tools for Transformation Implementation Support Guide series

» Implementation Support Guide 1: The Social, Emotional, and Relational Climate and Organizational Trauma 


Trauma-Informed Communication: Strategies for Staying Connected in Challenging Times

Friday, June 10, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CDT | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm MDT
10:00 am – 11:30 pm PDT | 9:00 am – 10:30 am AKDT | 7:00 am – 8:30 am HST

Navigating change and crisis can contribute to stress and distress that impact the ways we communicate within our programs. This webinar will identify organizational qualities that strengthen communication, explore challenges that hinder effective communication, and offer strategies for improvement.

Presented by:

Cathy Cave
Senior Training Consultant
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Trauma-Informed Communication

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts (PDF)


Supporting Well-Being

Monday, June 1, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CDT | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MDT
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT | 10:00 am – 11:00 am AKDT | 8:00 am – 9:00 am HST

We will discuss the relationship between working differently during this pandemic and the impacts of these experiences on our capacity to feel grounded and connected to others and ourselves.

The conversation will include exploration of how distress is showing up in our lives, ways we are coping with feeling overwhelmed, and cultural expectations related to working, parenting, and self-care.  We will offer tools and resources for supporting well-being and resilience for people we serve in our programs and for ourselves.

Presented by:

Cathy Cave
Senior Training Consultant
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, Mental Health

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Supporting Well-Being

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts (PDF)


Shelter from the Storm Inside: Supporting Recovery, Safety, and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, May 14, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT
12:00pm – 1:30 pm PDT | 11 am – 12:30 pm AKDT | 9:00 – 10:30 am HST

With all 50 states, nearly all territories, and many tribal nations reporting growing numbers of people impacted by COVID-19, we are all contending with escalating stressors, isolation, grief, and disconnection from regular sources of support and stability. The unique circumstances of this pandemic raise new kinds of challenges for mental health and substance use recovery. Additionally, those who live with an abusive person face increasing danger as they are isolated from school, work, and other sources of safety and support.

As advocates, counselors, and peer support specialists, we play a crucial role in navigating these increased risks to recovery, safety, and well-being. This webinar presents information on some of the increased risks and stressors in the current pandemic; offers strategies to support safety and well-being for survivors of domestic/sexual violence, staff, and ourselves; and resources to support these strategies.

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with how the current pandemic can increase risk factors and decrease access to protective factors for people experiencing concerns related to mental health, substance use, as well as intimate partner and other family-based violence
  • Identify strategies for supporting survivors, teammates, and ourselves
  • Become familiar with local resources that can aid in responding to the current pandemic

Presented by:

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Director of Policy & Practice for Domestic Violence & Substance Use
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Shelter from the Storm Inside: Supporting Recovery, Safety, and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts (PDF)


Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Support Systems

Monday, March 30, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT
12:00pm – 1:30 pm PDT | 11 am – 12:30 pm AKDT | 9:00 – 10:30 am HST

Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault experience increased barriers to safe, accessible, and effective substance use disorder treatment. Additionally, treatment and recovery services can be difficult to locate, access, and understand, especially as an advocate working outside of these systems. This webinar will provide an introduction to substance use disorder treatment and recovery support systems, including how to locate resources, ask about trauma-informed gender-responsive services, and build collaborations with community-based providers.

Who should attend?
This webinar is appropriate for anyone who wants to become more familiar with the formal substance use disorder treatment system and/or recovery support services, and has been specifically tailored for people responding to the needs of DV/SA survivors (and their children, when applicable).

Presented by:
Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Director of Policy & Practice for Domestic Violence & Substance Use
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

To listen to this webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Support Systems

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts (PDF)


 

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  • WEBINAR TRACKING TOOL

    We have created a simple tool to help you keep track of the webinars that you have attended and watched. This tool is currently a Word document and can either be printed or saved directly to your computer. We will update the tool as we add new webinar series. You can access the tool at the following link:

    NCDVTMH Webinar Tracking Sheet
    Updated December 2018


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