Training & Technical Assistance

This cornerstone includes our annual See the Girl Summit, annual Girl-Centered Practice Institute, and specialized trainings and technical assistance.

Annual Girl-Centered Practice Training Institute - August 10-14, 2020

The Girl-Centered Practice Institute (GCPI) is an innovative training program that educates participants about effective, research-based practices for addressing the needs of girls and young women who have experienced trauma and/or been impacted by the juvenile justice system.

Courses in the Girl-Centered Institute are designed to enhance the skills of professionals and students in the fields of education, social services, child protection, mental health, and juvenile justice, as well as volunteer mentors, coaches, and leaders involved with girl-serving organizations. GCI participants will become more effective in including girls’ voices in their work by learning strategies for translating research into policies, processes, programs, and services that emphasize the safety, dignity, and growth of girls.

Girl-Centered Practice is open to anyone with interest in creating supportive environments for girls and young women who have been impacted by trauma, including girls and young women in the juvenile justice or child protective systems.


Level 1: Seminar in Girl-Centered Practice, Aug.10-12, 2020

The 3-day Seminar in Girl-Centered Practice is open to anyone with an interest in creating supportive environments for girls and young women who have been impacted by the justice and child protective systems. This course is a prerequisite for Level 2: SAVVY Sister Certification. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. $495.00

Level 2: SAVVY Sister Certification, Aug. 13-14, 2020

The 2-day Certificate in Girl-Centered Practice builds on the concepts presented in the Level 1 Seminar in Girl-Centered Practice. Participants must complete Level 1 before beginning Level 2. $175.00

Questions? Call the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, 904-598-0901, or email

Annual See the Girl Summit


Technical Assistance

Training and technical assistance together is a core element of creating lasting systemic change in our community. The Policy Center recognizes that the development of girl-responsive tools and ongoing training and technical assistance are critical components to effectively meeting the needs of girls and young women, families, and the community.

Training and technical assistance help providers interact with girls in a girl-responsive manner, allowing our community to see the girl, not just the behavior.  This is especially important when interacting with girls who have experienced trauma.  Experiencing trauma can affect the way a girl or young woman perceives and responds to the world, yet staff is sometimes ill-equipped to respond in an effective manner.

The Policy Center offers organizational assessments, trainings, and technical assistance to help create environments that encourage girls and young women to grow and excel, and that assists in building staff capacity and skills.  Organizational assessments include on-site assessment of the gender-responsiveness of policies and practices through listening sessions with girls, staff and girl surveys, documentation review, interviews and facility observation. Findings will inform strategic planning and baseline for evaluation of impact of ongoing technical assistance after six months and one year.

Training that builds staff capacity and increases skills include the following:

  • Girl Matters: CORE Building Blocks for Creating a Gender-Responsive Culture
  • Understanding and Effectively Addressing Challenging Behaviors
  • SAVVY Sister Model Programming for Girls
  • Girl Matters: It’s Elementary
  • Girl Matters for Educators
  • Trauma-informed and Family Centered Services through a Gender Lens
  • Trauma Awareness
  • The Psychology of Human Trafficking

For information about Training and Technical Assistance, contact Vicky Basra, Senior Vice

Specialized Training Workshops

In partnership with Mental Health America, we put on day-long specialized workshops twice a year.  Past workshops include: Why Grief and Loss Make your Heart Sick with Dr. Amy Banks of the Jean Baker Miller Institute, Stop the Pain of Social Exclusion, and Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities.

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