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CENTRALIZED TRAINING INSTITUTE

centralized training institute

Prevention & intervention

In 1997, The Network launched the Centralized Training Institute (CTI) to respond to the on-going demand for professional domestic violence prevention and intervention training in Chicagoland. The trainings conducted by CTI are designed to improve the quality of domestic violence services provided to survivors by enhancing the understanding, expertise and skill sets of community members, advocates, organizers and professionals. CTI has three classrooms:

40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

The introductory certificate training required by the IDVA for new domestic violence professionals, including volunteers and interns.

Advanced 
Specialized
Training

Professional development trainings to improve the skills and knowledge of domestic violence workers and programs.

Allied 
Professional
Training

Professional development for communities, organizations and institutions that are interested in learning the dynamics of domestic violence and how to address it.

CTI is an official certified training site approved by the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP) Board and the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations to provide continuing education units (CEUs).

PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

In 1997, The Network launched the Centralized Training Institute (CTI) to respond to the on-going demand for professional domestic violence prevention and intervention training in Chicagoland. The trainings conducted by CTI are designed to improve the quality of domestic violence services provided to survivors by enhancing the understanding, expertise and skill sets of community members, advocates, organizers and professionals. CTI has three classrooms:

40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

The introductory certificate training required by the IDVA for new domestic violence professionals, including volunteers and interns.

Advanced Specialized Training

Professional development trainings to improve the skills and knowledge of domestic violence workers and programs.

Allied Professional Training

Professional development for communities, organizations and institutions that are interested in learning the dynamics of domestic violence and how to address it.

The CTI is an official certified training site approved by the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP) Board and the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations to provide continuing education units (CEUs).

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Centralized Training Institute provides innovative education by staying up to date with the changing needs and landscape of the anti-violence movement in Chicagoland and abroad to provide the best possible training programs. CTI is continuously improving and employing trauma-informed, culturally-humble best practices within our learning environment. CTI recognizes that domestic violence does not occur in a vacuum; violence is directly influenced by the structural, institutional, societal and cultural dynamics that impact the interpersonal relationships of the survivor, the person who harmed, and the community they live in. Because of this, CTI is committed to working with anti-oppression frameworks driven by transformative justice values for all training and education provided.

Our philosophy is based on these guiding principles

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS CAUSED BY GLOBAL SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION

The root causes of domestic violence are complex 
and also intertwined with global systemic issues.
This includes challenging forces like misogyny, 
heterosexism, genderism, white supremacy, and socioeconomic disparities.

EDUCATION DRIVEN BY TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE VALUES

Education is guided by our deep commitment to transformative justice values, which aim to eliminate violence. We don’t just focus on specific instances of 
harm; we strive to change the very conditions and 
societal dynamics that allow such harm to occur.

FIGHTING VIOLENCE THROUGH COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Trainings combat violence by promoting community skill building, violence prevention and intervention, and survivor support via healing resources. Trainings also promote divestment from institutions that perpetuate inequality and violence to ensure further harm doesn’t occur.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

At CTI, we’re committed to the best training programs, continually evolving to meet the changing needs of the 
anti-violence movement in Chicagoland and beyond. Our approach integrates trauma-informed, culturally humble 
best practices. We recognize that domestic violence is complex and influenced by societal, structural, and cultural dynamics. CTI embraces anti-oppression frameworks rooted in transformative justice for all our training and education.

These are our guiding principles:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS CAUSED BY GLOBAL SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION

The root causes of domestic violence are complex 
and also intertwined with global systemic issues. 
This includes challenging forces like misogyny, 
heterosexism, genderism, white supremacy, and socioeconomic disparities.

EDUCATION DRIVEN BY TRANSFORMATIVE VALUES

Education is guided by our deep commitment to transformative justice values, which aim to eliminate violence. We don’t just focus on specific instances of harm; we strive to change the very conditions and 
societal dynamics that allow such harm to occur.

FIGHTING VIOLENCE WITH COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Trainings combat violence by promoting community skill building, violence prevention and intervention, and survivor support via healing resources. Trainings also promote divestment from institutions that perpetuate inequality and violence to ensure further harm doesn’t occur.

REQUESTING TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The CTI staff and educators can work with you and your organization to provide training and continuing education that meets your specific needs. Each consultancy project is unique and created to meet your organization’s requirement.

Requesting Training and Technical Assistance

Education is guided by our deep commitment to transformative justice values, which aim to eliminate violence. We don’t just focus on specific instances of 
harm; we strive to change the very conditions and 
societal dynamics that allow such harm to occur.

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