Education and Training

"The training certainly went above and beyond my expectations! The staff, agenda, and knowledge shared by the group made this a remarkable and memorable experience."
-Summer 2015 Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Participant

As a source of community expertise on relationship violence issues, Sarah's Inn regularly offers community and professional classes.

Our Certifications

The Illinois Certified Professional Domestic Violence Board has approved Sarah’s Inn as an official training site for Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals and Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professionals.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Training For Volunteers

We offer Domestic Violence Advocacy Training three times each year to Sarah’s Inn volunteers who want to work directly with clients and increase their knowledge of domestic violence issues. This interactive training utilizes group discussions, role playing, and experiential learning activities to increase understanding. Topics covered include crisis counseling, anti-racism, cultural awareness, the effects of domestic violence on children, mandated reporting, teen dating violence, legal issues and domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and a variety of other topics. Participants who complete the training are certified as domestic violence advocates in the State of Illinois.

Learn more about the next Domestic Violence Advocacy Training class: Volunteer

Specialized Training For Professionals And Community Groups

Sarah's Inn teaches specialty classes on an as-needed basis to professionals and community groups, including police, healthcare professionals, and places of faith. To learn more about how Sarah's Inn can equip your employees or community group to respond to violence, please contact Colleen Sutkus, Director of Training and Education, at 708-386-3305 x1026 or csutkus(at)

PAIP Facilitator Training

The PAIP Facilitator Training provides individuals with the essential skills and tools necessary to  facilitate partner abuse intervention groups, reviews the Illinois Partner Abuse Protocol, and teaches best practices for group co-facilitation.
Learning Objectives:
· Comprehend the key objectives of the Illinois Department of Human Services Protocol
· Demonstrate an understanding of essential PAIP curriculum components
· Exhibit an understanding of an effective group process with appropriate co-facilitation skills
· Understand and gain the tools to engage with difficult participants
· Be familiar with PAIP Program Requirements and Reporting
Target Audience for PAIP Facilitator Training:
Professionals who work with, or intend to work with, perpetrators of domestic violence. ICDVP and CPAIP CEUs are available.
Sarah’s Inn is a certified training provider for the 20-Hour PAIP Facilitator Training through the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals Board.

Upcoming PAIP Facilitator Trainings:
August 3-5
December 7-9
April 5-7, 2017

All sessions run from 9AM-5PM. Location TBA.

For more information, contact Colleen Sutkus, Director of Training & Education, at (708) 386-3305, x.1026 or via email at csutkus(at)