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Education and Prevention

Trainings and Workshops

“It’s so wonderful to have BARCC as such a robust, welcoming community resource.” Ashleigh Hala, Babson College

Sexual violence can be stopped. Hundreds of schools, organizations, and institutions work with BARCC to bring sexual violence prevention training and programs to their community. You can be a part of this movement to end sexual violence and make your community a safer space.

BARCC’s education and prevention team provides workshops and trainings to schools, college campuses, police, businesses, community-based organizations, and other community groups. Some trainings that cover counseling and BARCC services are led by BARCC's clinical staff. Our trainings cover how to respond appropriately to survivors of sexual assault and how to create school and workplace cultures that reduce the occurrence of sexual assault in the first place. Facilitators and speakers are either BARCC staff or community volunteers. Speakers from BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau also are available to go into the community to share their personal experiences with sexual violence—including reflections on the incident, the aftermath, and the road to recovery.

We offer trainings in several areas:

  • Responding to disclosures of rape and sexual assault
  • Beginning and advanced clinical training for clinical professionals
  • Organizational policy development and review on responding to and preventing sexual violence
  • Understanding the dynamics of sexual assault

Our staff have particular expertise in working with youth and adults who work with them; immigrant communities; college students, faculty and staff; and professional staff such as police, health-care providers, and social service agencies.  

Request a speaker, workshop, or training. We can also work with you to develop a custom workshop, training, seminar, or presentation on any topic relating to sexual violence. You can reach us at 617-492-8306 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss your needs. All BARCC services and workshops are free and confidential. We seek to serve and empower all members of our communities. If you have concerns or questions about accommodations, feel free to contact us. 

Trainings and workshops we offer

BARCC staffer presenting Bystander training next to big poster paper with writing on it

For All

Bystander Intervention
Prevent sexual violence before it happens. Discussion and activities use an evidence-based approach to address why some people do or do not feel comfortable intervening. Participants will leave with concrete tools and interventions they can use every day.

Survivor Speakers
Dialogue with survivors and learn how sexual assault impacts their lives and how they are healing. Opportunity for Q&A to learn how to support survivors.

BARCC services
This training is open to anyone and gives an overview of BARCC services. Training can be provided in English or Spanish. 

For Youth (12+)

For Youth (12+)

Respecting Boundaries
Discuss and understand the importance of respecting boundaries with friends and peers. Youth will have the opportunity to practice having conversations with one another about boundaries through realistic scenarios and role plays.

Help young people develop a fuller understanding of sexual consent within a relationship. Young people will learn and discuss factors that might influence someone’s ability to make an informed and healthy decision to engage in sexual activity.

For Professionals

For Professionals

Responding to Disclosures
Learn an effective model for responding when someone tells you they've experienced sexual violence. It stresses the importance of a supportive response to reduce trauma and encourage the survivor to seek further care.

Counseling and Coping Skills
A clinical introductory training for anyone interested in developing basic crisis counseling skills and interventions specific to sexual violence. This training will define crisis counseling and the role of a crisis counselor.

Clinical Skills: Intro-Advanced
This training explores the dynamics of sexual violence so attendees can learn to respond appropriately. This training also helps to build clinical skills to aid clients through the healing process by reducing the impacts of trauma on their lives.

Working with Male Survivors
Research shows that one in six boys and men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. This training explores the contexts in which male sexual victimization occurs and explores clinical considerations in working with this population.

Access to Forensic Information (AFI) Training
Trainees learn basic information about sexual assault forensics in Massachusetts and the process by which evidence is collected and used in the criminal justice system after a sexual assault. It also includes how survivors can access their critical forensic information.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Summer Institute
This 40-hour training provides a unique opportunity for professionals to develop skills for preventing and responding to sexual violence. For more information and to apply, visit the Summer Institute page.

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