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

Virtual, Safe, Effective, Learning and Community: Free Global Practice Community

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WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY?

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.

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. Watch the video.

The Virtual Academy includes training, courses, webinars, private social media communities, private /invite-only chat rooms, podcasts, and a library of resource materials.

Foundational Practice Courses

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 diagnose 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.

Safe & Together Model Supervisors and Managers

Domestic violence is one of the most challenging case issues facing child welfare and other family service agencies. Handling it well requires skills, confidence and knowledge. Supervising workers in a domestic violence-related practice is one way to make sure employees have the support and guidance they need when working with adult and child survivors, intervening with perpetrators, and managing safety for themselves and the family. In this interactive e-course, supervisors and managers learn key skills to help their workers apply a perpetrator pattern-based approach to casework.

Worker Safety and Domestic Violence in Child Welfare Systems 

This training is designed to help you think critically about how the child welfare system can support workers’ safety, the connections between workers’ safety and effective practice with families and how to create an agency environment that promotes open dialogue about worker safety concerns and strategies for overcoming them.

Coming Soon:

  • Partnering

 


Comprehensive Practice Courses

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.

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.


Specialized Courses

Perpetrator pattern-based assessments in a time of pandemic webinar: Using the Safe & Together Model’s COVID-19 Quick Guide and Danger Checklist, David Mandel will explore how to apply the Safe & Together Model in the current context.

Keeping children safe, but without the office: How to Zoom for Social Workers webinar: In this webinar, Associate Director, Kyle Pinto, will go over the basics of using Zoom for hosting virtual meetings and share tips and tricks he has used in his case consultation with international child protection agencies.

Blended Practice Bundles are a package of a curated combination of our high-quality e-courses with targeted, live sessions facilitated by expert staff and faculty. Each course package contains foundational self-paced practice training and live video discussion sessions on the application of specific Safe & Together Model concepts and skills, considers complexity including intersections and intersectionalities, and is focused on equipping learners for more domestic violence-informed practice.

Making the Right Call: Domestic Violence Screening for Child Welfare – During times of stress on child welfare systems, intake, screening and assessment play an even more critical role. In this training package, we combine two self-based courses with three 90-minute instructor-led practice sessions on how to apply the Safe & Together Model to make the best decisions possible around identifying the risk of domestic violence perpetrators to children. Cost: $300USD. READ MORE.

 

Supporting and Advocating for Child Welfare-involved Clients – Child welfare agencies have been looking at domestic violence survivors through a “failure to protect” lens which blames them for the behaviors of the perpetrator. The Safe & Together Model is helping child welfare systems change to a perpetrator pattern-based approach. Advocates can use elements of this same Model to improve their advocacy for their clients who are involved with child welfare and promote systems change. In this package, we combine two self-paced modules with three 90-minute instructor-led practice sessions to advocates and women sector workers advocate for their clients’ parenting strengths and pivot the system’s attention back to the perpetrator as a parent. Cost: $300USD. READ MORE.

 

Fathers’ Choices Matter: Using a Behavioral Focus for Work with Perpetrators as Parents – Intervening with perpetrators of domestic violence is central to improving safety and well being for children and families. At the same time, it is one of the most challenging areas of our work. Domestic violence-informed practice rests on the simple notion that male caregivers’ behaviors and choices matter to child and family functioning.  In this package, two (2) introductory practice courses and three (3) 90-minute instructor-led practice sessions will help participants better understand working with male caregivers and how to effectively apply a perpetrator pattern-based approach to creating and measuring behavioral focus plans with perpetrators. Cost: $300USD. READ MORE.

Virtual Events are fully online events hosted inside an online classroom. Includes resource downloads, live video training sessions and interaction with experienced Safe & Together Institute faculty and staff.

Live Remote Practice Training is fully online training hosted inside an online classroom. Includes resource downloads, live video training sessions and interaction with experienced Safe & Together Institute faculty and staff.

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Webinars

Perpetrator pattern-based assessments in a time of pandemic webinar: Using the Safe & Together Model’s COVID-19 Quick Guide and Danger Checklist, David Mandel will explore how to apply the Safe & Together Model in the current context.

