Domestic Violence Education Opportunities

One-hour Domestic Violence Training for Salon Professionals

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is committed to community education to ensure that as many victims as possible are able to reach the services they so desperately need.  The Crisis Center appreciates the unique position that Salon Professionals are in to offer victims a safe, comfortable, private space to share their concerns and fears.  As such, we are committed to preparing you to respond to incidents of domestic violence among your clients at no charge.

This one-hour domestic violence training meets the requirement of the IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation for licensure for all cosmetologists, cosmetology teachers, estheticians, esthetic teachers, hair braiders, hair braiding teachers, nail technicians, and nail technology teachers.

This free training cannot be combined with other Continuing Education training.  For groups of 25 or more, a fee of $0.50 per person will be charged for printed materials required for the training.  Training can be offered at your salon or preferred site.

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For individuals, very small groups, and those not affiliated with a salon, we offer a monthly training at various Crisis Center locations with limited space availability.

To schedule a training, sign-up for the Crisis Center training or if you have any questions, please contact Christine Alcorn-Catena at calcorn-catena@crisisctr.org or 708-429-7255.

Community Education

CCSS staff members provide informational sessions on domestic violence to community organizations, law enforcement agencies, universities and other organizations. Presentations focus on the complex issues of domestic violence and are offered free of charge. To schedule a presentation, contact our Education and Outreach coordinator Christine Alcorn-Catena at calcorn-catena@crisisctr.org or 708-429-7255.

Safe Start Violence Prevention Program

The “Safe Start” Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program is designed to help reduce the prevalence and effects of domestic violence. This is accomplished by providing education, prevention and intervention strategies that will empower our youth to make healthy relationship choices. In addition to dating violence, the Safe Start Program Curriculum includes topics such as bullying, conflict resolution, internet safety and respect. This program works in collaboration with various schools (K-12), religious organizations and youth groups. This program is free of charge.

For more information about our prevention program or to schedule a presentation, please contact our Prevention Specialist at (708) 429-7255 or rdunlap@crisisctr.org.

Domestic Violence 101

Our Domestic Violence 101 (DV 101) course is offered throughout the year and provides a condensed and educational opportunity for those who would like to learn more about domestic violence.

View our schedule and see when our next DV101 course takes place.

40-hour Training Series 

The 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training course provides participants with an overview of the complex social dynamics of domestic violence and intervention principles for working with domestic violence victims and their children. It includes all ICDVP required topics for the 40-hour training.

The training will be offered on a rolling schedule for improved flexibility and convenience for prospective students.  It allows participants to complete the training in one evening and one Saturday a week over the course of six weeks.  Additionally, the Crisis Center offers an option for participants to complete 20 hours of the training online in conjunction with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ILCADV).

View our rotating 40-hour training schedule HERE

Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12:30pm.  Participants must attend all specified curriculum sessions to earn the 40-hour training certificate. The cost for the program is $250.  A discount is available with a 6-month volunteer commitment. *Please note: some topics within this course may be sensitive to survivors of domestic violence.

Individuals considering volunteering at the Crisis Center are encouraged to participate, as well as professionals who work with victims of domestic violence.  After completion of the 40-Hour domestic violence training, participants will be equipped to volunteer in areas of direct client contact at the Crisis Center. Additionally, participants will be able to apply to complete 150 hours of direct client services in order to sit for the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional examination.

Some of the topics covered during this training include: the definitions and dynamics of domestic violence, the cycle of violence, myths and realities of abuse, types of abuse, direct service issues, safety planning, teen dating violence, and legal issues related to domestic violence. CCSS’ highly skilled and licensed professionals will share on-the-job experiences and provide students with an in-depth look on the realities of domestic violence.

To enroll, contact Education and Outreach coordinator Christine Alcorn-Catena at calcorn-catena@crisisctr.org or 708-429-7255.

Enrollment is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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