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Training Sessions Offered 

Our experienced professionals at Roni LifeWorks Training Center in Tacoma, WA offer a variety of training sessions to nonprofit organizations. 

Current training offered:

Trauma Informed-Care

This training provides an orientation and overview to Trauma Informed Care. 

Session 1, highlights how and why trauma manifests as it does and elevates the importance of and strategies to ensure we don’t re-traumatize the people with whom we work. 

Session 2, you will take a deeper dive into Trauma Informed Care, utilizing practical and real-world scenarios to hone your interactions with people experiencing the trauma of homelessness. This training will also explore the intersection of Trauma Informed Care with issues of behavioral health. Attendees will be asked to bring examples of program policies, forms and other tools to workshop applying trauma informed care with their daily practices.

DSHS-Mandated Training for New Employees (8 hours - package)

New employees often come to agencies without this state-mandated training. We offer affordable packaged sessions on the following topics:


This training covers all aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a law that that guarantees the legal privacy of medical records for those in the U.S. You learn about protected information, the proper procedures for accessing, copying and discussing medical records, and how to file complaints for HIPAA violations.

CPR and First Aid

This workshop teaches you the latest techniques, including proper administration of CPR, applying bandages, dressing burns, handling head and neck injuries, and other pertinent information.

Blood-Borne Pathogens

This training provides basic information about blood-borne pathogens, prevention, and transmission. You learn how to eliminate health risks by learning to handle blood properly.

CPS-Mandated Reporting

Participants view the official Child Protective Services informational video and then we discuss how to identify and report cases of child abuse. You learn the importance of being a mandated reporter.

Cultural Competency

Basic Cultural Competency 101 (4 hours)
This is an interactive training that defines and discusses cultural competency. The National Institutes of Health defines cultural competency as "the combination of a body of knowledge, a body of belief and a body of behavior" involving "a number of elements, including personal identification, language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions that are often specific to ethnic, racial, religious, geographic, or social groups." We teach that cultural competency is an ongoing process that takes continuous, dedicated work. This training serves as an introduction to methods for increasing cultural competency within job services and interpersonal relationships.

Advanced Cultural Competency 102 (4 hours)

This session builds on what was discussed in Cultural Competency 101. It involves more hands-on activities and the sharing of personal experiences. This training helps you develop strategies and tools for working with those with different backgrounds.

"Let's Celebrate Differences!": Working as an Ally to Join Forces (WAJF) (4 hours)

This training teaches you about allies, how to find them and how to support each other within our collective struggles for equality. You learn how to celebrate differences and use each other's strengths and weaknesses to better serve clients. 

Foster Care

Impact of Foster Care: Providing Support to African American Families (6 hours)

Foster care systems often are perceived as obscure, unfriendly and overwhelming. We highlight the fact that this system can actually benefit the family. This training outlines elements of foster care systems and how they impact African American families. This training includes an historical overview of how the foster care system has impacted African American families and how to effectively address existing tensions between African American communities and the system. You learn what to do and what not to do when working with African American families involved in the foster care system. 

People of Color Preparing for the Foster Care System: Entry to a New Home, Exiting the Old Home, Exiting to No Home, Reuniting to Home (6 hours)

This training provides clear and specific information on how providers can work with People of Color (POC) involved in foster care systems. You will learn the impacts of foster care on POC, how people from different cultures enter or exit a home, how providers can best assist and prepare POC families for entering the foster care system, what happens when the foster care system is unable to find a home for a child, and what happens when a child re-enters the home after adapting to a different culture and way of life.

Residential and Non-Residential Programs

Residential Advocates (RA Certification) (2 days, 8 hours)

This hands-on training is for nonprofit residential programs serving adult or youth populations. You will learn how to encourage and support your individual agency and create meaningful activities for a variety of clients. You learn how to properly file CPS paperwork and document incident reports for underage runaways.

Street Outreach Advocates (SOA Certification) (2 days, 8 hours)

This session focuses on safety while performing outreach. You learn how to perform accurate research, establish reliable networks in the streets, and address issues of burnout. You are required to perform 3 hours of street outreach before receiving a certificate.

Securing Your Program (Milieu Management) (6 hours)

It is very important to maintain a safe and supportive residential or drop-in center milieu within any human services program. We address how to regulate the milieu of your particular program. You learn and practice ways to de-escalate, secure milieu, interact with clients in milieu, and prevent out of control situations.

Serving Healthy Meals for Your Program (4 hours)

This training teaches you how to build healthy meal plans for your program and shop for food on a tight budget. We teach you how to prepare low-cost healthy meals and provide you with information on where to go to save money for your program. You will be given an up-to-date list of local organizations that offer free or low-cost food. All examples provided meet the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) guidelines for menu planning.

