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...

*14 hours VCB-approved continuing education credit will be awarded to Virginia Certified Peer Recovery Specialists*


  • November 11-14, 2019 - Harrisonburg (Retreat)

(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

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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.

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  • November 2019 Online Application - Deadline has passed
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