Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV) announces a recovery training program for people who have been a victim of crime or are in recovery from trauma and associated mental health challenges.

Format: This retreat-style program includes lodging, meals, course materials and tuition. Participants are expected to arrange their own transportation to the program.

Topics include: Intro to trauma, trauma and the brain, grief and loss, self advocacy, mindfulness...

(Re)STORE applicant requirements:

  1. Lived experience as a survivor of trauma/traumatic events and/or crime
  2. Complete the application and self-assessment questions
  3. Proof of Virginia residency
  4. Two references that can attest to the applicant’s individual recovery and qualities in a group dynamic

Survivors of Trauma Obtaining Resilience and Empowerment

The (Re)STORE program uses Peer Recovery Specialists to facilitate trauma-informed training and recovery support for crime or trauma survivors anywhere in Virginia. MHAV 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 MHAV’s current 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.

MHAV 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 3-day training in different regions of the state.

Referrals are encouraged from Victim Witness Programs, Domestic and Sexual Assault Crisis Centers, local Community Services Boards, advocates and service providers throughout Virginia. Participants must complete an application process and provide references at least 30 days in advance of a training.

New! Monthly Virtual Peer Support Group

Second Sundays at 6 PM on Zoom

(Re)STORE graduates are invited to our new monthly virtual peer support group to walk with you on your path to resilience and recovery.

Please join us on the second Sunday of each month at 6 PM. Our first meeting will take place in November 2021. Mark your calendar and be on the lookout for your email invitation!


*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.