Training Curriculum

Here are a few key Resources:

  • The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health offers foundational training and consultation for domestic violence (DV) programs and mental health clinicians working with children and families affected by DV and other trauma. Children Exposed to Domestic Violence provides advocates with a trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive framework for working with children and their non-offending parents.  Contact Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW, Child Trauma Training Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health at (312) 726-7020 x2015 or
  • Don’t Hit My Mommy! A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy With Young Witnesses of Family Violence, written by Alicia F. Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn  2005. This practical handbook offers treatment guidelines to address the behavioral and mental health problems of young children whose most intimate relationships are disrupted by the experience of violence. Practitioners from a variety of disciplines will gain an understanding of the impact of violence and will discover concrete intervention strategies to address the consequences of this experience for young children.
  • Honor Our Voices is a unique online learning module providing you with the opportunity to see domestic violence through the eyes and voices of children. The purpose of this learning module is to create a multi-pronged response to increase the awareness and sensitivity of shelter advocates and other social service providers to the needs of children and suggest promising ways of enhancing services for children exposed to domestic violence.
  • New Advocate Training Guide WI. This guide offers an introduction to the basic knowledge and skills, divided by topics, that are important for children and youth (CY) advocates in Wisconsin domestic violence programs. The guide is divided into two sections. The “Knowledge” section includes topics that children and youth advocates should be familiar with. These topics are arranged in approximate order of their importance to the job of CY advocate. The “Skills” section includes skills needed to do the job.

Other National Organizations with training curriculum: