Families Thrive classroom

Online Learning

Pre-Training Module: Self Reflection

This module is different from the others. It provides us an opportunity to ground our thinking in a self-reflective and self-aware framework. In this module, we can reflect on how our self-identity, thinking, and beliefs enhances, limits, and affects our work.

Module 1: About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a significant issue. In this module, we share information about domestic violence and its impact. We also explore people’s experience of living with domestic violence and common myths and misconceptions.

Module 2: Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence

Exposure to domestic violence can greatly impact a child’s healthy development including their emotional, mental and physical health. In this module, we discuss the impact of exposure to domestic violence on children and youth and their development. We also explore how we can meaningfully respond to, engage with, and support children and youth who have or are currently living in a family experiencing domestic violence.

Module 3: Trauma Awareness and Healing 

People experience trauma when their capacity to respond to events or circumstances in their lives is overwhelmed. The purpose of this module is to build awareness of the potential impact of trauma. With this awareness, we are able to respond in more trauma-informed ways to help heal, address the effects of trauma, and build resilience.

Module 4: Resilience and Thriving 

Resilience is the marshaling of strengths, resources, and relationships to respond to adversity. Resilience is greatly influenced by family support and the relationships a child or teen has with his or her parent and/or other caring adults. Also critical are other protective factors within a person’s life that help support resilience. In this module, we examine resilience and explore what children and youth need that help contribute to and strengthen their resilience.

Module 5: Understanding Separation

Thousands of people every year make the choice to leave an abusive relationship. At times, leaving can increase the risk of danger for those people and their children. In this module, we discuss post-separation violence and abuse including the unique risks and issues for adult victims and children. In addition, we present ways to identify and locate information and resource specific for families post-separation.

Module 6: Supporting People in Contact

People remain in relationships that are abusive for multiple reasons. Even if people don’t live with the person that abused or is abusing them, they may have some level of ongoing contact. Children are most likely to have ongoing contact with their parents, even if their parents are no longer together. In this module, we discuss why people might remain in contact with partners who are or have been abusive and the importance of supporting and helping to meet the needs of all parties in culturally appropriate and respectful ways.

Module 7: Safety and Safety Planning 

Safety planning is the leading intervention and approach used to support people in abusive relationships to think about and plan how to keep themselves and their children safe. In this module we share key strategies for safety planning using a victim-defined approach.

Module 8: Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is a serious problem in the United States. In this module, we review  the definition of teen dating violence including the many forms teen dating violence and abuse takes and the warning signs of abuse.

Module 9: Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness

This module is designed through the lens of “cultural humility”. The approach of cultural humility goes beyond the concept of cultural competence to encourage individuals to identify their own biases and to acknowledge that those biases must be recognized. In this module, we discuss ways to better understand culture, understand the impact of culture on families experiencing abuse, recognize one’s own culture and its impact on serving families in order to utilize cultural humility in how we work to support families.

Module 10: Trauma Informed Workplaces








A trauma informed workplace addresses the secondary and organizational trauma that staff experience. Secondary trauma can take a significant toll on those working with children and families experiencing trauma and toxic levels of stress. A trauma informed system is aware of the impact of trauma and works to decrease risk and increase resiliency.







Family Profiles: Lived Experiences

View the family profiles from The Carlson’s, The Choi’s and The Johnson’s and learn more about their experiences.

Families Thrive Online Learning Guide

Online Learning GuideClick here to download a one page summary of the Families Thrive Online Learning Modules and instructions on how to register.