Training & Technical Assistance

MCEDV offers training, consultation and technical assistance to statewide and multi-regional entities, seeking to improve their responses to domestic abuse. We also support the work of our members, who provide these same services in their local communities.

From general education and awareness-building around the issue, to highly specialized policy development and focused problem-solving, we work to foster a coordinated community response to domestic abuse—one that promotes both safety for victims, and accountability for abusers.

We provide training for a variety of audiences, including:

  • Medical professionals
  • Employers
  • Faith communities
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Behavioral health professionals
  • Professional associations

Examples of ongoing MCEDV training offerings:

  • Maine Criminal Justice Academy – Basic Law Enforcement Training Program
  • Maine Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Child & Family Services – Basic and Advanced Caseworker Trainings
  • Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles – Responding to Abuse in the Workplace for New Employees
  • Maine Department of Transportation – Responding to Abuse in the Workplace for Supervisors & Managers
  • Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program – Responding to Abuse in the Health Care Setting

These are just a few examples of our training work. We provide topic-specific trainings on request.

For information about statewide or multi-region options available through MCEDV, please contact us at [email protected], or visit our blog.

For information about options available on the community level, please contact your local Domestic Violence Resource Center.


Update re: 2020 licensure requirements for social workers, counselors and psychologists:

MCEDV played a key role in the legislation that developed the new intimate partner violence training requirements for mental health clinicians.

Starting in 2020, LCSWs and LCPCs will be required to demonstrate that they have received 12 hours of continuing education around intimate partner violence, and psychologists will have to demonstrate completion of 3 hours of training.

Since the legislation passed, MCEDV and our members have been offering periodic trainings to contribute toward these requirements, and we have worked collaboratively with community partners, mental health clinicians, and advocates to produce a complete 12-hour training curriculum to meet the 2020 licensure requirements. That curriculum launched in 2018, and we are currently scheduling offers across the state.

Please stay tuned to our blog for updates, and about trainings as they become available.

Current Trainings for 2020:

  •  Through These Doors is hosting the full curriculum, on February 27th & March 20th, sponsored by KidsPeace, located at Husson College in Westbrook.  The original date of February 13th has been cancelled due to weather.  Please contact Margaret Mitschele by calling 207-771-5700 ext: 5714  OR emailing [email protected] to register, be added to the waitlist, or for more information.
  •  New Hope for women is hosting the full curriculum, on March 12th & 13th, sponsored by the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, located in Belfast.  Click here to learn more.
  •  New Hope for women is hosting the full curriculum, on September 10th & 11th, sponsored by the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, located in Belfast.  More information coming soon!