Healthy Moms Happy Babies: Healing Approaches to Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence in Home Visitation Programs (Part I)

Title: Healthy Moms Happy Babies: Healing Approaches to Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence in Home Visitation Programs – Part I

Date:  Wednesday May 29, 2019

Time: 10:00-11:30amPDT/11:00-12:30pmMDT/12:00-1:30pmCDT/1:00-2:30pmEDT

View the webinar recording (start video at 13:00), slides, and captioning.

Register for Part II of the webinar here!

Webinar Description:

Many home visitation and early childhood staff struggle with how best to address issues of domestic violence (DV) among their clients. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women will experience DV in their lifetime. Research has demonstrated as many as 50% of home visited low-income mothers have experienced DV. The impact of DV on parents’ and children’s physical and mental health and risk for substance use and persistent perinatal depression is well documented. Healthy Moms/Happy Babies, now in its fourth edition, is an interactive curriculum that addresses the barriers and difficulties staff experience in addressing DV. We support the field with attuned approaches to DV for survivors that were developed in concert with communities who are most affected. In this webinar, we address how personal and or vicarious trauma or abuse may impact our ability to do this work. Specific strategies and tools, both personal and organizational, will be presented to address the needs of front-line staff and managers so that they feel adequately situated to hear a positive disclosure of abuse.

Part II of the training reviews DV prevalence and impacts, and introduces Futures Without Violence’s CUES intervention for staff to use with participants. The CUES intervention is a simple, strength-based universal education approach for addressing DV that taps into clients existing capacity for empathy and altruism, to allow them to create change for themselves and others that may be affected by DV. The training is solution-focused, with practical and culturally adaptive strategies to help attendees put practices into place immediately and to leave the webinar inspired and motivated to make a difference.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand two organizational strategies to address vicarious trauma including the power of attunement and mindful self- regulation to reduce burnout and staff turnover within home visitation programs.

2. Identify two barriers to conducting domestic violence assessment with clients along with strategies to overcome those barriers.

3. Describe the limits of domestic violence disclosure-driven practice, especially for the most marginalized communities.

4. Describe how using Futures Without Violence’s CUES intervention can lead to improved outcomes for participants.


Rebecca Levenson, MA

Part II: June 12, 2019 from 10:00-11:30amPDT/11:00-12:30pmMDT/12:00-1:30pmCDT/1:00-2:30pmEDT

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