Trauma-Informed Approaches: Skills to Support Youth and Parents in Shelter

ODVN is challenging all advocates and supervisors working in a shelter to participate in this training designed to foster hope and enhance advocates’ understanding of how domestic violence has caused fractures in relationships. You will discover ways of approaching youth and parents with a new perspective of how residing in a shelter can be safer, but not always “emotionally safe” for youth and parents who survived a batterer as a partner/parent.

It is ethical to learn how to support families holistically. Yet, often as domestic violence programs, we are ill-equipped in our training and service design to help in a trauma-informed manner, leaving us to possibly cause secondary harm to parents and children within our services. Join in a candid dialogue about the difficulties of working in a shelter and the amazing opportunities to create space for families to bond with each other after the fractures occurred from the abuser’s harm.

Note: This is an advanced skills training with a prerequisite of completing a 30-minute online learning module titled Supporting Adult Survivors as Parents in Domestic Violence Programming. After you’ve registered, you’ll receive a link to the online learning module. This online learning module should be completed before this training.

ODVN Trainer: Sonia Ferencik, LISW-S, RA, Youth Advocacy & Trauma-Informed Services Coordinator

CEUs: To obtain 3 CEUs, you are required to attend the entire training and complete the evaluation. When you go to register, please include your complete license number if you are a licensed counselor or social worker in Ohio.

Deadline to Register: March 28th, 2022

American Sign Language interpreters will be available.

Upon registering, you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you have not, please contact the Training Team at training@odvn.org.


Mar 31 2022


1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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