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Special 40th Anniversary Training: 

 History of the Domestic Violence Movement

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island
393 Broad St, Providence, RI 02907
Presented by Deborah DeBare, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Free session


 In honor of our 40th anniversary, The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence will have a special training session to explore the history of the domestic violence movement. The session will be presented by former RICADV Executive Director, Deborah DeBare. Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences with their local organizations' history, have a dialogue about how far the movement has come, and where it is headed. This will be an excellent foundation for advocates and students to learn about the history and philosophical foundation of our work to end domestic violence.

Deborah DeBare is currently the Capacity Technical Assistance Senior Deputy Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Deb served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) from 1995 to 2018 and prior to that, as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County.


Domestic Violence 101

Domestic Violence 101

Friday, August 16, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (lunch provided)
Cost: $30
Location: Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center 
Presenter: Deborah Ferrante - Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center


Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors that one person uses to exert power and control over another in a relationship. Participants will learn about the cycle of violence, barriers to leaving, and available community resources. This core training provides a strong foundation for advocates and community members on how to support victims and help end domestic violence. CEUs will be provided.

Deborah Ferrante is the Manager of Counseling Services at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center. She has been working for the agency since 2003.


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Fundamentals: Essential Facilitation Skills for an Effective Facilitator 
Friday, August 23, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Cost: $30
Location: Warwick Public Library
Presenter: Jennifer West - Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 

This workshop will help you develop critical facilitation skills to effectively guide meetings to reach desired objectives. Through developing productive agendas and focusing on meeting strategies, this session helps teams achieve their organizational goals.

Jennifer West has been the Coastal Training Program Coordinator with the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve since 2005. She is responsible for the development and delivery of training events and technical assistance programs for municipal officials and other decision-maker audiences on topics related to water quality, habitat protection, and climate change.


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Bridges, Barriers, and Boundaries: Ensuring Culturally Competent Care
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Warwick Public Library
Presenter: Robin P. McHaelen, MSW - True Colors Inc.


LGBTQ+ youth and young adults are routinely stigmatized and deprived of support in every major area of life. As a result, they have higher rates of substance abuse, depression, suicide, homelessness, and other at-risk behaviors. This training will assess individual and organizational readiness to effectively serve this population, and develop strategies for providing affirming, culturally competent programs, and services to LGBTQ+ youth and families. CEUs will be provided.

Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She has co-authored two books and several articles on LGBTQ youth and is a nationally recognized thought leader.


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Fundamentals of Working with Domestic Violence Offenders
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
Presenters: Melissa Leahey - R.I. District Court
Emily Daniels - R.I. Department of Corrections


Through this workshop, participants explore victim and offender dynamics in abusive relationships, and how those dynamics affect treatment participation. Trainers will provide an overview of the court process, and new efforts to assess an offender’s lethality risks. CEUs will be provided.

Melissa Leahey currently works for the Rhode Island District Court in the Pretrial Services Unit, responsible for bail supervision for offenders. She has been the Deputy Director of this unit since November 2018.

Emily Daniels is a Probation and Parole Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Emily has worked as a probation officer supervising a caseload of domestic violence offenders since 2007.


sad boy dark edgesTrauma-Informed Practice: Effects of Complex Trauma in the Child Welfare System
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
Presenter: Sarah Kelly-Palmer LICSW - Family Service of Rhode Island


This training focuses on the impact of complex trauma on children and families in the child welfare system and best practices geared toward children and families in child welfare. Through case studies, participants will have the opportunity to apply a trauma-informed approach to their case planning. CEUs will be provided.

Sarah Kelly-Palmer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and serves as Vice President, Trauma and Loss at Family Service of Rhode Island.

Past Training Calendars
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    RICADV Training Calendar Summer Fall 2018


  • Winter/Spring 2018

    RICADV Training Calendar Winter Spring 2018

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    RICADV Training Calendar Summer Fall 2017

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    RICADV Training Calendar Winter Spring 2017



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