Initial and continuing education training of domestic violence agency staff is critically important. Advocates and advocate supervisors must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature and scope of domestic violence as defined by this chapter, as well as the historical and societal attitudes in which domestic violence is rooted. Training must be current and relevant to the provision of empowerment-based advocacy. In furtherance of these goals, domestic violence agency staff must meet the following minimum training requirements.
Initial training for staff providing supportive services and staff supervisors
(1) A minimum of twenty hours of initial basic training that covers the following topics and skills:
(a) Theory and implementation of empowerment-based advocacy.
(b) The history of domestic violence.
(c) Active listening skills.
(d) Legal, medical, social service and systems advocacy.
(e) Confidentiality and ethics.
(f) Safety planning skills and barriers to safety.
(g) Planning, clarifying issues and options, and crisis intervention.
(h) Providing services and advocacy to individuals from marginalized populations.
(i) Policies and procedures of the domestic violence agency.
Continuing education training for staff providing supportive services and staff supervisors
(2) Based on their date of hire with the domestic violence agency, staff providing supportive services and staff supervisors must obtain an annual minimum of thirty hours of continuing education training beginning in their second year with the domestic violence agency, and in every year thereafter. Continuing education training must include:
(a) A minimum of fifteen hours of training on advocacy that is directly related to serving victims of domestic violence and their children.
(b) A minimum of five hours of training on providing services and advocacy to individuals from marginalized populations.
(3) Not more than ten hours of the thirty hours of continuing education training can be obtained from video, audio, or similar self-study methods.
Training for staff not providing supportive services
(4) Domestic violence agency staff who do not provide supportive services to clients or their dependent children are not required to obtain initial and continuing education training as described in this section. Examples of staff that are included in this category are shelter housekeeping staff, individuals providing child care assistance as defined in this chapter, and bookkeeping and accounting staff. It is recommended, however, that staff who may come into contact with clients of the domestic violence agency and their dependent children, but who do not provide supportive services, receive training on the following:
(b) Relevant policies and procedures of the domestic violence agency.
(c) Mandated reporting of child abuse/neglect as required by chapter 26.44
RCW, Abuse of children.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.123
RCW. WSR 10-22-040, § 388-61A-0350, filed 10/27/10, effective 11/27/10.]