Applying Harm Reduction and Low Barrier Methods (5 hours)

This session explains the Harm Reduction Coalition’s harm reduction method, an approach used with substance abusers. This method promotes healthy lifestyles and integrates strategies to decrease substance use. This interactive training provides strategies for working in a residential setting.

Domestic Violence DV 101 & 102 (20 hours)

This training covers the signs, symptoms and impacts of domestic violence, including physical, emotion, and sexual abuse, and the various manifestations of abuse. You will learn about the cycle of violence and ways to identify an abuser, cultural competency, the myths and realities surrounding domestic violence, and the difficulties survivors face when they are leaving a dangerous relationship.

Impact of Domestic Violence: Transitioning Women of Color to Safety (4 hours)

This training focuses on how domestic violence impacts women of color, particularly African American women. We emphasize how to prioritize safety while addressing cultural differences. There will be an in-depth discussion on the impact of domestic violence within marginalized communities and the specific cultural reasons some stay with or defend abusive partners.

Safety Planning (4 hours)

This training is ideal for advocates and case managers working with domestic violence survivors. In this workshop, you learn about creating effective safety plans, discouraging doubt while fostering preparedness, and empowering survivors. We discuss how to develop safety plans for survivors when they are at home, in their cars, workplaces, or online. Our course will emphasize the role social media plays in domestic violence and stalking situations.

Legal Advocacy 101 (4 hours)

Legal Advocates are there to assist and support vulnerable clients through their legal proceedings. They are not attorneys. Their responsibility is to ensure that clients have adequate information in order to make secure decisions regarding their legal counsel. This is an introductory course into the basics of legal advocacy. You must complete advanced training to receive a certificate. 

Advanced Legal Advocacy 102 (Certification) (8 hours)

In this interactive workshop, legal professionals present and discuss their experiences regarding domestic violence and the law. You will get firsthand accounts of legal advocacy for domestic violence survivors.

Case Management

Case Managing 101 (Certification)

Case managers are responsible for the assessment, evaluation, and service coordination of individual client and family cases. Often, case managers are undertrained when it comes to documentation and case write-ups. What models are you using to consistently document cases? How do you follow up with new and repeat clients? In this workshop, you get to address these questions and more, while developing new tools for improving your case management skills.

Case Managing 102 (Certification)

In this training, you learn how to properly prepare and file exit paperwork. We discuss options, such as exiting to jobs or schools, with or without housing, and what a successful exit looks like in these scenarios. You learn how to record necessary information and discuss cases where information was not documented properly.

Group Facilitation

Group Facilitating 101 (Certification)

An expert in the field with more than 15 years of group facilitating experience leads this training. You learn what makes a good group, certain types of personalities that reveal themselves in groups, and how to work with difficult or disruptive personalities.

Advanced Group Facilitating 102 (Certification)

Group Facilitating 101 is a prerequisite for this workshop. As a part of this advanced training, you get the opportunity to conduct an actual group session based on the skills learned in the previous training.

Job Burnout/Stressors

How to Avoid Burnout and Recover

According to the Mayo Clinic, job burnout is when you are so emotionally, physically, or mentally exhausted that you begin doubting your competency. This workshop helps you identify the signs and red flags of burnout. Burnout often appears in a cyclical pattern. It is more serious than ordinary exhaustion from a hard day's work. Burnout can have significant psychological impacts on you and those around you. Through interactive discussions, you will learn how to determine burnout and how to address it. You will practice implementing personalized self-care routines to recover from and prevent burnout.

Circle of Affirmation: All About Soothing Music and Meditation!

A fun and interactive group training that focuses on light meditation and the healing powers of music. This is one of our most popular and requested trainings. You get the opportunity to de-stress and share your favorite music for relaxation. We emphasize taking pride in yourself and how you walk in this world. Come ready to relax, have fun, and enjoy yourself!


This hands-on training session teaches you how to be a better self-care practitioner. We emphasize building resources and healthy habits. As a group, we work together to create lists of resources and methods for self-care that are tailored to your specific needs.


In addition, we offer consulting services for new nonprofits. Consultations are available to shelters, residential programs, and transitional living programs offering domestic violence and youth services. Our services include a comprehensive walk-through of the program site, WAC code violation/adherence guidance, meal planning assistance, and a fire hazards and disability accessibility assessment. We also review the program’s cultural competency, emphasizing inclusionary services for POC and LGBTQ communities.

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