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The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is proud to offer a biannual training calendar with workshops and trainings covering a wide variety of topics related to domestic violence awareness and prevention. This year, we have expanded our focus to include specific trainings geared toward community members.

Our advocacy training sessions will continue to focus on supporting advocates in their work by exploring best practices, expanding and deepening advocates' knowledge and building skills for work in the field. Through our community workshops, we will share information and provide context through the experiences of survivors of abuse and advocates for any individual interested in learning more about domestic violence.

PLEASE NOTE: Our trainings will be hosted online until further notice to continue to protect the safety and wellbeing of training session attendees and presenters. The RICADV will offer trainings remotely via video conferencing, with discussion and support.

In an effort to go paperless, we phased out our training calendar postcards.

Summer/Fall Training Calendar, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Trainings for advocates

Domestic Violence 101: Two-part series
Part one  Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $15
Presenter: Sara Eckhoff, law enforcement training coordinator Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
CEUs will be provided must attend both sessions to receive certification

This comprehensive two-part training provides a necessary foundation for advocates aiming to support survivors and help end domestic violence. During part one of the training session, participants will learn about the dynamics and forms of abuse, including patterns of abusive behaviors, the cycle of violence, power and control tactics, the various barriers survivors face and the impact of domestic violence on survivors and their children.

Domestic Violence 101: Two-part series
Part two  Applying Concepts: Interactive Case Study
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: $15
Presenter: Sara Eckhoff, law enforcement training coordinator Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

CEUs will be provided must attend both sessions to receive certification

The second part of this training focuses on key concepts in survivor empowerment, foundational aspects of victim advocacy, bystander intervention and state and national resources. Participants will work with two interactive case examples during this session to connect and apply concepts learned during this training.

Sara Eckhoff is the law enforcement training coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to her work at the RICADV, Sara served as advocacy coordinator at Day One, a sexual assault and trauma resource center in Providence, where she provided advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. Additionally, she served as a law enforcement advocate, assisting survivors of violence through the criminal justice process at four police departments in southern Rhode Island. Sara earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Holocaust and genocide studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Cybersecurity 101 Protecting Yourself and Survivors When Online
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $15
Meghan Martinez, MS, digital forensics and incident response (DFIR), enterprise cybersecurity (ECS – formerly EIRM), enterprise technology & experience (ETX) – MassMutual

Domestic violence isn't just physical. Intimate partners can exert control using the technologies we rely on every day. The constant phone calls, stalked by location-sharing apps, humiliated on social media, forced to share sensitive texts and passwords: Each of these experiences can be intimidating and they are a violation of privacy that affects your freedom to make decisions about your life. Being deprived of your independence is no less painful when it's digital. The purpose of this discussion is to provide an overview of ways to assess you and your client’s cyber risk in the online age.

Meghan Martinez, MS, works on the digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) team at MassMutual where she is responsible for leading cybersecurity incident investigations. Previously, she served as an information security analyst with FM Global information security services and worked as a cyber terrorism program manager with the Rhode Island State Police. She was responsible for organizing the Rhode Island Joint Cyber Task Force (JCTF), an intelligence and incident response group, to increase awareness of cybersecurity-related concerns and building relationships with public, private and government sectors to improve critical infrastructure and the state's overall cyber framework. She was charged with tracking threats across multiple Rhode Island sectors and facilitating initial investigations of cyber breaches and disruptions.

She also served as the JCTF/R.I. State Police liaison for Cyber Intelligence Network (CIN), a national-level intelligence group. She holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and a master’s degree in cybersecurity/intelligence from the University of Rhode Island. Ms. Martinez is passionate about cybersecurity education and workforce development and elevating marginalized voices within the industry.

Fostering Relationships Through Effective Communication
Tuesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021*

Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $15
Kat Keenan, consultant and trainer - Keenan Consulting & Training
CEUs will be provided – must attend all sessions to receive certification

Every job, no matter the industry, requires excellent communication skills. When we feel heard, we are five times more likely to feel empowered to perform our best work. If you want to be successful in your role, you need to be able to both express yourself clearly and be able to listen and understand the needs, wants and intentions of others when they communicate.

This training will help develop your communication skills and ensure you understand others when they communicate while getting your own message across clearly in a way that fosters positive relationships. You’ll learn what it takes to be a successful communicator and how to best communicate confidently with people at all levels.

Learning objectives include:
  • Communicate clearly and confidently with people.
  • Learn three strategies for encouraging others to open up and speak freely.
  • Recognize and overcome common communication barriers.
  • Engage in diverse communication successfully.
  • Review how to correctly compose different types of office communication for maximum impact.

Together, we'll review best practice examples, share tools that help us communicate to greater impact and engage in activities that build confidence so your communication accomplishes what you intend and makes a real difference.

