Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

Trainings, CEs & Certifications

Trainings, CEs and Certifications

We offer specialized trainings, certifications, and continuing education credits for a variety of professions working in fields related to violence, abuse and trauma. Contact Patricia Smith for more information at


FVSAI and IVAT provide:

  • Continuing Education and training opportunities to professionals and front-line practitioners in the fields of violence, abuse and trauma
  • Continuing Education Co-Sponsorships available
  • Annual International Summits
  • Regional conferences and workshops, held worldwide
  • A Speaker’s Bureau for professional trainings worldwide


4 IVAT Specialty Certifications available for mental health and other professionals in Domestic Violence Offender Treatment, Child Custody Evaluations, Trauma Care, and Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Training (CAAST).



REFUND POLICY: Continuing Education (CE) fees are non-refundable, but transferable. Contact Summits & Training Manage Patricia Smith at for more details.


IVAT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IVAT maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.


IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737).

IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600).


IVAT is approved by the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to offer continuing education for certified alcohol and drug counselors (Provider #1S-03-499-0217). 

IVAT is approved by the National Association of Social Workers - CA (CA BBS, NASW, NV Board) to offer continuing education for LCSWs, IMFs, and LPCCs.

All IVAT sponsored Professional Training workshops are continuing education opportunities

IVAT also will co-sponsor other organizations' conferences or training workshops to offer continuing education. If you would like IVAT to co-sponsor your conference or training workshop to offer continuing education, please contact the Training and Continuing Education Coordinator at or (858) 771-9568.

Training with Sexual Assault Prevention and Response