Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:00 to 12:30
Posted: Jan 21 2015

The first in a three-Part Webinar Series:  Trauma-Informed Approaches for Supporting Domestic Trafficking Survivors Webinar Series, will focus on minor and adult; Native, citizen and immigrant/refugee women and youth trafficked for sex, labor and other purposes.  Advocates will learn strategies for operationalizing trauma-informed approaches within their organizations and key considerations to build their agency's capacity to establish innovative partnerships and provide accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed services.

The first webinar lays the foundation for understanding the types of domestic trafficking, the traumatic impacts of victimization, and operationalizing trauma-informed responses within new and existing advocacy structures and partnerships.

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Quick Links:

Asian Pacific-Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence

National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

Praxis Rural TA

Office on Violence Against Women

Praxis disseminates training and TA information, opportunities, and resources to rural grantees with the support of Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K103 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Departmetn of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 07:00 to 17:00
Posted: Jan 13 2015

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan presents The 4th Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities

Financial assistance:  Financial support is available for general admission through the Leadership Education Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) program, to assist parents/guardians of individuals with developmental disabilities, self-advocates and consumers with disabilities to attend the Symposium. To apply for financial assistance, please contact LEAP at or Pilot Parents at (520) 324-3150 or

Workshops:  Include topics such as self-advocacy, special education law, employment law, autism, positive behavior supports, mental health, assistive technology, diabetes, cardiovascular care and more…

Opening Keynote: Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Lunch Keynote: Tawara Goode, Director of the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University

Continuing Education Unit’s (CEUs):  6.75 for Social Workers and others check with your professional licensing board or entity to determine if CEUs are applicable for other professions.

Registration:  To purchase tickets go to

Sponsorship and Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities:


2011 Conference:
2013 Symposium Footage by Juniques MultiCultural Connections:

Contact Information:  Information on the symposium and sponsorship and vendor opportunities :

Renaldo Fowler, Arizona Center for Disability Law (602) 274-6287 or

David Carey, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (602) 443-0723.


Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 08:00 to Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 17:00
Posted: Jan 13 2015

The Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma at Alliant International University presents the

20th International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy and Policy

and affiliated Trainings August 21-22, 2015

Visit for more information


Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 08:00 to Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 17:00
Posted: Jan 13 2015

The Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma at Alliant International University presents

2 Day- Specialized Risk Assessment Training: Assessing Sexually Abusive Youth
(MEGA: Multiplex Empirically Guided Inventory of Ecological Aggregates for Assessing Sexually Abusive Children and Adolescents (Ages 4-19)

Click here for information about MEGA

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:00 to Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 17:00
Posted: Jan 13 2015

TRAINING SUMMIT DESCRIPTION AND GOALS: The goals of this Training Summit are to present the latest research, prevention, assessment, and intervention techniques concerning various aspects of child, adolescent and adult trauma and maltreatment and the long-term effects if they go untreated. Plenary and breakout sessions discuss the types of child, adolescent and adult trauma, the dynamics of maltreatment and trauma at home or in the community, and the effects on children, adolescents, and adults psychologically, behaviorally and neurodevelopmentally. Nationally and internationally recognized presenters and local practitioners come together to discuss the latest research, assessment methods, interventions, and prevention strategies for children, adolescents and adults who have been traumatized, abused, and/or victimized. Applying current research information and providing practical techniques are emphasized throughout this Training Summit.
This Training Summit is approved to offer up to 17.75 hours of continuing education (CE) to most professions.
Registration discounts are available for Groups (minimum of 5), Students, Collaborators. Please contact (858)527-1860 x 4030 or email for information & code.
Online Registration closes March 20 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 08:00 to Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:00
Posted: Jan 13 2015

The Battered Women's Justice Project presents:

This training is pre-approved by OVW for Rural Grantees!

This 2.5 day training is designed to enhance the skills of police and prosecutors, and their ability to handle some of the most challenging and complicated issues of domestic violence and sexual assault investigation and prosecution. Featuring a 6 HR Training on the Forensic Experiential Interview Technique (FETI).  Click here to learn more about FETI

Click here to see the AGENDA


Click here for more information about the conference and to REGISTER



Praxis disseminates training and TA information, opportunities, and resources to rural grantees with the support of Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K103 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:30
Posted: Jan 13 2015

Please join us for a webinar highlighting best practices for domestic violence courts seeking to enhance safety for domestic violence victims through the use of civil legal attorneys. Attorneys from Vermont, Minnesota, and New York will share their innovative strategies, challenges, and lessons learned from the process of collaborating with domestic violence courts in their state to enhance civil legal services for victims.


Rebecca Thomforde Hauser, Center for Court Innovation


Andrew Sta. Ana, Supervising Attorney, Day One, New York, NY

Ann Cofell, Deputy Director, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, St. Cloud, MN

Wynona Ward, Director and Senior Attorney, Have Justice Will Travel, Brattleboro, VT

Participant Eligibility:

This webinar was created for OVW Justice for Families Program/Courts Project and GTEAP grantees, but is open to the public. 

