Survivors of Trauma Obtaining Resilience and Empowerment

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

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

MHAV is thankful to be one of 15 recipients in the U.S. awarded the ALKERMES Inspiration Grant™, which allows us to offer this training at no cost to participants. The 3-day training will be held in different regions of the state. Meals, lodging and transportation are all funded by the grant. This is a one year demonstration project, with 5 opportunities to participate. Space is limited to 12 people in each training.

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.


  • April 23-26, 2018 – Spring Grover (Surry County)   Apply Now
  • July 9-12, 2018 – Madison  Apply Now

(Re)STORE applicant requirements:

  1. Lived experience as a crime or trauma survivor
  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

Apply Now!