The Action Alliance provides Trainings on Request (TOR) to our members and allied organizations with adapted and specialized curriculum to meet their unique needs. We can design these trainings for your space and deliver them in your community, or provide training through a virtual platform. Like all the trainings we provide, TORs are interactive and collaborative. So that we may create trainings that meet organizations’ specific needs, please try to give us 30 days’ notice when requesting a training. TORs may be delivered by Action Alliance staff or Training Institute Faculty members. 

Please note, in practicing community care to reduce opportunities for exposure to COVID-19, requests for training large audiences in person will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

TOR Rates are as follows:
(Rates may be negotiable for members, partner agencies, or community organizations. Please reach out to discuss.)

  • $100 per hour- includes training time, time for curriculum development, and time for facilitator preparation
  • $800 for a full day of in person training (6 hours, this includes time for lunch)
  • $600 for a full day of virtual training (5 hours, this includes time for lunch)
  • Members get one free, full day training yearly. Members may additionally request 1 full day in person training and 2 virtual trainings per year selected from our list of prepackaged trainings based on agency availability.

The Action Alliance Training Institute offers in person and virtual training sessions throughout the year on a variety of topics, many of which are at minimal to no cost. Please check our Training Calendar to see what is available. 

Action Alliance staff also provide free and timely Technical Assistance (TA). TA comes in the form of phone calls, virtual meetings, or site visits to help people have the information, resources, and support they need to serve and be accountable to sexual and domestic violence survivors. If you are interested in TA, please check out https://vsdvalliance.org/build-skills/request-technical-assistance/

Please fill out the form below to request a training. Please to make sure to give as much notice as possible. (ToR’s within two weeks may not be able to be accommodated.) A staff member will get back to you within three business days (check your spam folder for emails from training@vsdvalliance.org). Member agencies and statewide partners aligned with our vision and mission will be prioritized in our schedule. However, all requests are welcome. If we are unable to meet your request, we will do our best to provide an alternative option to meet your training needs. 

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Here is just a sample of a few of our prepackaged trainings:

DO YOU: Building Youth Resilience Through Creative Expression is a primary prevention strategy to address teen dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying by promoting positive youth development and healthy relationships. This training is designed for adult facilitators and teen mentors (who are peer facilitators) interested in implementing DO YOU in their communities. This comprehensive training will equip you with all materials and experience necessary to successfully implement the 10-session DO YOU program locally with small groups of teens ages 13-16. In order to attend this training, participants must have been through a SV/IPV prevention training (i.e., Principles of Primary Prevention or an equivalent).

Reproductive Justice is an intersectional framework that understands reproductive health in a full and holistic way. In this training, participants will increase their understanding of this framework and explore the ways that joyful sexuality can connect to prevention and building holistic services for survivors of sexual violence.

Primary prevention programs are focused on reducing or eliminating the first-time perpetration of sexual violence and intimate partner violence (SV/IPV). This means figuring out what factors make some people more at-risk to perpetrate SV/IPV, and changing or interrupting those factors. This training delves into the key concepts underlying this innovative work, highlights promising practices from the field, and includes an overview of Virginia’s Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence used by sexual and domestic violence agencies throughout Virginia and across the country.

Recognizing that all forms of oppression are interconnected, we know that in order to end sexual and domestic violence, we must also work to end racism. This training will examine how institutional and systemic racism create disparities in experiences between survivors of color and survivors who are white (including disparities in access to resources and support following trauma exposure) and why a racial justice lens is integral to trauma-informed advocacy and prevention. Participants will be given specific examples of how the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance has integrated a racial justice lens into aspects of its work to take back to their agencies.

The vast majority of youth referred from school to law enforcement and into the juvenile justice system are survivors of trauma. The justice system typically fails to address, and often deepens, trauma. This 6-hour training will address the connections between trauma and system-involved youth, and will provide participants with a brief “training in a box” to take back to deliver to their local schools and task forces to start conversations about simple steps that schools can take to significantly reduce the number of youth referred to law enforcement by responding to students in more trauma-informed ways.

As the presence of technology increases in our personal and professional lives, advocates and other professionals working with survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence (SV/IPV) benefit from learning to analyze both the risks and benefits of its use. In addition to exploring how technology-based abuse impacts survivors, participants will identify ways they can support survivors in navigating tech systems safely, review best practices in tech safety for organizations, and prepare to integrate tech considerations in their organizations’ daily work. Participants should have a basic understanding of SV/IPV prior to attending this training.

One of the main tenets of trauma-informed advocacy involves respecting and honoring cultural and historical issues. This training is meant to give an overview of how to provide a trauma-informed response to survivors in the African American Community. Participants will look at some of the historical and current barriers to services and ways to implement culturally responsive practices into services and advocacy.

Sexual and domestic violence agencies across the state are using VAdata to track services and manage their grant reporting. This training aims to provide regular VAdata users with information about the multiple different reports in VAdata and hands on experience inputting data. After this training, participants will understand when and how to use the reports in VAdata, how to use and audit queries to retrieve information, how to use reports in grant writing, and how data entry impacts quarterly statistical reports.

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