Top Webinars

The ACE Study Measuring Childhood Trauma Exposure and Working to Change the Ending

Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-principal investigator for the nationally known Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and Casey Gwinn, President of Alliance for HOPE International, present on the ACE Study including its findings and implications for policy and practice in domestic violence, sexual assault, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare programs across America.  Casey Gwinn also highlights components of Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma, his new book on the ACE Study and strategies for professionals, parents, and others working with children exposed to trauma.  Dr. Felitti and Casey Gwinn challenge all participants to integrate the ACE Study and related promising and best practices in daily practice and programs in Family Justice Centers, multi-agency collaboratives, and other programs focused on working with adults and children exposed to childhood trauma and abuse.

From Risk Assessment to Health Advocacy

This session gives participants background and instruction on how to administer the Danger Assessment (DA) tool to victim/survivors, the weighted scoring for the DA, the resulting levels of Danger and what kinds of safety strategies might be recommended at each level. Participants will be eligible for certification in the DA at the completion of the session and will receive directions on how to obtain and use the certification. The Alliance team will then premiere the release of the Health Services Toolkit, which was based on the use of the DA and developed to help FJCs assess health needs, integrate health services into their Centers, and expand partnerships with the medical community. This webinar is ideal for advocates, medical professionals, and multi-agency domestic violence organizations looking to bring a lens of health and wellness to their work and programs.

Working with People not Problems Supporting Wellbeing in Family Justice Centers

Alliance for HOPE International is pleased to host a webinar on presented by the Full Frame Initiative (FFI). FFI has discovered the most effective social services are those that focus not on responding to problems, crisis response and reducing harm but instead on supporting people to achieve and sustain wellbeing. Many survivors live at the intersection of multiple forms of violence and poverty, and yet they are more than the trauma they have experienced and success often means more than just safety through separation and services. Presenters will share two foundational pieces to supporting wellbeing: 1. the evidence-informed Five Domains of Wellbeing framework, and 2. identifying and minimizing tradeoffs that create barriers to long-term wellbeing and success.

Financial Literacy Training

Judge Mann, a  member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, presents on Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program. This webinar discusses important financial literacy lessons, tactics and techniques on how to use credit wisely, avoid credit card debt and understand the consequences of leading a debt-filled rather than a debt-free life. We encourage survivors, advocates, and front line staff to attend this webinar to better understand and create financial literacy programs.

Part #1: Introduction to the Blue Shield Project – Evaluating Family Justice Centers

Presented by: Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack
• Understand the CFJI HOPE Theory Project
• Discuss the framework for the implementation of this initiative
• Discuss Evaluation as twofold:
o Organizational Processes: including policies, procedures, and intake
o Survivor Outcomes: Engagement, VOICES Committees, and long-term case management
• Explain Survivor Defined Success outcome measurements.

Part #2 Introduction of Hope Theory – Evaluating Family Justice Centers

Presented by: Chan Hellman and Casey Gwinn
• Understand Hope Theory
• Discuss its history
• Discuss the literature around Hope Theory and its outcomes

Part #3  Implementing Survivor Defined Success and Hope Theory into Family Justice Centers – Evaluating Family Justice Centers

Presented by: Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman
• Examine implementation in Family Justice Centers
• Methodology
• Benefits and Challenges
• Things to consider
• Next steps
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Working with Elder Abuse Clients  How a Family Justice Center Can Help

Presented by:
Dean Hawley, MD and Candace Heisler, JD

This workshop about elder abuse will present fundamentals of definition and causation, including domestic violence in later life, from the viewpoint of multidisciplinary team intervention and victim services. Applying the concept of co-located family justice services, we will explore the various presentations of elder abuse in communities, including the roles of investigative agencies and service providers. We will also explore the complexities of confidentiality that advocates face when working with older abused clients.

Power and Control Wheel for Latina Survivors

Power and control issues are at the core of intimate partner violence. There are a variety of ways that abusers use power and control over their victims, and the Power and Control Wheel is a tool frequently used to illustrate the different dimensions of domestic violence.

For Latinas and other survivors in immigrant communities, power and control by the abuser is amplified because of racism, lack of legal residency or citizenship status, language barriers, fear of losing employment, and custody issues surrounding their children.

This webinar will discuss these issues and present personal stories from Latina survivors as they share how they navigated to safety and healing without legal status in the United States.

Domestic Violence 101: Understanding the Experience of Survivors

Using the Power and Control Wheel developed by Ellen Pence and Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack will interview survivors from the National Family Justice Center Alliance VOICES Committee about their experiences with their abusers. This practical seminar will help police officers, prosecutors, and advocates in learning how to use the Power and Control Wheel to interview victims of domestic violence, strangulation, and spousal sexual assault.