Statewide expansion of the Ohio Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative (OIPVC), featuring training in the Safe and Together model of child welfare response to domestic violence, is well underway. Expansion is a two tiered process consisting of certifying trainers and training counties. In Year 1 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) David Mandel and Associates (DMA) will train two multi-county cohorts while simultaneously training Ohio based trainers to become certified in delivering the Safe and Together training. In Year 2 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) DMA will continue to coach and mentor the Ohio certified trainers as they take on the role of training new counties in the model.
In 2011, after a competitive application process, four trainers began the process of becoming certified. This month, eight additional trainers began their certification training, bringing the total number of Ohio based trainers to twelve. The trainers include child welfare county agency and state staff and domestic violence advocates who attended the full Safe and Together training module prior to the application process. Trainers selected will participate in DMA’s “train the trainer” module, which is focused on developing skills in a number of areas, including: training, consultation and mentoring, communication, cross system collaboration, critical thinking, audience engagement, and model history and development. Much of the skills training is taken simultaneously with the trainers’ observation and/or co-training of a county cohort. Additionally, trainers are required to complete online reading materials and a series of thought provoking questionnaires, to enhance their core knowledge base of domestic violence and partner roles.
In addition to certifying the trainers DMA staff also began training new counties in 2011. In October, Trumbull and Tuscarawas began Safe and Together model training, which was completed in February. The next cohort of counties to be trained is Licking, Guernsey and Washington. Thanks to new funding from the Children’s Trust Fund, an additional three counties- Athens, Hocking and Lucas, were added to the training schedule during 2012, bringing the total number of counties to be fully trained by the end of 2012 to fourteen. In addition, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio has again committed funding to support the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s participation in the project to assist with community readiness and post-training sustainability.
County cohorts participating in Safe and Together training will receive a nine day training package, plus a community partner training day and two onsite technical assistance days for each individual county. Supervisors will receive an additional two days of supervisor training. Training enhancements also include a series of conference calls with DMA offered to the counties throughout the training period. It is anticipated that by the end of 2015, all 88 Ohio counties will have the opportunity to receive the Safe and Together training as part of ongoing efforts to support the enhancement of differential response practice.