2022 Foundational Trainings

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2022 Foundational Trainings

Nonprofit and faith-based organizations play an integral role in supporting the needs of individuals and communities. Often, these needs stem from generational, interpersonal, systemic, and/or community trauma. To support organizations in addressing both the root causes and manifestations of trauma, FPWA offers a core set of capacity-building trainings, rooted in trauma-informed practices.

These free foundational trainings are available year-to-year and are open to both FPWA member and non-member organizations. The trainings are specifically designed to be relevant and applicable to staff at all levels and any type of role within a nonprofit or faith-based organization.

Upcoming Webinars

Workforce Support and Well-Being: Avoiding Burnout and Vicarious Trauma

Thursday, December 8 | 10 – 11:30 AM

Nonprofit services are essential, but the work can take a toll on staff. Join us on December 8th to learn how you can actively promote staff well-being and improve your organization’s response to the experience of compassion fatigue, burnout, and/or vicarious trauma.
Session Highlights:

-Understand the ins-and-outs of trauma-informed policies and procedures as Ivy Gamble Cobb from The Family Center walks us through their Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project.

-Hear from Piper Anderson from Create Forward on what it takes to establish the building blocks for a community of care and safety where everyone can learn, grow, and succeed in their roles.

-Gain insight into the benefits of Exhale to Inhale’s trauma-informed organizational wellness programs, which are designed to enhance physical and mental stress reduction, agency, and self-efficacy, and to support your team’s overall well-being.

Ivy Gamble Cobb, LMSW
Executive Director, The Family Center
Ivy Gamble Cobb, LMSW, is the Executive Director of The Family Center. The Family Center’s mission is to strengthen families affected by illness, crisis, or loss to create a more secure present and future for their children. The Family Center is a $7M agency of 50 staff serving over 5,000 New Yorkers and their families annually. Ms. Gamble Cobb was part of a team of four women who established The Family Center in 1994. She is featured in the videos “A Gift for My Children” and “Remember the Sun.” She has also co-authored articles on the issue of families affected by parental illness and bereaved children. In the last two years, The Family Center has added significant behavioral health services to agency offerings. Under Ms. Gamble Cobb’s tutelage, The Family Center now offers substance use support services and primary medical care screening in addition to legal, social and mental health services. Ms. Gamble Cobb received her Bachelor’s Degree from NYU and her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. She has earned credits towards a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently New York Life’s 2020 Love Takes Action Award.
Piper Anderson
Founder, Create Forward
Piper Anderson is a writer, coach, trainer, and Founder of Create Forward, a social impact firm delivering experiences that advance equity and justice. She brings 20 years of experience as a coach and facilitator for racial justice, community engagement, and conflict transformation. For ten years, Piper was a Professor at NYU’s Gallatin School and a founding member of the advisory board and faculty of NYU’s Prison Education Program. She is a New School Writing Democracy Fellow, a Culture Push Fellow for Utopian Practice, a TED Resident, Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a 2021 Radical Imaginational Fellow with The Laundromat Project. Piper has dedicated her life to providing leaders with the generative spaces and tools they need to build thriving communities and organizations.
Sophia Holly
Director of Community Partnerships, Exhale to Inhale
Sophia Holly is the Director of Community Partnerships and has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She is a 500-hour registered Yoga Instructor, with a specialty in trauma-informed yoga & pre-natal yoga. In addition to her yoga certifications, she has a Bachelor's in Health Promotion and Fitness from Keene State College and is a reiki master. She has taught in shelters, elementary and middle schools, privately, and in yoga studio settings. Sophia began teaching classes with ETI in 2017, became Program Manager in 2018, and is one of 5 yoga instructors in our 2020 Fellowship Program. Her overall mission is to help people connect to their bodies and access the limitless wisdom within while helping to eliminate barriers to accessing healing practices.




On-Demand Webinars

Voice and Choice: Centering People and Communities

Thursday, November 10 | 10 – 11:30 AM


What does it take to successfully create spaces where people feel seen and heard? What does it look like in practice to implement a people-centered approach to programs and services?

Watch this webinar to learn how four different nonprofit organizations are taking a trauma-responsive and people-centered approach to service delivery. In this FPWA Member Share Out, representatives from NMIC’s Domestic Violence Project, Forestdale, Inc., Graham and Mekong NYC will walk us through successes and challenges in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, practices and programs that center the people and communities they serve by honoring voice and choice.




Restorative Practices in Action

Thursday, October 20, 10 – 11:30 AM EST


What do restorative practices look like in action? Join us on October 20th for a conversation featuring practitioners of restorative practices from various settings. Moderator Mika Dashman, from The Restorative Justice Initiative, will lead a conversation with our panelists to gain insight into their on-the-ground experiences of implementing restorative practices in their respective organizations.


Trauma-Informed Service Delivery

Thursday, September 29, 10 – 11 AM EST



All human services organizations, regardless of their primary mission – legal services, foster care, elder care, mental health services, housing – can benefit from a trauma-informed approach. Many of the strategies and actions are free and can be effectively used by everyone at your organization.

During this training, learn what trauma-informed service delivery actually “looks like,” and walk away with specific strategies for “what you can do” and “what you can say” when working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

Understanding Toxic Stress and Trauma

Thursday, September 15, 10 – 11 AM EST


Everyone experiences stress, but there is a point in which prolonged exposure to adversity can cross into trauma. Interpersonal violence, racism, systemic oppression, and/or persistent community neglect can all be experienced as traumatic and have severe and long-lasting negative effects.

This training breaks down the definition and prevalence of trauma, its impact on a person’s brain, body, and behavior, and effective approaches to address it.


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For More Information contact Lauraliz Morales-Silva, Manager of Capacity Building