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Free Self-Defense and Creative Writing Workshop

IMPACT self-defense workshop

BARCC is proud to partner again with the YWCA Boston and IMPACT to provide a free self-defense and creative writing workshop for individuals in Cambridge. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cambridge Arts, these classes are intended to help people find the strength of their bodies and the power of their words.   

At BARCC, we know that the responsibility for preventing harassment and violence lies solely with the people causing harm, and survivors are never at fault. At the same time, many people, including survivors and people who work with survivors, find it empowering to explore their power through self-defense. BARCC supports people in exploring whatever avenues feel right to them in pursuing healing and safety.

The IMPACT program teaches people tools to resist violence and communicate assertively under stress. In IMPACT self-defense workshops, people learn by doing—you’ll get to practice physical and verbal self-defense skills with an instructor who is trained to support survivors. Facilitators portray a realistic attacker and coach people through the process.

After learning and practicing the skills to resist violence, in-class writing exercises will give you the opportunity to explore the experience of learning to protect your body. This workshop is open to beginners, experienced writers, and everyone in between. People of all genders, ages, races, and abilities are welcome.

What you need to know

When: Sunday August 20, 2017, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Where: YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)
To register: Preregistration is required. Call 781-321-3900 or e-mail

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Posted by Steph Trilling

Steph Trilling
Steph Trilling formerly served as BARCC's director of Community Awareness and Prevention Services. After originally joining BARCC as a medical advocacy volunteer, Steph held many roles while on staff between 2008 and 2017: prevention educator, community rabble-rouser, youth worker, and clinician. She has coauthored several curricula used throughout Massachusetts, including BE SAFE, the Trauma and Resiliency Training Institute, and the Can We Talk series, all emphasizing self-awareness, positive youth development, and resiliency. Steph has served on the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter’s Nominations and Leadership Identification Committee. She earned a master’s degree from Salem State University's School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in history and education from UMass Amherst.

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