Training Institute

NJCASA’s Training Institute is informed by national trends in the prevention of and response to sexual violence, as well as strengths and needs of professionals in New Jersey.  We provide in-person and web-based trainings to Sexual Violence Programs and allied professionals committed to creating safer communities for all.  NJCASA strives to provide free and accessible trainings, as well as bring low-cost on-demand training to professionals throughout the state.

Who We Work With

The Training Institute serves members from local sexual violence centers, allied professionals in public and mental health, law enforcement, preventionists, and the larger public. Our trainings bring communities a better understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, which results in improved response to survivors and increased accountability to perpetrators.

Topics We Cover

NJCASA trains on a wide variety of sexual violence issues, including Introduction to Sexual Violence, Cultural Humility, Primary Prevention, Law Enforcement Response, Special Populations, and more. Join NJCASA at one of our upcoming training events or request a customized training for your organization or institution.

Upcoming Trainings

Facilitator’s Guide to CSVA Core Competencies: Survivors of Sexual Violence—Men & Boys
December 1, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Format: Webinar
Facilitator: Sarah Bear, Training & Outreach Coordinator for NJCASA

In March 2015, NJCASA held a training-of-trainers to introduce the CSVA Core Competencies Manual. That training included a plan for NJCASA to release quarterly training modules, complete with PowerPoint file, facilitator notes, and handouts.

Those who identify as men and boys experience unique barriers when it comes to healing and disclosing sexual violence. In addition to victim blaming faced by all survivors, men and boys may be at higher risk for not being believed when coming forward due to a variety of factors. Some may experience amplified difficulty healing, and may never disclose. This webinar will explore and provide information on these dynamics and equip advocates with knowledge on how to mindfully advocate for men and boys.

Register here.

Partners in Prevention: Comprehensive prevention programming with target audiences or groups
January 11, 2017
Format: Webinar
Facilitators: Jacqueline M. Deitch-Stackhouse, MSS, MLSP, LCSW is Director of Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education (SHARE) at Princeton University.  Jackie began her career in social services as a volunteer for Womanspace, Mercer County’s rape crisis center, in 1995.  For the last four years, Jackie has directed the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education (SHARE) office at Princeton University where she has overseen prevention initiatives and intervention services for victims/survivors and co-survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse.

Creating safer campus communities requires a team effort – partnerships and collaboration are keys to positive movement.  This process can be challenging though – especially as we engage with campus groups with higher risk factors for perpetration or attempt to institute school-wide initiatives.  This webinar will offer insights from a school working toward both of these goals. At Princeton, prevention efforts with athletics and student organizations are one component of a comprehensive, campus-wide UMatter initiative, developed to promote bystander intervention and healthy choices.

Audience: This training is intended for professionals focused on campus issues and organizations working with campus communities: Campus staff and faculty, experienced practitioners at Sexual Violence Programs, and allied professionals engaging colleges and universities.

Registration will open late December 2016.

Intersections of Sexual Violence: Housing & Homelessness
January 18, 2017
Format: Webinar
Facilitator: Sarah Bear, Training & Outreach Coordinator for NJCASA

Survivors of sexual violence can face unique needs when it comes to housing. If left unmet, they may experience homelessness, which puts them at an increased risk for additional victimization. This webinar will explore the dynamics that occur between sexual violence, housing needs, and homelessness. This training is intended for seasoned practitioners at Sexual Violence Programs and allied professionals.

Registration information will be made available December 12, 2016.


Partners in Prevention: Understanding Offender Management

Evidence-based Practice #3: Understanding Community-Level Risk Factors and Community-Level Change (recording)
Understanding the Intersection of Substance Use & Trauma (recording)

Serving Campus Survivors (recording)

Evidence-based Practice #2: Individual- & Relationship-Level Risk Factors for Perpetration (recording)

Evidence-based Practice Series: Evidence, Prevention, and Practice (recording)

Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate: Their role within the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) (recording)

Understanding Rape Culture (recording)
Planning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (recording)

Previous 2015 Trainings

Media Literacy 101: How Media Influences Rape Culture
Promoting Meaningful Campus-Program Partnerships (recording)

Addressing Violence Against Women with Developmental Disabilities (recording)

Beyond points on a graph: Discovering ways data can strengthen programming and local prevention efforts (recording)

Getting to Know the New Evidence Retention Guidelines

Preparing Survivors for the Criminal Justice System

Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (recording)

Capturing the Impact of Our Work

Language Access for Sexual Violence Program Members (recording)