The Safe & Together™ Model Trainer Certification Program is a robust suite of tools designed to enhance the capacity of agencies and communities to transform into more domestic violence-informed systems, and to keep children ‘safe and together’ with non-offending parents. The Certification Program has been designed to be used on its own to augment system change or within the context of a wider relationship of services with the Safe & Together Institute such as our evaluation and assessment services.
The program consists of two interlocking elements:
- The Partner Agency relationship
- Certification and credentialing processes of individual trainers to deliver Safe & Together™ Model curricula with fidelity
What does the Partner Agency relationship involve?
Certified Trainers are one way an agency can enhance their own staff capacity and/or the capacity of their community to respond to domestic violence cases involving children. Ideally, becoming a Partner Agency involves a plan about how to use a Certified Trainer to achieve their goals around whole-system change including organizational evaluation services, e-course training and more.
The Partner Agency relationship encompasses the following elements:
- Completion of a Partner Agency application
- A service agreement that outlines the scope of the relationship including legal and financial aspects
- Evaluation services by the Safe & Together Institute that provide ROI (‘return on investment’) information and help support communication around the Model
- Implementation support and guidance
- E-learning discounts to extend and support learning
The Partner Agency relationship also provides the potential for marketing trainings to other agencies and individuals in your community. Partner Agency status can be taken to the next level through an additional vetting process that allows the Safe & Together Institute to refer training requests.
Safe & Together Partner Agency: What agencies are the right fit?
Becoming a Partner Agency demonstrates a commitment to domestic violence-informed practice and system change by helping to keep families safe and together through domestic violence-informed training.
In applying for Partner Agency status, we are looking for agencies that demonstrate a commitment to domestic violence-informed practice, high quality training and are interested in supporting the dissemination of the Model. We ask the following questions so we can best address your needs to help you transform and grow as a domestic violence-informed agency.
- What tools do you use already?
- What are you trying to change?
- What do you hope to accomplish with a Certified Trainer?
- What is your capacity to support and guide your Certified Trainer during this rigorous training?
- Where do you see yourself as a domestic violence-informed agency five years from now?
What does being a Certified Trainer involve?
Becoming a Safe & Together™ Model Certified Trainer connects you to a global network of professionals who are passionate about transforming the way systems do business related to domestic violence and children. The certification and credentialing processes are robust and designed to support successful implementation of the Model with fidelity.
The trainer certification process starts with our foundational certification for delivering CORE Training and Overview Training. Over time, trainers can add S&TI credentials, so they are able to deliver more advanced trainings like the Safe & Together™ Model Supervisor Training and Intersections Training. We offer new and experienced trainers extensive support through our mentoring program.
Safe & Together™ Certified Trainer: Who are we looking for?
We are looking for applicants who have already had significant experience with the Model. Applicants must have completed the CORE Training with a score of 80% or higher. Individuals with training experience are preferred but not required. All applicants must work for an agency that applies and is accepted as a Safe & Together™ Partner Agency.
What is required for certification?
To be certified, applicants must:
- Be accepted as a candidate based on the application
- Work for an agency that is an approved Safe & Together Institute Partner Agency
- Complete five days of in-person training
- Successfully complete video observation of the CORE Training
- Participate in mandatory remote 12 coaching sessions with a Safe & Together™ Training Mentor
- Complete required reading and online learning
- Pass a knowledge test
- Hold a bachelor’s level or equivalent, or higher degree
- Experience with both domestic violence and child welfare preferred
What is required for recertification?
All certified trainers must be recertified every two years. To be recertified, the trainer needs to do the following:
- Deliver two CORE Trainings or an equivalent number of 1-day trainings in the past two years
- Complete (with passing grades) 27.5 approved continuing education hours (50% of them from the Safe & Together Institute)
- Maintain ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ training evaluations
- Pay recertification fee of $500USD
- Submit 2 hours of training video for review and feedback
Worldwide Safe & Together™ Model Certification Program Implementation Examples
A domestic violence not-for-profit Partner Agency decides to certify trainers in order to host individual trainings within the wider community. This expansion into the community resulted in cross-system collaboration and connection to a large child protection agency for wider implementation and change.
A state-run child welfare agency began with system-wide e-learning to jump start their commitment to domestic violence-informed practice. At a later date, certified trainers were added to begin internal agency-wide training and cross-systems training.
A state-wide child welfare agency certified one trainer as part of a larger package of system-wide change that included tools such as e-learning, advanced trainings and system evaluation.
A non-governmental organization decides to certify trainers in order to train staff internally, which saves money while expanding their own agency capacity.
Benefits of becoming a Certified Trainer:
In 2017, the Safe & Together Institute began offering the ability to become a Certified Trainer. This option has the following features:
- Low initial entry cost: Receive the necessary certification training for a base fee of $1500.00 USD plus materials and venue costs
- Up to a 65% reduction in trainer costs (as compared to using Safe & Together Institute faculty or staff)
- The ability to generate revenue by charging for trainings
- A ‘pay as you go’ structure allows agencies to manage training costs
- Immediate ability (upon completion of certification requirements) to deliver an unlimited number of CORE Trainings and 1-day Overview Trainings
- On-going, unlimited technical assistance including an assigned Safe & Together ‘Training Mentor’
- All the materials needed to deliver the trainings including trainer manuals, handouts, videos
- Full online support for training registrations including co-branded event pages
- Advertisements for your training on our website plus other marketing materials
- Regular curriculum updates
- Future opportunities to add other Safe & Together™ Model trainings, e.g. Supervisor Training
Frequently Asked Questions
You need to have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. More than higher education credentials, we want trainers who have used the Model in their own practice, and understand its benefits from their own direct experience. We also prefer trainers who have training experience but are open to working with the right candidates to improve their training skills.
Currently there is no specific requirement. We are open to both governmental and non-governmental entities.
Right now, the plan is to host one in the US, UK and Australia every year.
Not at this time.
Yes, however there needs to be one agency responsible for handling the administrative aspects of the relationship with the Safe & Together Institute.
The Safe & Together Institute is committed to providing at least 13.25 CE hours every two years toward recertification at no cost to the Certified Trainers.