The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center is committed to providing materials and support to educators at Colleges and Universities interested in preventing sexual violence.

On-Line 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 with funding from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cost: FREE
Time: 1-2 Hours

APA, NASW and LMHC Continuing Education Credits are available for a small fee
Register for this course now. You will be taken to the NEARI website, which is hosting this course.

If you are interested in having multiple people from your organization take this course please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) about previewing the course for free and for our group discounts.

We can also come to your campus and present the First Responder course in person.


We can come to your campus and present in-person workshops designed specifically for staff at colleges.

Becoming Active Bystanders

This in-depth skill-building workshop focuses on cultivating a sense of responsibility for our communities and environments. Discussion includes current research on why people act or do not act to challenge inappropriate sexual and violent behaviors. Activities include exercises that explore a range of ways to be an active bystander. This workshop is appropriate for audiences with an understanding of the dynamics of sexual violence and some involvement in their communities, for example peer health or peer leadership groups. This workshop is based on the book Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention by Joan Tabachnick published by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Training for Residential Life Staff: Responding to Disclosures

Residential Life staff members develop skills in responding to disclosures of sexual assault from students by learning about current research on the perpetration of sexual violence and using case studies to practice appropriate responses.

Introduction to Clinical Issues

This workshop is designed for clinical staff on college campuses who may not have the experience of working with survivors of sexual assault-related trauma. This training explores: the context of sexual assault for clients; how to address an initial disclosure of sexual assault; common reactions to rape and how clients might be expressing these reactions; making an initial assessment about sexual violence.

Advanced Clinical Training

Advanced Clincial trainings are offered to clinicians at colleges who are interested in an in-depth training.  The training is organized so that it is reflective of the needs of the requesting organization.  Topics that may be highlighted include: the initial assessment and treatment of trauma; the stages of recovery and healing; salient issues in the psychotherapy of trauma treatment; the importance of group as a treatment for trauma; secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization; addressing dissociation in treatment, and cultural considerations in the treatment of trauma. 

Bar Workshop

Bar owners, management and staff have a unique opportunity to intervene and to prevent sexual assault by creating a safe space for patrons, and BARCC provides strategies for doing so in its trainings for bar owners, management and staff. BARCC has developed resources specifically for others to train bar owners and staff and they are available for free download. Materials include a powerpoint presentation, scenarios with a facilitation guide, tips for bar owners and for staff, and a bibliography. Download the bar workshop materials

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