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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. Over 130 schools, organizations, and institutions have worked 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 Community Awareness and Prevention Services (CAPS) program provides education and training to schools, college campuses, police, businesses, community-based organizations, and communities. 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. Training 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

The CAPS 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.

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.

Consent
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 Staff

For Staff

Responding to Disclosures
Learn an innovative model for responding to a disclosure of sexual violence. It stresses the importance of a supportive response to reduce trauma and encourage the survivor to seek further care.

Online course

First Responders: Responding to Sexual Assault Disclosures

This course presents an innovative model for responding to a disclosure of sexual violence. Designed specifically for staff in college and university settings, it is an essential tool for creating a safe point of entry for anyone choosing to disclose the sexual violence they experienced. It stresses the importance of a supportive response to reduce secondary trauma and to encourage the survivor to seek further care. This approach trains staff to respond to disclosures emphasizing four key areas: Safety, Empowerment, Empathy, and Knowledge (SEEK). This course was developed by staff of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in collaboration with the New England Adolescent Research Institute (NEARI) with funding from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Time: one to two hours
Credits: APA, NASW and LMHC Continuing Education Credits are available for a small fee

Learn more and take the course now. You will be taken to the NEARI website, which is hosting this course.

This project was partially supported by Grant No. 2005-WA-AX-0015 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women and the U.S. Department of Justice.  Points of view in this course are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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