Kat Keenan is an experienced consultant and trainer with a background in nonprofit administration, leadership development, policy and program development. Ms. Keenan has been consulting for a range of clients in the for-profit and nonprofit fields, training staff to build internal capacity, grow their professional skillset, develop strong programs and grow their organizational footprint since 2016. Ms. Keenan is a certified “Families Thrive” trainer and works with organizations to provide customized professional development. Ms. Keenan has served as the chairperson on numerous statewide advisory committees and is seen as a leading expert for her work in piloting programs that implement a youth participatory process and are grounded in a positive youth development framework. Ms. Keenan led efforts to utilize data and practice lessons from youth-serving programs to inform and help implement evidence-informed practices into the system of care in Rhode Island. Ms. Keenan developed the nationally award-winning program Works Wonders, where she helped facilitate the implementation, scale-up, sustainability and replication of the Works Wonders model that increases foster youth financial and work readiness capability. Ms. Keenan holds a master’s degree in policy and planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross.

Trainings for community members

Responding to Gender-Based Violence: Developing and Implementing Supportive Workplace Policies and Practices
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10
Yoo-Jin Kang, senior training & technical assistance specialist, National Workplace Resource Center and Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, program manager, Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives – Futures Without Violence

In the United States, 52.2 million women and 27.6 million men will experience sexual violence, 19.1 million women and 6.4 million men will be stalked and 43.6 million women and 37.3 million men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. We spend most of our waking hours in the workplace and bring our whole selves to work, so whether someone has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking, gender-based violence and harassment touch every workplace.

By realizing the traumatic effects of gender-based violence and harassment and how they show up in the workplace, recognizing the elements of trauma, responding in a survivor-centered way and resisting policies and practices that lead to re-traumatization, workplaces can ensure safer, more productive and resilient workplaces for all workers.

To help employers develop and implement survivor-centered, trauma-responsive workplace policies and organizational practices, Futures Without Violence’s Workplaces Respond team will facilitate a two-hour interactive training in which participants will be better able to:

  • Describe how gender-based violence impacts employees in the workplace;
  • Develop workplace policies that are survivor-centered, trauma-informed and promote the resilience of employees; and
  • Apply trauma-responsive principles when providing support to employees and co-workers.

Yoo-Jin Kang provides technical assistance, program development and training for the National Workplace Resource Center (Workplaces Respond). Her areas of expertise include trauma-informed practices, mind-body modalities, antiracist equity work and substance abuse recovery/prevention. Prior to working at FUTURES, Ms. Kang led the Alcohol and Other Drugs Initiatives at American University and founded the People of Color Faculty & Staff Affinity group. Ms. Kang received bachelor of arts degrees at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in modern languages & linguistics and interdisciplinary studies, where she focused on the psychosocial and cultural perspectives on violence. 

Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski works on FUTURES’ initiatives relating to economic justice and security, safety and gender equity in the workplace and improving access to quality employment opportunities for survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence. Prior to joining FUTURES, she oversaw the Economic Security for Survivors Project, a national training, technical assistance and research project at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Wider Opportunities for Women. Ms. Gonzalez Bocinski received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in public policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Changing the Culture: Bystander Intervention
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10
Krista D’Amico, director of prevention – Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
CEUs will be provided

Many of us ask ourselves, "What can I do to prevent violence? It's such a big problem. Can I really make a difference?" The answer is yes - and we need you to act! We often hear from survivors that bystanders have been a critical support and lifeline for them. Each of us can play a role to support those experiencing domestic violence and also to challenge the societal norms that allow abuse to continue. Domestic violence can be prevented - if we view it not as a private matter between two people, but as a community health issue that affects all of us. To realize our vision of a future without violence, we need prepared and engaged bystanders to speak up and take action. During this workshop, we will explore safe ways to intervene when we witness or suspect abuse, and we'll share resources geared toward supporting bystanders to change the culture of violence.


Krista D’Amico is the director of prevention at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). A native Rhode Islander, Krista has been part of the RICADV team since 2013. Krista holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Rhode Island. In her current role, Krista coordinates local and statewide activities to prevent intimate partner violence, overseeing the organization’s prevention initiatives and related training.

Elder Abuse 101: Defining This Issue
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

Time: 10 a.m.
Presenters: Molly Kapstein Cote, special assistant attorney general and head of elder abuse unit and Mickaela Driscoll, elder abuse investigator – Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, and Cheryl A. Patnaude, MSW, elder justice advocate – Saint Elizabeth Haven for Elder Justice
CEUs will be provided

This workshop focuses on the challenges and risk factors for elders living in isolation or in abusive homes from both an advocate and prosecutor perspective. Participants will learn best practices for addressing the abuse and working effectively with victims. Information will be provided on how to identify and provide resource information for elders in need as well as how community members can connect to elders in the community.

