Thanks to the support of all of our project partners, the Ohio IPV Collaborative is excited to offer county children services agencies trainings based on the national Safe and Together Model.
Safe and Together is a child welfare-based model for addressing domestic violence developed by family safety experts at David Mandel & Associates—now the Safe and Together Institute. The model focuses on perpetrators’ patterns of behaviors, non-offending parents’ protective capacities, and the impact of domestic violence on children. It offers practical tools and techniques that child welfare professionals can apply in their daily work with families. Safe and Together can also be adapted to families with female perpetrators, perpetrators in same-sex relationships, and families of varying cultures, religions, and socioeconomic statuses.
Ohio approved the Safe and Together model for a four-county training pilot in 2010 and has since committed to offering Safe and Together training to all of the state’s child protection agencies. Safe and Together Core Days 1 and 2 count toward State DV training requirements and Ohio Child Welfare Training Program training credit.
Core Training: The Core Training introduces concepts for developing and maintaining a domestic violence informed child welfare system. The Core Training has been designed for agency administrators, supervisors, caseworkers, and select community partners and can be offered for new employees to meet their domestic violence training requirements, as booster trainings for counties with high turnover, and as refresher trainings for veteran staff.
Core Day 1: provides participants with an orientation to the Safe & togethertm CORE practice training design, the model’s cross cutting themes associated with a perpetrator-pattern based approach and domestic violence-informed systems, and assessment techniques associated with domestic violence-informed practice. The session also covers the relevance of domestic violence-informed practice to child welfare professionals, multiple pathways to harm as an approach to assessment and holistic assessment of survivors’ strengths.
Core Day 2: builds upon content from Day 1, introduces participants to the broad themes of domestic violence-informed interviewing, explores participants’ hopes and fears related to interviewing, and introduces domestic violence-informed interviewing approaches for perpetrators, survivors and children.
Core Day 3: builds upon content from Days 1 and 2, introduces domestic violence-informed documentation, introduces the Mapping Perpetrator’s Patterns tool, allows participants to practice using the Mapping tool, differentiating between domestic violence-informed and domestic violence-destructive practice and to connect the ways domestic violence intersects with other issues to assessment.
Core Day 4: reinforces the topics covered in days 1-3, introduces participants to key elements of domestic violence-informed case planning, covers case planning techniques for perpetrators, survivors and children and brings together the concepts from the training into participants’ own case practice into an action plan they can begin enacting immediately.
Supervisor Days 1-2: This 2-day training for administrators and supervisors focuses on supervisory skills such as “pivoting,” coaching, and assessment of workers’ strengths and needs in domestic violence case practice.
Advanced Day on Survivors & their Children: Building on the core training, this day focuses on interviewing, case planning, survivors’ parenting, and providing healing experiences for children.
Advanced Day on Perpetrators & their Children: By focusing on perpetrators as parents, training participants will address perpetrators’ parenting expectations, the needs of their children for healing, and interventions with perpetrators.
Technical Assistance Days: Technical assistance days are designed to provide counties with feedback on case practice, cases, policies, and/or protocols. Trainers and county administrators will discuss creating meaningful and uniquely tailored technical assistance days for each county.
Enhanced Advocacy Day: This day introduces local domestic violence advocates to the Safe and Together model and discusses ways advocates and PCSAs can work together in referrals and service delivery.
Community Partner Day: PCSAs work with courts, law enforcement, service providers, advocates, and others on domestic violence cases. This day is designed for these partners to learn about the Safe and Together Model and discuss with PCSAs how they can collaborate across systems to develop a more perpetrator pattern-based and child-centered approach.