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(Cancelled) Intermediate: Unteaching & Unlearning the Ways of Domestic Violence (Virtual)
Monday, June 17, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
Category: Training

This training has been cancelled

Unteaching & Unlearning the Ways of Domestic Violence: Intermediate 

Description: This course will build on the Fundamental course material by exploring how to screen for domestic violence and effectively engage both adult survivors of abuse and their perpetrators while working towards child safety and well-being. Learners will be given tools to help them partner with survivors and engage perpetrators in a change effort, as well as receive introduction to a variety of strategies for planning for child safety and evaluating effective change. Participants will also explore how they can explain the services they provide to survivors of domestic violence and engage in appropriate referral to local domestic violence service agencies.

Intended Audience: Family Centered Services worker (FCS), Recruitment/Retention Training Support workers, Residential workers (QRTP, Shelter, and Supervised Apartment Living (SAL)); Direct Care/Front-Line Staff, Supervisors; Beginner staff (less than 1-2 years of experience), refresher for experienced staff

  • Screening Tools: Learn how to ask screening questions (framing, direct and indirect inquiries), using standardized questions, and following policies and ethics guidelines.
  • Partnering with Survivors: Employ a strengths-based approach with questions and support strategies that focus on safety, healing, stability, and nurturing for families.
  • Engaging Perpetrators: Understand the importance of engaging perpetrators, discuss the impact on children, and learn interviewing tips, strategies for approach, goal setting, and change evaluation.
  • Safety Planning: Develop safety plans tailored for children and survivors.
  • Services: Explain available services to survivors, assess and address referrals to outside resources, perform warm handoffs, and review available resources.
Virtual - Zoom
Trainer: Angela Sujullie - Mom of 2 teens, 4 cats, and 5 dogs. I am a survivor. The abuse I experienced and witnessed growing up led me to think that the toxic and abusive patterns in my adult relationships were normal. As an adult, I found myself in relationships where I was experiencing domestic violence. Once I learned I didn’t have to endure domestic violence, I grew and healed. The freedom and empowerment I found in healing ignited a passion for empowering others.

Professionally, I have served as a Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Court Advocate and a Domestic Violence Case Manager in New Mexico, as well as a Victims Advocate at the Children and Families of Iowa shelter in Des Moines. I believe that through building awareness about what abuse looks like, how it can affect all of us, and the kinds support and resources are out there, any victim can become a survivor, all survivors can find their voice, and we can break the cycle.

Registration will begin at 5:30 PM. Training will start promptly at 6:00 PM.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contract, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on hours attended. For more information, please click here.

If you have questions regarding seating for the training or if you are unable to participate for any reason, please contact us at [email protected].


Contact: For more information contact us at [email protected]