Keeping children safe, but without the office: How to Zoom for Social Workers webinar: In this webinar, Associate Director, Kyle Pinto, will go over the basics of using Zoom for hosting virtual meetings and share tips and tricks he has used in his case consultation with international child protection agencies.

What Faith Leaders Need to Know About Domestic Violence: Faith leaders can play a vital role in the safety, well-being, and nurturance of adult and child victims. But research shows that many victims are hesitant to speak to pastors and other religious leaders about abuse, and a certain percentage report that disclosure to a faith leader did not result in assistance but in prolonged trauma and even danger. Presented in partnership with the Hartford Seminary, David Mandel and Ruth Stearns Mandel of the Safe and Together Institute in Canton, CT, speak on how faith leaders can best be allies to those living with domestic violence, coercive control, and child abuse. This is done by partnering with victims and survivors and holding those who choose to abuse accountable for their behaviors and how those behaviors harm their families. Together they walk through principles and strategies, best practices, how to identify danger, engage victims in a positive and non-victim-blaming way, which paves the way for partnership, accountability, increased safety, healing, and nurturance.

Choose to Change: A Campaign Focused on Men Who Choose Violence: Join David Mandel, Executive Director and Founder of the Safe and Together Institute as he presents the ‘Choose to Change: Your Behavior, Your Choice’ Campaign Materials.  During a time when communities are exploring how to offer more community-based resources to prevent domestic violence, these free resources are aimed at men who choose violence, professionals who work with them and their family and friends.

Remote Engagement & Assessment In Child Welfare Domestic Violence Cases: What is best practice in domestic violence cases when in-person contact between practitioners and families is limited? This 90-minute webinar will include practice suggestions around family networks, scripts for engagement, and how to improve the use of prior history to fine-tune your approach to families.

Making the Right Call: Domestic Violence Screening for Child Welfare webinar: Join David Mandel Executive Director and Founder of the Safe and Together Institute as he explores how to use the Safe & Together Model to identify risk in domestic violence cases.
North American Registration: September 10: 11:00 am EDT
UK/EU Registration: September 10: 4 pm BST London Time
Asia Pacific Registration: September 10: 9 am Perth/11 am Melbourne

Practice Support Groups

Shared learning and support are two of the ways we are stronger in this time of crisis. Our weekly Virtual Support Groups – one for practitioners and one for leaders – are bringing together dozens of professionals from diverse sectors from all over the globe. This allows us to compile, in real-time, observations and practice tips in this rapidly changing environment. These practice tip sheets will be updated regularly with new learnings.

Asia Pacific Virtual Support Groups
North America Virtual Support Groups
Europe/UK Virtual Support Groups
North America / Europe Virtual Leadership Support Groups
Asia Pacific Virtual Leadership Support Groups

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 diagnose 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.

 

Coming Soon:

  • Partnering
  • Worker Safety

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 posttests. 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.

Supervisor and Manager Training + 4-Day CORE Training Bundle

Domestic violence is one of the most challenging case issues facing child welfare and other family service agencies. Handling it well requires skills, confidence and knowledge. Supervising workers in a domestic violence-related practice is one way to make sure employees have the support and guidance they need when working with adult and child survivors, intervening with perpetrators, and managing safety for themselves and the family. In this bundle, supervisors and managers learn key skills to help their workers apply a perpetrator pattern-based approach to casework and supervision.

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.

Perpetrator pattern-based assessments in a time of pandemic: Using the Safe & Together Model’s COVID-19 Quick Guide and Danger Checklist, David Mandel will explore how to apply the Safe & Together Model in the current context.

Keeping children safe, but without the office: How to Zoom for Social Workers: In this course, Associate Director, Kyle Pinto, will go over the basics of using Zoom for hosting virtual meetings and share tips and tricks he has used in his case consultation with international child protection agencies.

Supervisor Training Credential

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.

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.

Cost & Access
Membership discounts are 5% off of individual purchases. Bulk discounts are available for large purchases. Contact Us for Bulk Purchases