New Advocate Training

Across the state of Florida, all certified centers and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence offer Core Competency training or its equivalent to provide a standard level knowledge base for all advocates, staff or volunteer. The Peaceful Paths New Advocate Training serves as that equivalent training opportunity that provides introduction into intimate partner violence advocacy work. Successful completion will result in a state recognized certification as a domestic violence advocate as long as the person is actively working with a certified domestic violence center.

The New Advocate Training provides 24-hours of the required 30 hours to obtain the victim/advocate privilege designation for the state of Florida. All sessions must be attended to successfully complete the 24 hours in one period. Any missed sessions will require the person to complete the entire class during the next available time. Peaceful Paths provides a training in the spring and fall with a mix of evening and weekend day schedules. The training covers subjects such as the foundation of the battered women’s movement, effective and empowering communication, crisis and conflict resolution techniques in addition to other critical advocacy skills. The training is interactive with specific learning objectives identified and a variety of teaching styles utilized.

Spring 2017 Training Class

Please note, we will have working lunches in order to fulfill the time requirement and to not extend the hours noted below so please plan accordingly. We have a full size refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and drink machine on site. We will have light refreshments each session. Please come prepared to stay the entire session. Dress is casual/comfortable and you must attend each session to successfully comply with the certification requirement. If for some reason you must miss a session or a portion, please contact your program supervisor or myself immediately.

You must attend all of the dates listed here:

Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:30am – 3:30pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:30am – 3:30pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017 9:30am – 3:30pm

In the event you need to cancel there is no refund, however you can attend the next scheduled training in Fall 2017 at no additional cost. Missing any portion of the training will result in delaying the certification process and potentially disqualifying you from participating in direct service contact. We will meet every session at 2100 NW 53rd Ave (our office) in the training room, which is located at the East end of the building with double French doors. Please be on early or on time and be respectful of others attending.

To gain access to the online registration form please contact Brandi Corbin at or by calling 352-377-5690.

Click here to access the training registration form.