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: Housing & Homelessness
January 18, 2017
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.

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.

Register now.

Intersections of Sexual Violence: HIV/AIDS
February 7, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Format: Webinar
Facilitator: Patricia Teffenhart, Executive Director of NJCASA

A survivor can experience a wide range of emotions during and after an assault. Testing positive for HIV/AIDS after an assault can impact and complicate the healing process. This webinar, intended for seasoned practitioners at Sexual Violence Programs and allied professionals, will explore these complexities and provide information on how to effectively advocate for survivors at this intersection.

Register now.

Serving Incarcerated Survivors #1: Prison Rape Culture
February 21, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Format: Webinar
Facilitator: Jyoti Venketraman, Special Initiatives Manager of NJCASA

This webinar is the first in a four-part series on serving incarcerated survivors. With increased focus on the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), training advocates on intersections of sexual violence within detention centers will help support advocacy for this population. This webinar will provide an introduction to sexual abuse behind bars , an overview of culture of corrections, and an increased understanding of the dynamics of sexual abuse behind bars.

Register now.


Partners in Prevention: Comprehensive prevention programming with target audiences or groups


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)