Molly Kapstein Cote is the special assistant attorney general and head of the elder abuse unit at the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General. She served as a prosecutor for the R.I. Department of the Attorney General in 2002, and handled cases ranging from child molestation to homicide. In 2016, she opened her own private practice and served as an adjunct professor of law at Roger Williams University School of Law where she taught trial advocacy and also developed and directed the prosecution externship program there. During her time in private practice, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island appointed Ms. Cote, as one of two lawyers, to represent litigants in the H.O.P.E. Court program, the local federal court’s first re-entry court designed to prevent high-risk criminal defendants from re-offending. Ms. Cote was part of the Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate’s Child Fatality Review Panel, and presented twice at annual Rhode Island Bar Association meetings on topics relating to criminal practice.

Ms. Cote returned to the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General as the head of the elder abuse unit where she prosecutes crimes against older Rhode Islanders and conducts community outreach efforts to prevent elder abuse and help elderly adults protect themselves from these crimes. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Mickaela Driscoll is the elder abuse investigator for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Driscoll has worked for the department for 14 years, and in that time, has worked as an investigator in the consumer protection unit, a victim advocate in the victim services unit and was specifically assigned to serve as the elder abuse prosecutor and since 2016, she has been the elder abuse investigator. In 2015, she received the Victim Advocate of the Year Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and in 2018, she received the Elder Justice Award from the Saint Elizabeth Community. Ms. Driscoll holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Cheryl Patnaude, MSW, is an elder justice advocate with St. Elizabeth Haven for Elder Justice, Rhode Island’s only short-term shelter and community-based advocacy services provider for elder victims of abuse. Cheryl has worked for over 40 years in the field of interpersonal violence. In 2018, she received the Attorney General Richard Israel Justice Award for Senior Protection for her lifelong dedication to providing advocacy for older Rhode Islanders. In 2016, on Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), she received the Elder Justice Hero Award for going “above and beyond” in her service to an elder abuse victim. She has served as adjunct faculty in Human Services at Community College of Rhode Island and holds a master’s degree in social work from Rhode Island College.

 Trainings for member agencies

Cultural Humility Workshop: Four-part series
Tuesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021*

Time: 10 a.m.
Jenise Katalina, board vice president and Dayna Campbell, board president – The Women of Color Health Equity Collective

Cultural humility is a philosophy that empowers individuals to effectively engage in interpersonal relationships that are dynamically diverse and mutually respectful. Unlike cultural competence, cultural humility is a life-long and ongoing process of self-reflection and self-critique in which individuals expand their capacity for learning, listening and understanding, regardless of their experiences with cultures other than their own. Incorporating cultural humility as part of one’s lifestyle empowers the individual to recognize and redress power imbalances that exist within their immediate social and organizational structures.

*Must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion

Jenise Katalina holds a master of social work degree from Springfield College and is currently a licensed, certified social worker. Ms. Katalina is vice president of Family Services at Square One, Nursery School, in Springfield, Mass., where she has developed and implemented family-based support services since 2011. Ms. Katalina is certified in multiple group models for parents and families, as well as “Train the Trainer” in cultural humility and the strengthening families protective factors. Ms. Katalina has also offered training about specific topics, including children impacted by violence, children exposed to trauma and toxic stress, adversity and building resilience. Ms. Katalina currently serves on multiple community-based coalitions in a leadership capacity, including the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services Maternal Child Health Commission and the Perinatal SupportCoalition  of  Hampden County.

Ms. Katalina joined the Women of Color Health Equity Collective (WOCHEC, formerly MotherWoman) training team in the spring of 2015 and continues to support, educate and consult with community providers to best serve women and families throughout the perinatal period. Ms. Katalina currently lives in Springfield, Mass., where she has also worked for over 15 years. 

Dayna Campbell, MS, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at American International College in the School of Health Sciences, Public Health program in Springfield and adjunct instructor at Holyoke Community College in the Foundations of Health, Community Health Worker certificate program. Ms. Campbell has spent the last two decades training future public health professionals, especially in the areas of population health, health education and promotion and program planning and development. Ms. Campbell is an experienced lecturer, trainer and researcher in the areas of diversity and inclusion, cultural humility, culturally responsive planning and evaluation and disparities in health status and outcomes. Women’s health has dominated her research, particularly as it relates to reproductive and pregnancy outcomes.

She received a master of science degree in health education, promotion and behavior from the University of South Carolina and is currently completing her doctoral degree in health services, policy and management at the same institution. She serves on the advisory committee and Photovoice workgroup of Mama’s VOICE, a community-based participatory research project in Springfield designed to assess the health and wellness needs of mothers of color. Originally from Amherst, Mass., Ms. Campbell spent more than 20 years in South Carolina.

Past Training Calendars
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    RICADV Training Calendar Winter Spring 2018

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    RICADV Training Calendar Summer Fall 2017

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