Advocacy for Parent and Child Survivors

Trauma-Informed Approaches: Skills to Support Parents and Youth in Shelter (APCS102)

This training was designed to foster hope and enhance advocates' understanding of how domestic violence has caused fractures in relationships. We discovered 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. Participants joined in this 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. This online learning module should be completed through the Online Learning Academy before this training.
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches: Skills to Support Parents and Youth
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever