YW Staff Profile: Amanda Mattingly

Amanda Mattingly

Pronouns: she/her/hers
ICAPP Supervisor

Amanda Mattingly is the ICAPP Supervisor for the Domestic Violence Services (DVS) department at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. In her role supervising ICAPP, which stands for Intensive Co-Assessment Planning Process, Amanda works with survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are experiencing housing instability using a trauma informed social justice lens and wellbeing orientation.

In addition, Amanda works on the DVS training team to train staff and community members on domestic violence, advocacy, and vicarious trauma. Amanda also sits on the Worcester Domestic Violence High Risk Team, the Housing Stability and Self-Sufficiency Sub-Committee of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and regularly attends community meetings such as the Coordinated Community Response Network (CCRN) and Continuum of Care (COC).

Where Did You Attend School?
UMass Amherst- English

How Long Have You Been At YWCA?
2 years

What’s The Best Part Of Your Job?
I love being able to witness when a survivor achieves their goals and feels empowered. I also really enjoy envisioning and working for a better world with my brilliant colleagues.

Who Inspires You?
The survivors I get to work with inspire me all the time with their courage, persistence, and wisdom.I am constantly learning from our participants!

What Song Empowers You?
Times Like These by Foo Fighters

What’s Your Favorite Quote?
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept” – Angela Davis

What Does The YWCA Mean To You?
The YW means a great deal to me – I have the opportunity to serve survivors, to think critically about how our culture and systems can change to prevent violence, and actively strive to shape a better world. I am lucky to be part of a great team!

About Amanda’s Program: ICAPP

Intensive Co-Assessment Planning Process (ICAPP) is a new pilot approach supporting sexual and domestic violence survivors, in four counties across Massachusetts (Worcester, Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin). ICAPP is an intensive, time-limited process to support positive outcomes and increase wellbeing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. ICAPP addresses some of the systemic fragmentation and inaccessibility that impedes survivors’ progress and access to housing. ICAPP is centered around using a Wellbeing Orientation which includes building on what’s going well in people’s lives and what’s working for them, in their family and community. ICAPP provides immediate intervention during approximately the first 24 hours when a Participant is in need of emergency housing. Over the following weeks, mid-term options are co-assessed, balancing the need for assessing the longer-term implications and tradeoffs of any decision with the need to focus on the here and now. The purpose of ICAPP is to join with the Participant and their family to determine what is needed in the immediate future, without having to make decisions that may trigger a cascade of events that are hard to undo or that have long-term consequences.


Girls Promoting Safety December Newsletter

Girls Promoting Safety group activity

Girls Promoting Safety Newsletter:

December 2019

GPS (Girls Promoting Safety) have been discussing and engaging in various activities since the beginning of the school year. Here are a few of the topics that have been addressed.


One of the first things students talked about in GPS was assertiveness. We discussed the definition of assertiveness, and how it requires a balance of being upfront about your own wants and needs, while also being respectful about the needs of others. Assertiveness can also be empowering because seeing someone stand up for themselves and clearly communicate their needs can inspire others to do the same.

GPS learn communication skills

We asked the girls to complete a survey to see how assertive they were, with questions such as “I ask my friends for a favor when I need one” and “When people hurt my feelings, I let them know how I feel”. This activity helped students explore their own assertiveness. Some felt like they were already confident enough to speaking up for themselves, while others realized it was something they need to work on.

To see what assertiveness looks like in real life, we did an activity where students got the chance to be on a panel and respond to scenarios that would require them to make potentially difficult decisions, such as:

“Today at lunch, I went to sit down at my normal table with my friends. When I sat down, nobody talked to me – and they ignored me for all of lunch! I have no idea what I did. I didn’t say anything at lunch because I felt uncomfortable, what should I do now?”

Students came up with creative ways to navigate these tricky situations, and talked about how important it is to stand up for yourself in their day to day life.

Healthy Relationships
Friendships, Family and Dating

We also talked with students the importance of healthy relationships and having a good support system. We asked them to talk about what are healthy and unhealthy qualities that make a healthy relationship. Some of the healthy qualities students brought up were honesty, communication, support, and respect. Some of the unhealthy qualities brought up were lies, disrespect, unsupportive and putting you down.

One of the activity students participated in when learning about healthy relationships was the “Talk Show Activity”, each student got the chance to be a “teen expert” on a talk show, and give advice on a number of different friendship scenarios that the audience would ask them, such as:

“A friend of mine has not been talking to me much lately. We have been best friends for more than two years. She is spending more time with another girl lately. I feel hurt and mad, but still wish she would be my friend. What should I do?”

“Lately, girls that I am friends with have stopped talking to me when we are in our friend group. Yet when they are on their own, they are friendly to me. What should I do?”

Student explored the ways they deal with situations and what kind of advice they give to their friends. It gave them a chance to reflect on their past and current friendships, and how they were already healthy or could be made stronger.

Girls Promoting Safety (GPS)
GPS is a strength-based violence prevention education program that uses evidence-based curricula to teach middle-school girls the resiliency skills needed to avoid being victims of violence and promote healthy relationships.  Learn more!