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: focuses on basic concepts and performing initial assessments.
Core Day 2: focuses on interviewing skills.
Core Day 3: focuses on practice tools and case documentation.
Core Day 4: focuses on safety planning and interventions.
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.