Registration and Access:

Please register here: You will receive an email with information about how to access the webinar and audio portion, and we will send reminders and materials as the event approaches. Please con-tact Sarah Martino ( if you have any questions. We strive to make our work accessible for all participants. Please let us know at least five business days in advance of the webinar if you require closed captioning or mate-rials in large print. Access needs and any questions regarding other possible accommodations should be emailed to

This project was supported by Award No. 2014-TA-AX-K019 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:30
Posted: Jan 13 2015

Jennifer Kaplan*, OVW Attorney, and Debbie Bright, OVW Grant Program Specialist  

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 brought numerous changes to improve our nation's response to violence against women. Some changes are specifically relevant to rural communities: modified definition of a "rural state", inclusion of federally recognized Indian Tribes as "rural communities", expanded program purpose areas, etc. Jennifer Kaplan, OVW Attorney/Advisor, and Debbie Bright, OVW Grant Program Specialist, will discuss the changes most meaningful to rural communities. This webinar will be interactive; please join us with your questions, or feel free to send them in advance to

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Click here to REGISTER

A confirmation will be sent. If you do not receive it, check your spam/junk folder, then contact

Do you require closed captioning? Please allow 3 business days notice and email Liz Carlson at the address above with "Closed Captioning" in the subject line.

Speaker Bios:

* Jennifer Kaplan serves as Supervisory Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women Office (OVW).  Prior to joining OVW in 2001, Ms. Kaplan was a Senior Counsel in the Department's Office of Policy Development, where she focused on violence against women issues including the Violence Against Women Act of 2000, asylum for domestic violence victims, and immigration policy.  She also served for eight years as a Trial Attorney in the Department's Civil Division, with an emphasis on the defense and enforcement of federal programs, policies and statutes. Ms. Kaplan is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.   

Debbie Bright is a Program Specialist for the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), assigned to the Rural Program. Prior to joining OVW, Debbie served as a technical assistance provider for the National Forensic Compliance Project. Debbie has also served as a STOP Administrator in Maryland, and the Deputy Director for the Maryland Office of Victim Services overseeing the Victims of Crime Act Assistance Program (VOCA). She has held various advocacy positions over the years, including serving as a hotline coordinator and volunteer, and as a medical advocate to victims of sexual assault. Debbie holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore.

This project is supported by Grant #2011-TA-AX-K103 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed during this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:00 to 12:30
Posted: Jan 13 2015

This webinar is open to all organizations currently receiving funding from the Office on Violence Against Women. 

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Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center (TC-TAT) is pleased to co-host a webinar with the Full Frame Initiative (FFI). FFI set out to understand how people who have experienced domestic violence and others in the domestic violence field define success for survivors. FFI conducted 46 workshops with survivors and practitioners in mainstream, culturally specific and underserved communities and 12 interviews with policy makers and funders, across California. The findings call into question some of the most basic assumptions about the domestic violence field. 

  • For the more than 150 survivors in this project, success is about connection to family and friends, belonging to something bigger than oneself, and creating value.
  • Domestic violence is not central to their identity, and success is not achieved through traditionally conceived pathways to safety, such as separation.
  • Practitioners, in particular, are eager to better align their program success with survivor-defined success and adjust services and activities accordingly.
  • The findings hold true across all geographies, and in both culturally specific and mainstream communities.

FFI will present the details and findings of this groundbreaking project, and share recommendations for action to improve systems and services for people who have experienced violence in their relationships.

About the Presenter:

Anna Melbin has more than twenty years of experience working with non-profit organizations and on state and federal level policy issues. In 2012, she joined FFI as the Director of Network Growth and Strategy, and led the multi-year statewide project in CA documenting how different stakeholders understand success for domestic violence survivors. Prior to joining FFI, she was the Housing Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She holds a M.S.W and a M.P.P from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


TC-TAT provides constituent-driven training, support and peer learning opportunities for advocates and communities to transform and prevent violence against women and promote safety, justice and equality.


The Full Frame Initiative's mission is to change systems so that people and communities experiencing poverty, violence and trauma have the tools, supports and resources they need to thrive.


Posted: Jan 13 2015

Save the Date - Western Flex Conference

Western Region Flex Conference

Making a Difference for CAHs & the Communities they Serve

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, TucsonThe 13th Annual Western Region Flex Conference is scheduled for June 10-12, 2015 at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort & Spa, which recently received the World's Best Award for #1 Hotel in Arizona.

The purpose of the 2015 Western Region Flex Conference is to provide a venue for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Flex programs in the western region of the United States to share information, ideas and success stories.


Saguaro cactus - symbol of the Southwest


Hosted by the Arizona State Office of Rural Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Posted: Jan 12 2015

Jan 5, 2015 -- Describes efforts to increase Native American and Alaskan Native enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, including creating culturally appropriate brochures, using bi-lingual outreach workers, and having mobile technologies available in the field to process sign-ups instantly.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (All day)
Posted: Jan 13 2015

Please register here

Times:          Tuesday, 8:00 am-5 pm | Wednesday 8:00 am—noon

Location:     University of Arizona College of Public Health | Phoenix Campus
714 E. Van Buren St. Room 115 | Phoenix, AZ

This two day workshop for SQSS users is focused on helping leaders and quality
professionals to:

1. Learn the power of systematization in improving financial performance and reducing
operation and reputational losses.

2. Build a model that moves quality approaches from a focus on regulatory compliance to business success.

3. Develop stronger approaches for sustainability

4. Raise the bar for individual and group accountability

5. Create the big data needed for stronger marketing.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Springhill Marriott right next door to the workshop. Please ask for U  of A - SQSS workshop when reserving your room 602-307-9929. 



Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 09:30 to 11:30
Posted: Jan 7 2015

Outlines what Arizona law says about mandated reporting and how it relates to domestic and sexual violence. Major topics discussed will include whether a report must always be made when there is sexual or domestic violence in the home, how to make a report and remain supportive of the victim, and how to support a victim through the child welfare process.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 08:30 to 11:30
Posted: Jan 7 2015

Offers best practices in sexual and domestic violence advocacy and will position attendees to understand the process of empowerment.