Safe & Together™ Model
Trainer Certification Program
The Safe & Together™ Model Trainer Certification Program is designed to transform your Agency’s efficiency and effectiveness in practicing the Model.
Becoming a Domestic Violence-informed Agency
Agencies and systems working with families and children impacted by domestic violence perpetrators’ behaviors fall on a continuum of practice. At one end we have domestic violence-destructive agencies or practices that create harm when they act. At the other end, we have domestic violence-informed agencies or practices that are built around partnering with survivors, intervening with perpetrators, and attention to intersections and intersectionalities. Agencies, systems and practitioners who fall at the informed end of the continuum receive the right training, and supervision; have access to mapping and other tools to keep their focus on perpetrators as parents and partner with survivors; and have policies, protocols, services, and legal processes consistent with this approach. The Trainer Certification Program with its associated Train the Trainer process, Partner Agency supports and other resources is a means to move forward on this continuum.
What agencies are the right fit?
Becoming a Partner Agency is an excellent step for agencies interested in increasing their efforts toward domestic violence-informed proficiency by helping to keep families safe and together through the application of the Safe & Together Model. We are looking for agencies with demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for families impacted by domestic violence perpetrators, developing and implementing a plan to change their organization and/or system, and see the Safe & Together Model training and tools as critical support to achieving their goals.
What type of agencies can become Partner Agencies?
We are open to Partner Agencies from diverse sectors including governmental agencies, child and family NGOs and not-for-profit, specialist family violence and advocacy agencies, universities and associations. If you have a question about whether your agency can apply, please reach out to Shelly Napoletano Flynn, Trainer Certification Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trainer Certification Program (TCP) is a program for agencies that are interested in using the Safe & Together Model training and tools to transform their agencies and/or their systems around domestic abuse practice. The Program provides accepted Partner Agencies the ability to deliver Safe & Together Model training at a lower cost, with local trainers with model fidelity. It also provides a Partner Agency with access to a suite of tools and support to help them achieve their transformational goals. There is a two part application process which involves the 1) acceptance of candidates to become Certified Trainers and 2) the agency’s application to become a Partner Agency. Certified Trainers are an essential ingredient for enhancing an agency’s staff capacity and/or the capacity of their community to respond to domestic violence cases involving children. Ideally, a Partner Agency’s engagement of the TCP can help them implement a wider plan through the use of Certified Trainers alongside other tools and opportunities offered by the Safe & Together Institute to achieve their own goals around whole-system change. While we want to establish a relationship with an agency, we will only certify individual trainers.
Become a Certified Trainer
To be certified, applicants must:
- Be accepted as a candidate based on the application
- Work for an agency that has applied and is an approved Safe & Together Institute Partner Agency
- Complete five days of in-person training
- Successfully complete a videotaped training CORE Training
- Participate in mandatory remote 12 coaching sessions with a Safe & Together™ Training Mentor
- Complete required reading, assignments, 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
This 5-day Train the Trainer is one component of the larger Safe & Together™ Model Trainer Certification Program and is designed to provide a skills-oriented foundation for training on the following curricula: Safe & Together™ Model CORE Training, 1-day Overview and the 1-hour Briefing.
Train the Trainer is focused on moving trainer candidates toward mastery in three main competencies:
- Knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the Continuum of Domestic Violence-informed Practice;
- Knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the Safe & Together™ Model;
- Knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the CORE Training manual and related training activities.
Consisting of 27.5 educational hours of lecture, group exercises, discussion and video, the Trainer Certification Program’s Train the Trainer is a robust 5-day in-person training that will result in participants:
- Increasing their ability and confidence in describing the various components of the Safe & Together™ Model and domestic violence-informed practice;
- Increasing their ability and confidence in the instruction of each of the skills identified in the training (Assessment, Interviewing, Documentation and Case Planning);
- Increasing their ability and confidence in teaching each of the CORE skills identified in the training (Assessment, Interviewing, Documentation and Case Planning);
- Building upon prior knowledge of domestic violence dynamics and child welfare systems as well as cultural competency, substance abuse and mental health intersections and intersectionalities;
- Describing basic concepts and skills associated with ‘light’ systems assessment of domestic violence-informed practice;
- Developing and implementing an action plan for improving their domestic violence-informed training skills.
Completion of this comprehensive training is one of the requirements to become a Safe & Together™ Model Certified Trainer.
In order to support continued learning and application of the skills learned during the 5-day in person train the trainer, all certified trainers are required to participate in 12 remote coaching sessions with a Safe & Together™ Training Mentor.
The Safe & Together Mentor Program, a component of the larger Trainer Certification Program, is designed to prepare and support Certified Trainers to effectively deliver training on the Safe & Together Model.
Safe & Together Mentors are certified trainers or faculty who have experience with the application of the Model both within their organizational context and with delivering training on the Model content. They have demonstrated a commitment to the Safe & Together Model, domestic violence-informed practice and cultivating domestic violence-informed organizational and systems change. Mentors use a coaching approach during 12 monthly 90-minute mentor calls with groups of 5-8 certified trainers currently working through the Trainer Certification Program. Each mentor call includes supportive discussions around deepening certified trainers’ knowledge and ability to articulate specific CORE concepts and practice skills based on each call’s module of focus. In addition, Mentors will coach certified trainers around common challenging trainer issues and questions, logistics related to planning for and delivering training, as well as fostering a supportive environment with both constructive feedback and encouragement.
Full Certification is achieved when all required assignments, trainings, and video review have been completed. Full Certification is granted contingent upon completion of 12 monthly mentor calls.
Once fully certified, the trainer is able to train as many CORE, Overview and one-hour briefing trainings.
Additionally, Full Certification provides the trainer with access to the most current Safe & Together Model material and co-branded marketing material to promote agency delivered Safe & Together Model trainings.
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
- Submit Continuing Education Log detailing the completed 27.5 approved continuing education hours (at least 50% of them from the Safe & Together Institute) at least 2 months prior to the trainer’s certification expiration date
- Maintain ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ training evaluations
- Take and pass the trainer recertification test and pass with 80%+
- Pay recertification fee of $500USD
The Safe & Together Institute is dedicated to providing continual opportunities for certified trainers and faculty to learn and engage with advanced material. Trainers can reference the current Continuing Education Course Catalog to access continuing education opportunities.
Safe & Together Certified Trainers are encouraged to continue supporting systems change by become credentialed for additional training curriculum. We are committed to providing tools to efficiently and effectively impact their systems in a positive manner for better outcomes for families as well as for workers. Issues such as worker safety and intersectionalities of Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Addiction create complex challenges which need to be addressed in order for systems to truly become domestic violence competent. These advanced Safe & Together Principles and certifications are available for Safe & Together Certified Trainers to assist in deepening their and their agencies understanding of how to apply the Model in complex situations.
Current Credential Opportunities for Certified Trainers:
- 2- and 3-day Supervisor Training Curriculum Credential
- Supervisor Training Credential (e-course)
- 2-day Intersections Training Credential
- 2-day Partnering Training Credential
Become a Partner Agency
Becoming a Partner Agency is an excellent step for agencies interested in increasing their efforts toward domestic violence-informed proficiency by helping
to keep families safe and together through the application of the Safe & Together Model. We are looking for agencies with demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for families impacted by domestic violence perpetrators, developing and implementing a plan to change their organisation and/or system, and see the Safe & Together Model training and tools as a critical support to achieving their goals.
As a Safe & Together Partner Agency you have access to our global brand and vital materials needed. Safe & Together will provide you with all the materials needed to deliver the training including trainer manuals, handouts, videos as well as:
- Full online support for training registrations including co-branded event pages
- Advertisements for your training and links to your agency on our website plus other marketing materials
- Regular curriculum updates
Safe & Together Institute offers multiple levels of progressive training centered around domestic violence-informed practice with the goal of supporting organizational and systems change. The training courses are focused on skills development that will improve individuals’ professional practice with the goal to inform organizational and systems change toward more domestic violence-informed communities. New Certified Trainers learn how to deliver our foundational CORE (4 day) and Overview (1 day) training as part of their initial certification process. This is the starting point for a Partner Agency. Subsequent credentials allow the trainer to deliver more advanced training like Safe & Together for Supervisors that increases the capacity of the agency to support organizational change.
Becoming a Safe & Together Partner agency allows for agencies to cost effectively train their workers in the Safe & Together Model. It also allows agencies to generate revenue by delivering Safe & Together trainings to other agencies. A service agreement which outlines the scope of the agreement lays out the Financial and Legal agreements between Safe & Together and your agency.
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.
We know how important it is for our clients to see reliable results and improved practices in order to tell a story of change and to support sustainability.
The Safe & Together Institute partners with Michigan State University (MSU) Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence for data collection and analysis. The MSU evaluation unit helps S&TI evaluate our work in different locations to determine its effectiveness for systems and families.
Our research is organized into “levels,” using the Kirkpatrick Model, encompassing reaction, learning, behavior and results. At Level 1, participants are questioned about increased confidence, practice skills learned and hopes for changing practice.
Level II, participants are measured both on their pre-existing knowledge related to the Safe & Together™ Model and domestic violence-informed practice then upon completion of the CORE Training, of their acquired knowledge.
Level III surveys participants at regular intervals regarding how well they were able to transfer their knowledge into practice, to implementation of the Model and to address barriers.
All Partner Agencies receive Kirkpatrick Level I, II, and III evaluative data as a result of the trainings completed by their Certified Trainer.
A critical aspect of the TCP is the implementation support that the Safe & Together Institute offers to a Partner Agency. In our theory of change, Partner Agencies are key drivers of improved outcomes for systems and families. Our success depends on your success. Much of this support is built into the existing TCP structure which means it is included in the TCP Service Agreement. Partner Agencies have access to implementation planning meetings with the Safe & Together Institute leadership; Partner Agency and Certified Trainer specific sessions at our conferences, discounted access to e-learning for their staff and their partner agencies; localization of curricula; access to global data on the Model; the “Partnered with a Survivor” podcast to share with families and colleagues; supporting white paper and other literature on the Model and related topics; participation in a global community of Partner Agencies and Certified Trainers and more. In addition, the Safe & Together Institute offers other tools like its organisational assessment, posters and other communication tools, and palm cards to guide practice in the field. We are constantly working on updating and expanding our catalog of materials and resources.
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 $1650.00 USD plus materials and venue costs. The fee to become a Partner Agency is $500.00USD.
- 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.
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