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 centered on victims/survivors, informed by research, and based on best practices. 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 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

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Sexual Violence Interventions and Survivor Support Strategies

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

This workshop is geared towards non-clinicians who are seeking a deeper understanding of sexual violence and practical skills to support survivors. Elise Delacruz, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at The Alliance, will delve into the impacts of sexual violence. Participants will have an opportunity to learn easy trauma-informed intervention methods.

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Considerations for Serving Trans Survivors

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

According to the 2013 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 50% of Trans people in the United States had experienced a sexual assault at some point in the lifetime. Trans people experience extremely high rates of violence, but are often met with discrimination when seeking services. J.D. Melendez will discuss the dynamics of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) communities as well as the barriers they face when accessing services. This interactive training will cover up-to-date definitions, statistics and best practices when working with TGNC survivors of sexual violence. Participants will also learn how they can provide more comprehensive and culturally responsive services to ensure that TGNC survivors will be treated with respect and dignity.

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Men’s Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Men’s Advisory Council is seeking more members! This group helps The Alliance engage local men with the anti-sexual violence movement by providing feedback related to outreach efforts, the creation of new resource materials and the Where Do You Stand? Connecticut bystander intervention campaign. Men’s Advisory Council meetings are open to anyone who self-identifies as a man and is interested in sexual violence prevention.

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The Connection Between Rape Culture, Prevention and Bystander Intervention

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In order to end sexual violence, society must not only interrupt perpetration but also stop the culture that supports sexual violence. Often referred to as rape culture, this culture normalizes a lack of consent as a regular part of sexual encounters and puts the onus on potential victims to prevent violence. Elise Delacruz, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at The Alliance, will focus on the interaction between rape culture, primary prevention and bystander intervention. Participants will gain tools to craft their own primary prevention strategy that addresses rape culture with a deep understanding of primary prevention.

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Intersections of Oppression and Sexual Violence

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Training participants will explore how oppression and discrimination based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability and other identities may present barriers to survivors. Elise Delacruz, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at The Alliance, will offer a critical lens to working with oppressed groups and develop vital skills for working to address and overcome these barriers.

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The Impact of Sexual Violence and Trauma on Parenting

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

The trauma of sexual violence impacts every aspect of a survivor’s life and parenting can trigger trauma in unexpected ways. Shamika Vargas, LCSW will review popular parenting curricula and provide strategies on how to help survivors manage their trauma while parenting to the best of their abilities. This workshop is not for parents seeking to fulfill court-mandated parenting classes.

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Men’s Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Men’s Advisory Council is seeking more members! This group helps The Alliance engage local men with the anti-sexual violence movement by providing feedback related to outreach efforts, the creation of new resource materials and the Where Do You Stand? Connecticut bystander intervention campaign. Men’s Advisory Council meetings are open to anyone who self-identifies as a man and is interested in sexual violence prevention.

Register Here


Sexual Violence Interventions and Survivor Support Strategies

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

This workshop is geared towards non-clinicians who are seeking a deeper understanding of sexual violence and practical skills to support survivors. Elise Delacruz, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at The Alliance, will delve into the impacts of sexual violence. Participants will have an opportunity to learn easy trauma-informed intervention methods.

Register Here

Instructions and Policies

Directions and Parking

The Training & Advocacy Center is located at 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108. When arriving for trainings, please enter through the 98 Pitkin Street entrance. This doorway is to the left of The Alliance’s main entrance. Walk down the hall until you arrive at our side entrance on the right. Parking is available in any unmarked space at the front of the building. Additional parking is to the right of the building. Please carpool when possible.


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.


Underserved Communities Grant Policy

Some projects are supported by Grant No. 2013-WF-AX-0032 awarded by the state administrating office for the Justice Assistance Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these programs are those of the sponsors and do not reflect the views of the State of Connecticut or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Justice Programs.