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May 21, 2008 > Working together for safe families, safe communities

Working together for safe families, safe communities

Submitted By Reshma Yunus

If you want to help make your communities peaceful and supportive, or even just learn how, here's your chance.
SEMAH Inc. and Transforming Communities (TC-TAT) present Faith in Violence-Free Families: Building Partnerships for Change.
This workshop will focus on fostering collaborative relationships between faith leaders and domestic violence prevention advocates, while discussing strategies to better serve our communities. Discussions will include prevention strategies, steps for community collaboration, and sharing the expertise and experience of participants.
We foster a peer-to-peer learning environment, offering time for safe and honest dialogue, as well as for sharing promising practices with each other. Participants will take home a tool for developing a concrete plan to collaborate with community partners to address domestic violence.
This workshop is offered to community members as well as volunteers and employees who provide services and support to those affected by domestic violence, such as: faith community leaders and members; domestic violence advocates; public and mental health care providers; social workers; educators; law enforcement; and others. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be made.
Learning objectives include: Identify challenges and benefits of working with each other; share and learn strategies for collaborating; develop mutual understanding of causes, influences, and dynamics of domestic violence; explore how faith/spiritual perspectives can perpetuate or challenge viewpoints regarding abusive relationships; determine how to appropriately assist those in need, including looking at organizational practices and policies; consider efforts to prevent abuse, especially before it happens; and develop a concrete plan of action.
We encourage you to invite others from your agency and/or faith community to attend with you, so as to make the team work session of this workshop more effective. SEMAH and TC-TAT are happy to send invitations for you. You do not need a partner to attend this workshop; however it will enhance your experience. There will also be opportunities to network with other community members and support service providers.
Participants will receive an official Certificate of Completion, signed by the California Department of Public Health. You can also earn 7 contact hours of Continuing Education for MFT/LCSW/RN programs.
Please come prepared to stay the entire day, as this is critical to the day's work.
Information and registration forms are available online at http://www.semah.org/events.html. You can share any special needs and express your ideas for a more beneficial workshop when you fill out the registration form. There is a $20 registration fee, but fee assistance is also available.
For more information contact Maria-Elena Young, TC-TAT Project Coordinator.
Phone: (415) 526-2545. TDD/TTY: (415) 457-2421. Email: fvff@transformcommunities.org. Website: www.transformcommunities.org.
Or Reshma Yunus, Facilitator, SEMAH Inc; 510-206-8158; exec@semah.org; www.semah.org.


Faith in Violence-Free Families: Building Partnerships for Change
Wednesday, May 28
8:45 a.m. to 4:30p.m.
Registration and refreshments
8:15 a.m.
Northern California Cancer Center
2201 Walnut Ave. Suite 300, Fremont
(510) 206-8158

$20 registration fee
Fee assistance available

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