House of Ruth Maryland’s “Regional Training Strategic Planning for Domestic Violence Programs” initiative will bring both the “Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence” and “Working with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence” trainings to four regions across the state, and provide free admission for representatives from each of Maryland’s Victim Service Organizations and each certified abuse intervention program (AIP) in the area. This program is intended to provide training support for advocates, increase programs’ preparedness for certification, and foster collaboration and cooperation among partner agencies and stakeholders throughout Maryland.

In addition, the State’s diversity in service structures and demographics across its twenty three counties and Baltimore City requires that jurisdictional strategic plans be developed and implemented to increase the safety, and meet the needs, of victims of domestic violence crime in Maryland. House of Ruth Maryland will guide regional teams through that process as part of the Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Training’s agenda.

Each training participant will benefit from face-to-face time with local stakeholders to increase collaboration and creative thinking for their specific county. Each participant will also be provided with the strategic plan developed for their county and a clear understanding of their role in its success. In addition, 16

Category 1 Social Work CEUs will be available to each participant of both the CIPV Training and WWP Training. These CEUs are accepted for professionally licensed social workers and counselors, as well as other professional organizations in Maryland. The Governor’s Office on Crime Control & Prevention and all training participants will be provided with a final summary report that details each county plan and identifies where barriers and opportunities overlap across Maryland. This final report will also be publicly shared through House of Ruth Maryland’s e-mail distribution lists and website at the conclusion of the project.

About the Trainings

House of Ruth Maryland prides itself in its interactive, multi-media approach to training, which is informed by our talented service providers and the victims they serve. These two trainings are nationally recognized as resources for professionals working in the domestic violence field. It is common to have multiple participants in the trainings who have traveled from far outside of Maryland.

Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Training

This is a four day training that is equally beneficial for new and seasoned staff. Core competencies are reviewed, but each workshop also includes a continued learning component to point out cutting edge best practice or participate in creative, experiential learning opportunities. For this year’s training, strategic planning sessions will be introduced throughout the training so that regional teams can work together to build a shared vision for their county.

Feedback from 2016 participants:
“Very impressed with the amount of information provided. The facilitators were all very knowledgeable and friendly.  I feel that I got a lot out of this training.”
“I felt this training was amazing! So much info, tools and takeaways that I will be sure to implement.  The sessions were entertaining, interesting and very informative.  Thank you!!!”
“Seriously, phenominal (I think I spelled that wrong). It encapsulated all the info I was hoping it would and the training exceeded my expectations.  Thank you guys so much.”

Working with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence Training

This is a three day training that supports abuse intervention program facilitators in engaging participants in a change process. Without dictating which curriculum should be used, this training benefits facilitators and adminstrators alike by focusing on group dynamics, engagement strategies, and the impact of program policy on participant motivation.

Feedback from 2016 participants:
“The entire program was terrific – stimulating and useful. Exceeded my expectations/hopes.”
“Great presentation. Very informative.  Great group interaction.  Facilitators very knowledgeable and engaging.”
“All presenters were knowledgeable and humble. They made learning fun, which for me is cornerstone.”
“You are a wonderful group of instructors/facilitators. Enjoyed this training!”

Training Schedule

House of Ruth Maryland will provide four rounds of its CIPV Training and four rounds of its WWP Training in four regions across Maryland. Agencies that serve multiple counties will only be able to attend the training series for one region. The four regions and tentative training schedules are as follows:

Northern Region – Baltimore County location to be determinedmap

  • Serving Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil Counties and Baltimore City
    • Victim Service Organizations eligible for free registration: YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, House of Ruth Maryland, Turnaround, Inc.,  Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland, Spouse Abuse/Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), Cecil County Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Center
    • Certified, Independent Abuse Intervention Programs eligible for free registration: HARBEL Community Organization, Isaiah & Associates, Guided Visions Counseling Center
  • Training Dates:
    • Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Training: March 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th
    • Working with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: April 19th, 20th, & 21st

Western Region – Washington County location to be determined

  • Serving Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties
    • Victim Service Organizations eligible for free registration: The Dove Center, Family Crisis Resource Center, Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA), Heartly House, Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland,
    • Certified, Indepenent Abuse Intervention Programs eligible for free registration: Catoctin Counseling Center, North Carroll Counseling Center
  • Training Dates:
    • Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Training: April 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th
    • Working with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: May 23rd, 24th, & 25th

Southern Region – Prince George’s County location to be determined

  • Serving St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert, Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Howard Counties
    • Victim Service Organizations eligible for free registration: Walden Sierra, Crisis Intervention Center, Center for Abused Persons, Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Abused Persons Program, HopeWorks
    • Certified, Independent Abuse Intervention Programs eligible for free registration: Erly Family Solutions, My Covenant Place, Synergy Family Services, Men’s Awareness & Recovery System, The Engaging Men’s Program
  • Training Dates:
    • Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Training: May 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th
    • Working with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: June 14th, 15th, & 16th

Eastern Region – Dorchester County location to be determined

  • Serving Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester Counties.
    • Victim Service Organizations eligible for free registration: Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence and Life Crisis Center. An increased number of registrations will be extended to accommodate every county served by each organization.
    • There are no certified, independent abuse intervention programs identified in these counties.
  • Training Dates:
    • Comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence Training: June 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th
    • Working with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: July 26th, 27th & 28th

Efforts are being made by our Training Institute staff to contact administrators of each victim service organization and each certified abuse intervention program in Maryland. Please be sure your agency’s information is updated on the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence’s website.

If you have further questions about this initiative or any other project through our Training Institute, please reach out at training@hruthmd.org or (410) 261-3025.