Building Competence and Resilience in Children and Parents: The Advocate as Change Agent

Group of advocates standingA NEW IN-PERSON TRAINING CURRICULUM!

Developed by:
Child Witness to Violence Project / Boston Medical Center in partnership with Futures Without Violence
Advocates who work with parents and children affected by domestic violence play an essential role in supporting them to move beyond their experiences with violence. The foundation for this curriculum is rooted in the power of relationships as essential to healing: the child-parent relationship and the advocate-parent-child relationship. The goal of this two day in-person training is to improve advocates’ skills in supporting and deepening these essential relationships. This curriculum builds upon the publication, “Sixteen Evidence-Based Recommendations for Advocates working with Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence,” published by Futures Without Violence. In this curriculum, these principles are operationalized as strategies, interventions and activities for use with children and their parents. This interactive, skills-based, two day in-person training is organized into 7 modules that can be used together or separately.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this training, advocates will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of reflective practice to ground their work and promote self care
  2. Identify the connections between exposure to IPV and healthy child development
  3. Explain how a child’s healthy development and relationships with others can pro-mote resilience
  4. Identify the elements of caring environments that foster positive communication between children and parents
  5. Gain skills in identifying and managing a child’s trauma-related behaviors
  6. Incorporate cultural sensitivity as a means of promoting child and family resili-ence
  7. Promote parenting skills, competence, and self care


  1. Engaging in Reflective Practice & Maintaining Resilience in our Professional Lives (Part 1)
  2. Supporting the Child-Parent Relationship
  3. The Basics: Essential Findings from Theory and Research
  4. Creating Healing Environments for Children and Parents
  5. Supporting the Parent
  6. Supporting Children’s Healing
  7. Engaging in Reflective Practice & Maintaining Resilience in our Professional Lives (Part 2)

For more information about this training Contact Futures Without Violence