Safe & Together Institute Virtual Academy: Domestic Violence-Informed Distance Learning

Virtual, Safe, Effective

Virtual CORE Training

During this time of crisis, adapting our work with families impacted by perpetrators’ behaviors is a critical task.  There is every reason to believe that the COVID-19 outbreak and the stresses of the social responses will only compound the risk and safety issues related to domestic violence. In this environment, domestic violence-informed practice is a necessity, not a luxury. In order to facilitate learning during a period when social distancing is interfering in person learning, our Virtual CORE delivers crucial learning around assessment, interviewing, documentation and case planning. The course, which covers the same material as the in-person CORE, uses videos of live training delivered by Safe & Together Model creator, David Mandel, and Heidi Rankin, one of the Institute’s Associate Directors. It includes the same pre and post tests. In addition to the interactivity of the exercises the course offers moderated discussions with a Safe & Together Institute instructor and classmates from around the globe.

The Safe & Together Institute, an international leader in distance learning in the domestic abuse and welfare fields, is proud to announce the launch of its Virtual Academy. With the goal of supporting domestic violence-informed practice and organizational change in this time of uncertainty, we are dramatically expanding our ability to teach, train and build community online. Using a powerful yet intuitive platform, our Virtual Academy connects learners all over the world with many familiar social media functions and a wider catalog of courses including those specific to COVID-19 and domestic abuse and virtual working.

Developed in conjunction with Kempe Innovative Design, a leader in online learning for child welfare audiences, Safe & Together Institute E-Courses bring the Safe & Together™ Model to you anytime, anywhere. Using reality-based scenarios and interactive practice activities, e-courses are designed to be “standalone” or as part of a wider implementation of domestic violence-informed systems change.

Why E-Learning Courses?

  • Cost Effective Learning – No travel time and less time away from work
  • Personalized Learning – Take the course where and when you want, in lengths that are best for your learning style
  • Consistency – Each learner is exposed to the same material
  • Measurability – Pre and post knowledge tests allow the agency to measure learning
  • Leverage In-Person Training Efforts – Pair e-learning courses with Safe & Together Institute in-person training
  • Other Benefits – Earn social work CEs (pending) as well as credits toward Safe & Together Institute certifications

Online courses are for those in child welfare; domestic violence advocates; mental health, substance abuse and other community service providers; batterer intervention or men’s behavior change staff; court and legal personnel; law enforcement; health and home visitors and others who work with families impacted by domestic violence.

Please contact us if you would like to take an e-course!

Cost & Access

Each e-course is $50 USD, and is worth 2 credit hours. Membership discounts are 5% off of individual purchases. Bulk discounts are available for large purchases.

E-Course Descriptions

The Safe & Together™ Model is an internationally recognized suite of tools and interventions designed to help child welfare and their partners become domestic violence-informed. It is used in multiple states across the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and Asia.

Safe & Together: An Introduction to the Model

Children are best served when we can work toward keeping them safe and together with the non-offending parent (the adult domestic violence survivor). The Model provides a framework for partnering with domestic violence survivors and intervening with domestic violence perpetrators in order to enhance the safety and well-being of children.

Multiple Pathways to Harm: A Comprehensive Assessment Framework

This e-course provides an introduction to the Safe & Together Model’s Multiple Pathways to Harm assessment and critical thinking framework. The course provides tools to apply a comprehensive assessment lens to the impact of domestic violence perpetrator behaviors on child and family functioning. This approach sets high standards for men as parents, engagement standards for men of diverse backgrounds and teaches how to partner with adult survivors.

Working with Men as Parents: Fathers’ Parenting Choices Matter

If we want to work with families, we cannot just work with women and children. We need to be able to work with men — from all types of families, especially poor and historically oppressed communities. We need to approach fathers with high expectations, and the willingness to learn new approaches and practices. Understanding male parental development and how men’s choices and behaviors impact child and family functioning is critical. Throughout the e-course, we highlight specific connections to the Safe & Together™ Model Principles, Critical Components, Multiple Pathways to Harm and Practice Tools.

Intersections: When Domestic Violence Perpetration, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Meet

Many families impacted by domestic violence perpetrators’ behaviors have multiple, complex, intersecting issues. In the past, we might have referred to these as co-occurring issues. But the language of co-occurrence often doesn’t provide us with a sense of how these issues interact. For example, listing the family’s issues is not as powerful as explaining how the domestic violence perpetrator interfered with his partner’s recovery. Listing that the family has experienced both domestic violence and child behavioral health issues is not as useful as describing how the perpetrator’s violence has produced anxiety and aggression in the children. Using an intersections framework, versus a co-occurrence framework, we increase perpetrator accountability, improve our ability to diagnosis and treat each member of the family, and improve our ability to help the adult and children survivors. This course will provide guidance on how to understand the connections, or intersections, and make them work for us in our practice.

Supervisor Training Credential

Registration opens April 1 for this new online course! As part of the Safe & Together™ Trainer Certification Program, add to your repertoire of training courses you can deliver. This is our first Credential offering (and we are just getting started!), so take your distance learning to the next level. The Supervisor e-course allows Certified Trainers (and faculty) the opportunity to earn a “Credential” to deliver the 2- and 3-day Supervisor training curriculum. Read More.

Webinar-based courses

In the very near future the Safe & Together Institute Virtual Academy will be offering on live, free webinars practice-related webinars to help agencies and communities respond as best possible to the COVID-19 epidemic. Drawing our global network of Safe & Together trained faculty, Certified trainers and practitioners will be offering courses on child welfare practice, women sector work and other courses that will examine, in real-time, the nature of domestic violence dynamics during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the lived experience of practitioners on the frontline of the response. These webinars will be recorded and available for free in our Virtual Academy. Watch this space for offerings that will be posted soon. 

New Domestic Violence-informed Practice Courses

We are working hard to add new courses to our Virtual Academy courses. What to expect to add in the near future:

  • Worker safety in domestic abuse cases: This course will feature David Mandel talking about how to identify and respond to worker safety issues.

Coming Soon

  • Intersections and Intersectionalities: Domestic Violence-Informed Practice with Real Families
  • Creating Domestic Violence-Informed Systems: Introduction to Domestic Violence Continuum of Practice