Training Requests

Branches provides a number of community education and awareness trainings covering a wide variety of issues and intersecting experiences with domestic violence.  Anyone that would like to request a training for their organization or group can contact the Director of Development, Sara Blevins blevins@branchesdvs.org at any time and your request will be processed.  Please include the type of training you're requesting and the dates and times you'd like to have an advocate present.  

Don't forget to frequently check our social media for upcoming open to the community training opportunities which we offer both virtually and in-person throughout the year.  

Trainings Directory

Dynamics of DV 101 

This training is designed to educate the community and raise awareness about domestic violence including common DV behaviors and all services Branches provides.  

Learning Objectives:  

  • Participants will leave the training with a basic understanding of the tactics and behaviors that abusers may use to maintain power and control in a relationship 

  • Participants will explore why a victim may choose not to leave an abusive relationship or to pacify an abuser  

  • Participants will learn healthy interventions and advocacy techniques with safety and dignity as top proprieties for victims  

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of what services are available in their community for victims of domestic violence  

 

Intersections of Domestic Violence & Substance Use Disorder  

This training examines the co-occurring experience of domestic violence and substance use disorder and best practices for advocacy.   

Learning Objectives:  

  • Participants will establish a baseline understanding about substance use as a diagnosis and develop critical thinking skills for examining systemic attitudes about substance use as a moral implication.  

  • Participants will define “intersectionality” and examine the unique challenges faced by those experiencing both Domestic Violence and Substance Use Disorder.  

  • Participants will explore the concept of stigma and be able to identify how it creates and maintains barriers to safety.  

  • Participants will understand the practice of safety planning and develop strategies for how to engage with survivors about their options. 

 

Understanding Domestic Violence & Poverty: A Strengths-Based Approach  

This training takes a strengths-based approach to understanding and providing advocacy to domestic violence victims working within the constraints of poverty.   

Learning Objectives:  

  • Participants will become familiar with the benefits of a working from a strengths-based approach.  

  • Participants will be able to recognize and understand the “hidden rules” of class as they work with victims.  

  • Participants will become familiar with specific domestic violence situations that are influenced by an experience of poverty and strategize effective ways to respond to them.   

 

Allyship & Advocacy: Intersections of Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ+ Community 

This training provides methods and techniques to help create safer service provider environments for people in the LGBTQ+ community and to address additional barriers those experiencing domestic violence in the LGBTQ+ community might experience.   

Learning Objectives:  

  • Increase understanding of the types and effects of domestic violence within the LGBTQ+ community.  

  • Increase understanding of additional barriers the LGBTQ+ community face while experiencing domestic violence and seeking services.  

  • Increase understanding of methods and techniques in creating safer, more inclusive environments and services for victims in the LGBTQ+ community.  

 

Employ & Empower 

This training is designed for employers, local businesses, and HR departments to navigate employees that may be experiencing domestic violence and the overall impact of domestic violence in the workplace.    

Learning Objectives:  

  • Increase understanding of the types and effects of domestic violence within the LGBTQ+ community.  

  • Increase understanding of additional barriers the LGBTQ+ community face while experiencing domestic violence and seeking services.  

  • Increase understanding of methods and techniques in creating safer, more inclusive environments and services for victims in the LGBTQ+ community. 

 

Human Trafficking 101  

This training provides critical information on understanding and responding to human trafficking in our community.    

Learning Objectives:  

  • Understand the difference between human trafficking and smuggling 

  • Increase understanding of myths and misconceptions related to human trafficking 

  • Increase knowledge of how to help someone experiencing human trafficking  

 

Men & Domestic Violence  

This training provides information on how men experience, respond to, and report domestic violence.  It focuses on eliminating stigma, and clearing misconceptions associated with domestic violence and men.

 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Increase understanding of how men experience and respond to domestic violence 

  • Identify barriers to men seeking services for domestic violence 

  • Provide expert insight from mental health, law enforcement, legal advocacy and service provider perspectives.   

 

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Healthy Relationships & Teens  

This training is designed to provide information to teens and young adults regarding healthy relationships, body safety, and the consent continuum.     

Learning Objectives:  

  • Create and nourish a safe place where we can discuss dating relationships 

  • Identify unhealthy and healthy dating relationship behaviors 

  • Identify safe ways to seek help when experiencing an unhealthy relationship  

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Healthy Relationships & LGBTQ+ Teens  

This training is designed to provide information to teens and young adults regarding healthy relationships, body safety, and the consent continuum within the LGBTQ+ community.

     

Learning Objectives:  

  • Create and nourish a safe place where we can discuss dating relationships 

  • Identify unhealthy and healthy dating relationship behaviors 

  • Explore additional barriers and their solutions to LGBTQ+ dating relationships 

  • Discuss and plan how to respond to violence in LGBTQ+ dating relationships as an ally