Training & Advocacy Center

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Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence provides training and technical assistance to individuals and communities who are seeking to increase their understanding of sexual violence and enhance their skills in supporting survivors of sexual violence.

Our trainings are victim/survivor-centered, research informed, and best practice based. The Alliance staff is invested in tailoring all trainings to meet the needs of our audiences; therefore, the length and content are developed to meet your specific training needs. Trainings can be anywhere from one hour to multiple days in length. The Alliance is committed to providing trainings that meet the needs of communities working to support survivors and end sexual violence.

Upcoming Trainings

Prevention is Possible: Shifting the Focus

April 25, 2017 // 9:30 am – 12:30 pm // Register Here

This professional development workshop offers participants ways in which they can engage in sexual violence prevention. Participants will explore common myths, attitudes, and beliefs associated with sexual violence, and will discuss the ways in which primary prevention differs from “risk reduction” strategies. Through interactive exercises and self-assessment, participants will leave with tactics for becoming an active bystander and engaging in sexual violence prevention in their professional and personal lives.

Sexual Violence Dynamics and Intervention Strategies

May 2, 2017 // 9:30 am – 3:30 pm // Register Here

This training will equip caring professionals with the skills necessary to supportively respond to clients who may have experienced sexual violence. The training will include information about the dynamics of sexual violence, tips for handling disclosures, and the unique challenges facing trauma survivors. Participants will learn how to make informed referrals to existing sexual assault crisis services and explore strategies for developing partnerships with sexual assault crisis programs.

The Intersections of Anti-LGBTQ Bias and Sexual Violence

June 6, 2017 // 9:30 am – 12:30 pm // Register Here

Sexual violence impacts all communities, however not all survivors have equal access to services after an assault. This training will examine the impact of anti-LGBTQ bias on the lives of LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. Participants will learn about relevant terminology and intervention strategies that are LGBTQ inclusive.

Sexual Assault Interventions for Law Enforcement: POSTC Re-Certification

June 27, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am // Register Here
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm // Register Here

This training will equip law enforcement officers with the skills necessary to supportively respond to victims of sexual violence in the course of their work. The training will include information about the dynamics of sexual violence, how to partner with local sexual assault crisis programs, and how to make informed referrals to other services for victims and their families. The training will also explore the ways that trauma can impact interviews and investigations, and provide strategies to sensitively overcome common barriers. A review of existing laws, best practices, and answers to the most common questions posed by the law enforcement community will also be provided during the training.

Instructions and Policies

The Training & Advocacy Center is located at 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford. When arriving for trainings, please enter through the 98 Pitkin Street entrance to the left of The Alliance’s entrance and walk down the hall. Parking is available in any unmarked space at the front of the building. Additional parking is to the right of the building.

Connecticut CEU Provider Policy

As noted in PA 10-38 (Licensure of Master and Clinical Social Work) and NASW’s State of Connecticut Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider Policy, continuing education hours can only be awarded if an attendee successfully completes the entire training; therefore, full attendance in the entire training activity is required. Participants who arrive late, miss any portion of the training, or leave early will not be eligible for continuing education hours.