Training & Adult Programs
We are proud to offer a wide variety of professional training programs. These trainings aim to give professionals the skills to combat issues of domestic and sexual violence in their daily practice, including sensitively responding to victims, increased collaboration with the community safety net of victim services, and knowing how to make appropriate referrals to the Center. Additionally, these trainings allow us to collaborate with local systems and institutions in order to ensure that they are adequately addressing the problem of domestic and sexual violence. Trainings are created for each individual audience to meet their needs. Trainings can be offered for all types of professionals, including: healthcare professionals, educators, higher education administrators, beauty professionals and hair stylists, law enforcement, and social service providers. Additionally, we offer education and outreach programs for adults and the community. We welcome the opportunity to come to your community organization or group to let you know about our services and our issues. Groups that we have worked with before include, PTAs, places of worship, service clubs, corporations, and any gathering of adults interested in our issues.
Some of our most popular professional trainings include:
Responding to Domestic Violence in Healthcare Settings
This training discusses the health impacts of domestic violence and the importance of universal screening by healthcare providers. Healthcare providers will learn about the specific health consequences of domestic violence, their role in responding to disclosures, and recommendations for patient screenings.
Child Sexual Abuse: Dynamics, Response, & Prevention
This training will equip professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to supportively respond to students/children who disclose abuse. The training will include information about the dynamics of child sexual abuse, warning signs and identification, primary prevention strategies, and the impact of trauma on survivors during and after experiencing sexual assault. This training fulfills the requirement of providing instructional modules for teachers on child sexual abuse as per Section 17a-101q of the Connecticut General Statutes, A Statewide K-12 Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention & Awareness Program.
Sexual Harassment Prevention & Response Training for Employees and/or Employers
The cost of sexual harassment for victims is clear, but the economic burden for companies is often forgotten. In 2015, the EEOC recovered $164.5 million for workers alleging harassment. Training on such issues is critical to a productive, efficient, and safe work environment for all. During this training, participants will:
- Explore dynamics of harassment in the workplace and its impact
- Review the definition of sexual harassment & examples
- Review policies & procedures
- Discuss what to do if you are being harassed
- Resources and supporting victims
Employers will leave with an increased understanding of best practices for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, as outlined in the EEOC Select Taskforce on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Additionally, we will work directly with each employer to include their specific policies and procedures to review with participants as part of this training.
Sensitive Response to Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault
This training explores the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and sexual assault, identifying and responding to a victim, and appropriate referrals. This training can be specifically tailored for social workers, counselors, health care providers, police, EMTs, lawyers, massage therapists, hair stylists, and other professionals. For hair stylists and massage therapists, research has highlighted these professions as likely to receive disclosures because of their intimate professional-client relationships.
Left: Our Director of Education, Training & Outreach, Ann, with the New Milford Rotary Club, after speaking at their monthly meeting.
Right: Our Director of Education & Training, Ann, with First Selectman of Ridgefield, Rudy Marconi, and the Director of Human Resources, Laurie Fernandez. Ann had the pleasure of training the department heads with the Town of Ridgefield, CT on harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination in the workplace.