2016 “Virtual” Safe & Together Model Advocacy Institute


What is the “Virtual” Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute?

The “Virtual” Safe and Together™ Model Advocacy Institute is a distance learning version of our unique, six-month long, intensive training program designed specifically for domestic violence advocates. The “Virtual” Advocacy Institute covers the same material, uses the same coaching and mentoring model and provides the same 2-year same certification. Just like the in-person Advocacy Institute, the “Virtual” Advocacy Institute is designed to help domestic violence advocates use the Safe and Together model to improve outcomes for survivors and their children involved with the child welfare system. Participating advocates will learn how a perpetrator pattern-based approach can help them work more collaboratively with child welfare, enhance advocacy skills with child welfare-involved clients, and develop their leadership skills.

To best support learning, practice, and development of participant skills and leadership, the “virtual” Institute includes:

  • 6-12 hours of online and self-timed learning (before and during Advocacy Institute)
  • 4 1.5 hour online live group education sessions (June & December 2016)
  • 4 1.5 hour monthly group coaching/mentoring sessions
  • 1 1 hour Individual coaching
  • Individual goal setting and action plans
  • Leadership development
  • Monthly journal entries to promote self-reflection on practice
  • Required training modules for participants to train child welfare partners, peers, and other community members
  • Training and webinar support for targeted agency managers and community partners

Participants for the Advocacy Institute must complete an application and be selected for the program. All participants who complete the Institute requirements will receive a two year certificate indicating they are a “Safe and Together™ Model Advocacy Certification.”

Who Should Attend?

  • Domestic violence advocates that are co-located with child welfare
  • Domestic advocates working with child-welfare involved clients
  • Supervisors of co-located advocates and/or advocates working with child welfare involved clients
  • Domestic violence agency leadership
  • State domestic violence coalition staff

What is the cost for the Advocacy Institute?
The tuition for the entire Advocacy Institute is $2500/person. There are no travel expenses associated with the “Virtual” Advocacy Institute.

What Advocates have said about the 2014 Institute

“This Monday I was so pumped and ready to make a difference, that I purposely walked around the CPIS building following up on the referrals I had received…”

“Immediately, I started using the program by focusing on my participant’s strengths and creating a safety plan around their strengths.”

“Since attending the training, my conversations with survivors have changed drastically and have definitely improved my advocacy skills.”

What is the cost for the Advocacy Institute?
The tuition for the entire Advocacy Institute is $2500/person. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participants who are expected to attend all six onsite days (June 2016 and December 2016).


For more information, please contact: Bridget Reilly at bridgetreilly@endingviolence.com

To read a report on the 2014 Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute

To apply to theAdvocacy Institute download, and complete application below.
Return your application with your letter(s) of support to Bridget Reilly at bridgetreilly@endingviolence.com

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