From Crisis to Collaboration: Supporting Survivors with Stigmatized Mental Health Experiences

Brief Overview

Through this groundbreaking 6-part webinar series, the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health equips advocates to drive change at complex intersections. Each session offers actionable strategies centering accessible, culturally responsive, trauma-informed frameworks.

From building communal resilience to journeying with those facing self-harm urges, brain injuries, or alternative perceptual experiences, NCDVTMH presenters reimagine compassionate collaboration.

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Webinar Information

January 18, 2024

The first webinar in the series focuses on ‘Building Bridges to Healing,’ which will establish key foundations for supporting the well-being of ourselves and others. Throughout this series, we’ll revisit these concepts and expand on ways we can foster personal and communal well-being.

During this webinar, we will explore the integration of policies and practices that are Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma Informed (ACRTI) into a cyclical supportive framework that promotes resilience and well-being for advocates and survivors.

This framework emphasizes a holistic approach to self and community care before, during, and after stressful events or crises.  Join us to learn positive strategies for emotional support, building trust, sharing resources, and taking compassionate action to build bridges to healing and community care for advocates and survivors

Presented by: Amanda Lyon, TTA Specialist

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February 15, 2024

People with shared lived experiences have been supporting one another for ages, making peer support a vital source of hope and healing within communities. This is especially true for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and yet, our advocacy programs sometime struggle with how to encourage survivor-led peer support while also making space for different trauma responses, support needs, and healing journeys.

This webinar offers information and strategies for creating Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) environments of peer support in advocacy programs. We will discuss peer support models that align with advocacy principles and lift up mutuality, reciprocity, and survivor leadership as core values. Whether beginning or expanding peer support programming, participants will learn about strategies for making peer support accessible across experiences of trauma and mental health challenges, re-centering peer support as a core pathway of hope and healing.

  • Learning Objectives
    • 1.    Participants will explore the intentions and values of survivor-lead peer support.
    • 2.    Participants will identify strategies for keeping mutuality and shared responsibility at the center of peer support conversations and relationships.
    • 3.    Participants will generate strategies for creating program environments to sustain survivor-led peer support.

Co-presented by: Cathy Cave, Senior Training Consultant, and Victoria (Tori) Wynecoop-Abrahamson, LSW, TTA Manager

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March 21, 2024

As advocates, we are here to support survivors in crisis. At the same time, it can be challenging to know how to best respond when a survivor is experiencing suicidality or self-injury. It’s not uncommon for advocates to feel unprepared, unsupported, or scared when faced with these situations. This webinar provides advocates and advocacy programs with practical information and strategies to overcome these challenges and offer proactive, compassionate, and survivor-led support for survivors experiencing suicidality and or self-injury. Using an Accessible, Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) approach, this session includes what advocacy programs can do to care for themselves and one another at the individual, organizational, and community levels.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • 1. Participants will learn about the warning signs, risks, and protective factors for suicide and non-suicidal self injury.
    • 2. Participants will identify strategies to emotionally support survivors experiencing suicidality or self-injury, as well as how to support themselves before, during, and after crises.
    • 3. Participants will explore strategies to build emotional and physical safety with survivors experiencing suicidality

Co-presented by Victoria (Tori) Wynecoop-Abrahamson, LSW, TTA Manager, and Amanda Lyon, TTA Specialist

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April 18, 2024

Presented by Amanda Lyon, TTA Specialist

May 16, 2024

Co-presented by Carole Warshaw, MD, Director, and Gabriela Zapata-Alma LCSW CADC, Associate Director

June 20, 2024

Presented by Victoria (Tori) Wynecoop-Abrahamson, LSW, TTA Manager