Educational Workshops

At HopeWorks, we get out in the community as much as possible to raise awareness of sexual, dating, and domestic violence. To further this mission, we offer a wide variety of free educational workshops, trainings, and information sessions for schools, businesses, civic organizations, and faith communities. We believe that education is the first step towards prevention of violence and makes our community healthier and safer.

To schedule a workshop, call 410-997-0304 and ask for the Community Engagement Department or complete the online request form.

WORKSHOPS for ADULTS 

Generally, workshops are 60 minutes long, plus an additional 30 minutes that includes Q&A and an overview of HopeWorks services.

When Someone You Know Hurts You: Recognizing Intimate Partner Violence – In this overview, participants will learn the definitions and red flags of domestic and dating violence, what you can do to help, learn about the services and programs at HopeWorks, and review a safety plan checklist. 

□ In Her Shoes –Designed for learning about domestic violence, participants will have the opportunity to move, do, think and experience the lives of women who are being abused. Following the simulation, you will explore the dynamics of domestic violence and hear about the mission and services of HopeWorks.

Recognizing Love and Building Healthy Relationships – This workshop combines an introduction to recognizing unhealthy relationships with ways to build healthy ones, including interactive scenarios to learn how to tell the difference. 

Beyond Active Bystanders: Stopping Violence before It Starts – Participants in this foundational workshop will learn about primary prevention – what it is and what current prevention efforts look like. The program includes an exploration of cultural norms and differentiates between risk reduction and primary prevention. Participants will develop the awareness and capacity to serve as agents of change in their communities.

Recognizing Human Trafficking – It is estimated that 4.5 million people are forced to participate in the commercial sex industry worldwide. However, sensationalized awareness campaigns and gross media representation often prevent us from identifying and supporting survivors of trafficking domestically and locally. This workshop defines modern-day human trafficking with an overview of trafficking in Maryland and Howard County. Participants will learn how to identify potential trafficking sites and victims as well risk factors that increase vulnerability. Additionally, participants will make connections between forced sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence. 

Yes Means Yes: Creating a Culture of Consent – Current and popular understandings of consent are gravely limited. Participants in this program will expand their understanding of consent by exploring its elements: capacity, action, and relationship. This workshop will define “affirmative consent” and participants will develop skills necessary for healthy communication, healthy relationships, and navigating consent while under the influence. 

Out of the Box: Understanding Gender to End Violence* – In this interactive workshop, participants will explore gender stereotypes and the ways in which our beliefs about gender shape societal expectations of boys and girls, men and women. Goals include understanding how gender beliefs and expectations are connected to power, control, and violence. We recommend using this program as a primer for workshops related to building healthy relationships and understanding/recognizing abuse.

*Additional gender-focused workshops are available for those looking to deepen their knowledge in this area.


TRAININGS for PROFESSIONALS

□ Recognizing IPV: Training for Counselors and Human Services  Employees – A training workshop that examines the dynamics of intimate partner violence,  including the cycle of violence, issues of power and control, an overview health/wellness red flags and safety planning. 

 □ Stewards of Children  – Stewards of Children is a nationally acclaimed prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace – An introduction to the dynamics of intimate partner violence for management and/or staff. 


EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH:

(appropriate for middle &  high school students)

HopeWorks’ educational workshops for middle and high school students directly complement the Howard County Public Schools’ Health Education Curriculum. Workshops held in schools are designed to fit within a 45-50 minute class period and are intended for an audience of no more than 30 students. 

The Good, the Bad & the Abusive – Sometimes it is difficult to know the difference. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the spectrum of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive behaviors and red flags which can occur in relationships. This workshop pairs well with “Is This Love: Recognizing Dating Violence and Building Healthy Relationships” for a 90-minute workshop or a workshop series.

Is This Love?: Recognizing Dating Violence and Building Healthy Relationships – Designed specifically for teens, this workshop combines an introduction to recognizing unhealthy relationships with ways to build healthy ones, including interactive scenarios to learn how to tell the difference. Students will learn red flags for dating violence and how to help a friend in need.  This workshop pairs well with “The Good, The Bad, & The Abusive” for a 90-minute workshop or a workshop series.

In Their Shoes – In this interactive workshop, participants become one of six characters based on real experiences of teen dating violence. They make choices about the relationship and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, and others. The activity is followed by a debriefing discussion on dating violence. This workshop stands alone and can fit into a 45-50 minute class period or be extended into a 90-minute workshop.

Yes means Yes – Creating a Culture of Consent – Current and popular understandings of sexual consent are gravely limited. Participants in this workshop will expand their understanding of consent by exploring its elements: capacity, action, and relationship. This workshop will define “affirmative consent” and participants will develop skills necessary for healthy communication and relationships. This workshop is appropriate for all high school students and can be tailored to focus on students preparing for college and relationships on campus.

Beyond Active Bystanders: Stopping Violence Before it Starts – Sexual and domestic violence are not isolated incidents. Primary violence prevention focuses on stopping violence before it starts by examining harmful cultural norms and seeking to shift them. This workshop suggests ways we can collectively work to create a culture of consent, communication, and equality to prevent violence. This workshop can fit into a 45-50 minute class period or be extended into a 90-minute workshop. As a series, it pairs well with “Yes Means Yes – Creating a Culture of Consent,” and/or any of the workshops in our gender series.

Recognizing Human Trafficking – It is estimated that 4.5 million people are forced to participate in the commercial sex industry worldwide. However, sensationalized awareness campaigns and gross media representation often prevent us from identifying and supporting survivors of trafficking domestically and locally. This workshop defines modern-day human trafficking with an overview of trafficking in Maryland and Howard County. Participants will learn red flags for identifying trafficking sites and victims and warning signs of being groomed as a trafficking victim, including the connections to intimate partner violence.

□ Out of the Box: Understanding Gender to End Violence – In this interactive workshop (requiring at least 90 minutes), participants will explore gender stereotypes and the ways in which our beliefs about gender shape societal expectations of boys and girls, men and women. Goals include understanding how gender beliefs and expectations are connected to power, control, and violence. Our gender workshops can function alone, as a primer for workshops related to teen dating violence and consent, or can be extended into a series with additional gender-focused workshops for classrooms looking to deepen their knowledge in this area.

 

Not sure which workshop is right for your audience? We’d love to talk to you further about what these workshops look like and how to match one to your population. To further discuss or schedule a workshop, call 410-997-0304 and ask for the Community Engagement Department, or email Community Engagement Coordinator, .