Training Institute

Community Education

The Center offers community and professional trainings on issues related to domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse. Many of the trainings we provide are in collaboration with our community partners.

Training offerings will be updated regularly on this page.

If you have a request for a specialized training, please contact Amanda Posila, Director of Education & Community Engagement, at aposila@centerforfamilyjustice.org or 203-334-6154.

Training and Workshops

Certification Training

CFJ offers a 40-hour state mandated training to become a certified domestic and sexual violence advocate/counselor. For participants interested in volunteer opportunities at CFJ, this training is the first step in working directly with survivors. This training is also open to community providers who would like a comprehensive training in the field of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse. Upon completion, community providers will receive a certificate of completion.

Typically, this training is offered three times a year in September, May and January. Our next training is scheduled for Jan. 2021.

Please contact Amanda Posila at the email listed on this page to learn more.

Online Training Institute Sponsorship Opportunities

CFJ offers expert level, virtual education opportunities throughout the year for an audience of professionals, students, and community members. Since its launch in Spring 2020, our Online Training Institute has reached an audience of 13,000+ individuals with over 2,400 participants engaged in our interactive webinars. Our goal is to break the cycle of violence by building healthy relationships, empowering communities, and mobilizing bystanders to speak out about abuse and violence. Topics covered include all forms of violence, working with underserved communities, the power of prevention, and more.

Sponsors have the opportunity to publicize their commitment to the work of addressing and ending violence, and their contributions allow us to reach a broader community by offering free registration. To see the full list of sponsorship opportunities and to sign up as a sponsor, you may view our Online Training Institute Sponsorship Deck here.

You may also contact Katelyn Owens at kowens@centerforfamilyjustice.org or 203-334-6154 x 132.


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Online Certification Training
    September 14, 2021 - October 2, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Details


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Online Certification Training
    September 14, 2021 - October 2, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Course Description – Online Training This state mandated online certification training is the first step for anyone interested in working directly with victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in Connecticut. Individuals can also take this training for professional development and a certificate of completion will be awarded after successful completion. (more…)


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • September 27, 2021
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Details


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • September 27, 2021
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and we need your help. Needed: Passionate individuals of all ages and industries who are willing to amplify the message of DVAM through their own connections and platforms. To Register: https://bit.ly/3Awp73f During this Event: We will introduce you to our 2021 DVAM Campaign and Days of Action and strategize (more…)


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Clinical Perspectives on Supporting Youth Mental Health After Abuse
    September 28, 2021
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Details


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Clinical Perspectives on Supporting Youth Mental Health After Abuse
    September 28, 2021
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

If you work with youth in a clinical setting, in programs, or at school, you can be certain that you are working with a number of young people at any given time who have experienced some form of abuse. In this 60 minute (live, virtual, and interactive) training, our Child Advocacy Clinician, Melissa Martinez M.A., (more…)


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Celebrating National Coming Out Day 2021
    October 11, 2021
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Details


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Celebrating National Coming Out Day 2021
    October 11, 2021
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with The Center for Family Justice as we run through some LGBTQ history, interesting conversations surrounding the language the community uses, and stories of coming out that can expand our mental imagery of queerness. Cost: $20 To Register: https://bit.ly/3x72RM2  About National Coming Out Day: First celebrated in the United States in (more…)


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Online Certification Training
    January 11, 2022 - January 29, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Details


Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Online Certification Training
    January 11, 2022 - January 29, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Course Description – Online Training This state mandated online certification training is the first step for anyone interested in working directly with victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in Connecticut. Individuals can also take this training for professional development and a certificate of completion will be awarded after successful completion. (more…)

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Let The Center for Family Justice become your lifeline.

Please call us today at 203-334-6154
Or 24/7 on a hotline:

Domestic violence: 203-384-9559
Sexual assault: 203-333-2233
Vedas (Spanish): 888-568-8332

Serving victims and raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull in Fairfield County