MNADV Offers a Wide Array of Trainings

Training Library

MNADV offers individual trainings on a wide variety of topics in addition to our Comprehensive Domestic Violence Training. Listed below are training topics that can be requested from MNADV.

This training will help you to understand the biological basis for Adverse Child Experiences (ACES). It will also explain the key elements of the ACE score. The training also highlights the connection between ACES and domestic violence and provides suggestions for how to foster resiliency among those with high ACES scores.

This training explains the differences between hearing and listening and defines active listening along with its goals. It explores the concept of empathy and relates it to active listening and allows for participants to practice their skills.

This training reviews the confidentiality requirements under federal grants such as those provided by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). It explains best practices for sharing confidential information and provides the opportunity to devise an action plan for your organization.

This training explains how to assess needs in difficult situations and utilize de-escalation techniques. You will also learn about different types of advocacy during which crisis intervention might be needed and how to use your crisis intervention skills in court, hospital, and law enforcement interview accompaniment.

This training provides information on verbal de-escalation tactics designed to keep you safe when working in a potentially dangerous situation. The training also explores concepts of listening, body language, personal space, and vocal tone and their importance to de-escalation.

This training explores the history of domestic violence and the feminist movement through the lens of intersectionality. It explains common dynamics and tactics domestic violence abusers use to maintain power and control. You will also learn how to dismantle myths about domestic violence and best practices for providing advocacy.

This training will explain ethics and their importance when working with survivors of intimate partner violence. You will learn how to assess boundaries and make ethical considerations for working with survivors. The training also provides an opportunity to assess situations to determine the ethical considerations and how to maintain boundaries.

This training defines crisis and the goals of hotline crisis intervention through a trauma-informed approach. It explains how to assess for crisis and helps you to understand the process of hotline intervention and the role culture plays in the process. It also provides the opportunity for you to practice hotline skills.

This training explains what safety planning is and describes its basic characteristics. It also illustrates the importance of survivor-centered safety planning. You will have an opportunity to evaluate a safety plan for effectiveness and consider your own organization’s needs in safety planning.

This training provides information on best practices for screening for domestic violence in medical settings. It also teaches different screening techniques. You will learn how to respond if someone “screens in” and what are the appropriate resources to provide for survivors you discover during the screening process.

This training explains the difference between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. It provides ideas for how to mitigate them and find a way to better care for yourself. You will have an opportunity to begin creating an ongoing personal self-care plan that you can use after the training.

This training demonstrates how abusers use technology to further control survivors. It provides information for how survivors can be safer with technology and offers an opportunity to practice technology safety planning techniques.

This training explains basics on the neurobiology of trauma (for a more in-depth training on neurobiology, see our “Trauma and the Brain” training, listed below). It provides best practices for providing trauma-informed care, touching on techniques of crisis intervention and de-escalation. You will have an opportunity to share ideas for providing trauma-informed care with others in the training.

This training defines trauma and explains its effects. It explores how life experiences, development, and genetics shape our brains. You will learn the different responses to stress and identify ways to respond to victims of trauma that recognizes the neurobiological effects they have undergone.

Topics Based on Unserved, Underserved, and Inadequately Served Populations

Domestic survivors from unserved, underserved, and inadequately served populations face specific challenges and have different needs. They face barriers other survivors do not and often need specialized resources. MNADV provides training on working with the following special populations.

This training examines the impact of domestic violence on children and the family, and identifies best practices for working with these children. You will also explore safety planning for children in domestic violence situations.

This training focuses on the specific dynamics of domestic violence among people aged 50 and up. It identifies different types of elder abuse, explains tactics abusers use against elders, and identifies barriers older adults face when seeking services. You will also learn how to adapt safety plans to the needs of elders.

This training explores the ways in which abusive partners manipulate faith to perpetuate abuse. You will analyze the role of the faith community in ending intimate partner violence and identify best practices for advocacy.

This training explores general issues for serving survivors of domestic violence who come from unserved, underserved, and inadequately served populations. It provides a basic survey of the intersections of race, ethnicity, culture, age, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation with domestic violence response. The training also provides resources for additional information about working with these vulnerable communities.

This training examines anti-oppression from the perspective of gender and sexual orientation. It provides information on the lesbian, gay, and bisexual – transgender and gender non-conforming (LGB-TGNC) community and explores the differences among gender and sexual orientation as identities. You will learn how to identify and help remove barriers to services and practice language and terms necessary to serve LGB-TGNC survivors of domestic violence in a safe manner. The training also identifies best practices for serving members of the LGB-TGNC community.

This training defines systems of oppression and examines various forms of privilege and power. You will discuss the importance of intersectionality and a culturally-sensitive approach for working with members of marginalized communities who are domestic violence survivors. The training provides information on how to incorporate an anti-oppression framework into your work and identifies best practices for allyship and advocacy.

Request a Topic-Based Training

To request a training on any of the topics outlined above, submit a training request via the link below. In the comments box, be sure to indicate the topic area on which you would like to receive training.