2020-2021 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.

Supporting ALL Survivors - NCDVTMH Webinar Dates

Click the webinar titles below to jump to their descriptions. Webinars related to Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances are indicated with an asterisk. 

Family-Centered Toolkit for Domestic Violence Programs: A Product Launch and Webinar Series
Change Leadership and Supervision: Using Reflection to Support Both Staff and Sustainable Change
Supporting Survivor Safety and Choice Within Substance Use
Meeting People Where They Are and Resources that Support Safety, Healing, and Empowerment
Organizational Policies and Practices that Promote Safety Within Programs
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 312-957-0449 (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 312-957-0449 (TTY).


Family-Centered Toolkit for Domestic Violence Programs: A Product Launch and Webinar Series

Wednesdays, October 20, October 27, and November 3, 2021
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CDT | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm MDT
11:30 am – 1:00 pm PDT | 10:30 am – 12:00 apm AKDT | 8:30 am – 10:00 am HST

NCDVTMH is pleased to announce the forthcoming Family-Centered Toolkit for Domestic Violence Programs – a new resource to expand organizational capacity for family-centered programming. Historically, the DV field has separated services for adults and services for children and youth, rather than taking an integrated approach that centers the relationships between adult survivors and their children. NCDVTMH’s Family-Centered Toolkit for Domestic Violence Programs helps programs envision and implement an integrated approach that supports parent-child relationships and families with a range of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and developmentally sensitive services.

In response to the highly varied, complex situations and needs presented by caregivers, children, and families experiencing domestic violence, DV program staff will find NCDVTMH’s Family-Centered Toolkit a welcome, step by step resource for building an integrated approach to family-centered services. The toolkit offers knowledge, best practice guidance, and accessible resources for DV advocates, program staff, and supervisors to enhance and sustain family-centered services within DV programs.

  • Part 1 (October 20) offers an introduction to the entire toolkit with guidance for program managers and supervisors on how to use the toolkit to build organizational capacity for family-centered services.
  • Part 2 (October 27) focuses more specifically on programming and best practices around responding to the needs of children, teens, and their caregivers, plus a demonstration on applying one of the learning vignettes designed to enhance practice with families.
  • Part 3 (November 3) explores sections in the toolkit on engaging and supporting caregivers and their families; this includes how to use developmentally sensitive activities to strengthen parent-child relationships and promote wellbeing and resilience. This last webinar in the series will also host a panel of domestic violence program staff reflecting on how the toolkit can be applied to your program and organization.

Presented by:

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

Jeannette Baca, DSW, LCSW, LISW
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, New Mexico Highlands University
Consultant to the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence

To register, click the links below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Family-Centered Toolkit Launch Part 1: View the webinar recording and access the handouts from this webinar here.
» Webinar Registration: Family-Centered Toolkit Launch Part 2
» Webinar Registration: Family-Centered Toolkit Launch Part 3


Change Leadership and Supervision: Using Reflection to Support Both Staff and Sustainable Change

Thursday, September 30, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MDT
11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT | 10:00 am – 11:30 am AKDT | 8:00 am – 9:30 am HST

As our field adapts, supervisors provide a foundation for staff in domestic and sexual violence programs to work in ways that are inclusive, accessible, survivor-defined, and trauma informed. Our supervisory approaches are key to addressing survivor needs, staff support, and organizational culture as we navigate challenges, changes, and opportunities for growth. This webinar will explore the qualities that are essential to change leadership and share strategies for adding reflective practice as a component of effective supervision.

Reflection offers opportunities for staff to experience trusting, accountable, and strengths-based relationships and at the same time, offers program leaders a process that supports and sustains changes in organizational policy, practice, and culture.

Presented by:

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

Rachel Cox, LCSW
Chief Programs Officer
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence

View the webinar recording and access the handouts from this webinar here.


Supporting Survivor Safety and Choice Within Substance Use

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
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 fifth and final 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 session will deepen the application of the concepts learned in all of the preceding webinars in this series and offer a more in-depth method for supporting survivors to safety plan around their substance use in the context of domestic violence. This session includes guidance and examples of supporting survivors to create a plan that reduces risks related to substance use while also supporting their self-defined goals, including health, safety, and overall well-being for themselves and their families.

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

View the webinar recording and access the handouts from this webinar here.

Previous Webinars in this Series:

  1. Introducing Our New Guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors  » Recording  » Handouts
  2. Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use and Why Survivors May Continue to Use Substances  » Recording  » Handouts
  3. Organizational Policies and Practices that Promote Safety Within Programs  » Recording  » Handouts
  4. Meeting People Where They Are and Resources that Support Safety, Healing, and Empowerment
    » Recording  » Handouts

Meeting People Where They Are and Resources that Support Safety, Healing, and Empowerment

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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 fourth 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 session will provide:

  • A framework for providing survivor-defined support that includes strategies for assessing where people are in relation to their substance use
  • Guidance on what kinds of approaches and resources may be helpful based on where people are
  • Information on the internal and external resources that promote healing and recovery for individuals experiencing chaotic substance use
  • An opportunity for advocates and programs to reflect on what resources are already available within their services, as well as gather ideas from other programs about how additional recovery resources could be added or expanded.

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: Meeting People Where They Are

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

» Webinar Handouts

Previous Webinars in this Series:

  1. Introducing Our New Guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors  » Recording  » Handouts
  2. Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use and Why Survivors May Continue to Use Substances  » Recording  » Handouts
  3. Organizational Policies and Practices that Promote Safety Within Programs » Recording  » Handouts

Organizational Policies and Practices that Promote Safety Within Programs

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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 third 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 session will provide concrete guidance on organizational policies and practices that promote safety within program settings for survivors who use substances, survivors who do not use substances, children, and staff; all within an accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) approach.

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: Organizational Policies and Practices

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

» Webinar Handouts

Previous Webinars in this Series:

  1. Introducing Our New Guide: Committed to Safety for ALL Survivors  » Recording  » Handouts
  2. Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use and Why Survivors May Continue to Use Substances  » Recording  » Handouts

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

» Webinar Recording: Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use

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

» Webinar Handouts

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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