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Trauma-Informed Resilience Training


Survivors of Trauma Obtaining Resilience and Empowerment

Mental Health Virginia (MHV) provides a recovery training program for Virginia residents who have been a victim of crime or are in recovery from trauma and associated mental health challenges.

ReSTORE retreat activity

The (Re)STORE program uses Peer Recovery Specialists to facilitate trauma-informed training and recovery support for crime or trauma survivors anywhere in Virginia. MHV is known for its mental health recovery and empowerment trainings, provided throughout Virginia and funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health for over 15 years. (Re)STORE adapts MHV’s recovery programming to help fill the gap in community mental health recovery services for adults who have been affected by crime or are in recovery from trauma. The goal is to facilitate ongoing recovery by using a strengths-based approach to empower individuals toward self-advocacy.

MHV was one of 15 recipients in the U.S. awarded an ALKERMES Inspiration Grant™ in 2016, which allowed us to create and provide this special training for Virginia residents. Training sessions have continued and been updated with federal funding from the Victims of Crime Act through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Referrals are encouraged from Victim Witness Programs, Domestic and Sexual Assault Crisis Centers, local Community Services Boards, advocates and service providers throughout Virginia.

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Join us and build your community connections! The (Re)STORE series of programs includes a 90-minute introductory webinar, a 4-hour virtual training and culminates with a 2-day in-person retreat.


Format: This live 90-minute webinar is free of charge and intended for Virginia crime and/or trauma survivors.

Topics include: Trauma and stress, grief and loss, wellness and resilience


Format: This live virtual training is free of charge and intended for Virginia crime and/or trauma survivors. This is a 4-hour, multi-part training requiring attendance for two hours on two days.

Topics include: Trauma awareness, self-compassion, self-awareness


Format: This 2-day retreat is intended for Virginia crime and/or trauma survivors. A scholarship includes tuition, materials, lodging, meals and reimbursement of 1 roundtrip transportation expenses, if applicable.

Topics include: Trauma awareness, mindfulness, wellness, resilience

For the best understanding of the material, we encourage you to attend all three of our (Re)STORE programs in sequential order, however it is not mandatory to do so. Space is limited and each (Re)STORE program has its own time commitment. A separate application to attend is required for each program.

2024 Schedule

(Re)STORE: Sampler
January 17
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

(Re)STORE: Essentials
February 7 and 14
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

(Re)STORE: Sampler
April 10
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

(Re)STORE: Essentials
May 8 and 15
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

(Re)STORE: Retreat
June 8 – 10

(Re)STORE: Retreat

Saturday, June 8 – Monday, June 10

This free retreat will take place in Montpelier, VA from Saturday at 1:00 PM until Monday at 1:00 PM. Space is very limited. 

Intended audience: Crime and/or trauma survivors in Virginia. You must be a Virginia resident to attend. 

Topics include: Trauma awareness, mindfulness, wellness, resilience

Facilitators: Kevin Kelly, CPRS and Jamie Reavis, CPRS

CEUs: 8 VCB-approved hours of education

“The space felt safe and brave, encouraged open discussion and input from participants, and provided follow-up opportunities (extended trainings). “

(Re)STORE: Sampler Participant

“Learning some new tips and tricks about trauma and supporting others with trauma issues. “

(Re)STORE: Essentials Participant

“The presenters were great- they explained everything well and brought applicable real life examples. They were great at engaging with us as well. “

(Re)STORE: Sampler Participant

This project was supported in part by VSGP grant no.20-A4722VP18 awarded by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services (DCJS) from funds authorized by the federal Office on Victims of Crime, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and awarded to Virginia by the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of DCJS or the U.S. Department of Justice.