What We Do:
Our team provides professional trainings, community workshops, psycho-education groups, and facilitated discussions concerning domestic and sexual violence and how to prevent these forms of violence. All of the trainings, workshops and groups that we provide are free and tailored to the group requesting the workshop.
We provide a significant amount of our education and prevention programming to students in schools, as young as 5th grade.
If you are interested in requesting a workshop or training please complete the workshop request form below.
Our Primary Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence Psycho-Educational Groups:
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. is dedicated to not only educating the community about domestic and sexual violence, but we also strive to eliminate these forms of violence through primary prevention programming. The Bridge offers 7-10 weeks of psycho-educational groups to all young people ages 9-22 concerning the root causes of violence. Each of our groups are tailored to meet the age, needs, and interests of the students in the group. Topics of the group include community and trust building, defining healthy relationships, understanding boundaries, self-esteem, communication, gender socialization, media literacy, and bystander intervention. Please contact Jessica Bellant, Director of Education & Prevention for more information concerning our prevention programming.
For More Information Contact:
Jessica Bellant, Prevention & Education Director
Workshops Available to Professionals, Community Members, & Youth
Agency Overview/Welcome to The Bridge
The purpose of this presentation is to provide individuals with an understanding of the comprehensive services we offer at The Bridge, and why our services are critical to the community. We share information concerning the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence and foundational points to understand how an individual could experience domestic violence. Opportunities for volunteering is also shared in order to continually engage community members who want to become active in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.
Domestic Violence 101
Domestic Violence 101 focuses on the prevalence and dynamics of intimate partner violence. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the tactics used by abusers to gain and maintain power and control over their partner and reasons why survivors often stay or return to their abuser. The goal of the training is to equip participants with the knowledge to recognize domestic violence and further understand the survivor’s perspective.
Sexual Violence 101
Sexual Violence 101 focuses on examining the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that comprise the sexual violence continuum, the comprehensive definition of consent, and common myths concerning sexual assault. Child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimate partner violence is all highlighted within this training. The goal of this interactive training is to provide participants with foundational knowledge concerning the dynamics of sexual violence in order to recognize instances of sexual violence, effectively assist survivors of sexual violence and dispel common myths that perpetuate the rape culture we live in.
Primary Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence
In this interactive training, our topic is introduced through a powerful activity each individual can relate to concerning gender socialization. This topic is highlighted at the beginning of the training because it is a root cause of sexual violence that connects participants with a fundamental understanding of primary prevention of sexual violence. We continue our conversation with an examination of the four levels of primary prevention, the risk and protective factors of sexual violence, and rape culture. The goal of this training is to provide participants a comprehensive understanding of primary prevention of sexual violence and how they can begin preventing sexual violence in their professional and personal lives.
This interactive presentation focuses on identifying the 4 pillars of a healthy relationship to assist individuals in preventing or identifying potentially abusive relationships. Individuals are encouraged to consider their current and past relationships which may include romantic, platonic, familial, and/or relationships in the workplace. The topics of boundaries, equality, healthy communication, and self-esteem will be focuses of this presentation.
Teen Dating Violence
This presentation focuses on the teen power and control wheel, examining the unique ways that teens experience domestic violence. In addition to understanding what constitutes teen dating violence we also discuss how individuals can support peers or loved ones who they know or believe may be experiencing an abusive relationship. Depending on the age and role of the audience, brief legal remedies and safety planning details may be discussed as well.
Stalking & Legal Remedies
In this training we dive into the elements of stalking, stalking behaviors and the legal remedies available to victims. Key components of safety planning and steps necessary to pursue legal remedies will be highlighted. An interactive activity will be conducted to place individuals in the shoes of a victim to enhance understanding of potential barriers and steps to be taken when an individual experiences this form of violence.
This presentation examines the strict and harmful gender expectations that are placed on both girls and boys/women and men within our society and how this socialization directly contributes to sexual and domestic violence. We use a powerful and interactive activity to engage individuals in this conversation. A follow up presentation can also be provided by examining pieces of media that promote the strict gender expectations that are discussed in Part 1.
Training Specifically for Professionals:
This training covers the basics about human trafficking: what it is, where it happens, and how the public can help. Attendees will learn how to recognize human trafficking, how victims are lured into the life, and obtain resources to support survivors of trafficking and to make reports. Training tracks are available for law enforcement, medical professionals, social services agencies and faith-based or community members. Additionally, there are sessions that dive deeper into online grooming techniques of predators, how trafficking is linked to social media apps and the intersections of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Trauma Informed Care
This training is specifically designed for professionals within a variety of disciplines who assist survivors of domestic or sexual violence in any capacity. Trauma and its effects on the brain are introduced in order to provide participants with a baseline knowledge of the additional barriers the survivor and professional could face during their working relationship. The majority of the training will be discussing the 6 elements of trauma informed care and practical tips for professionals to enhance their trauma informed approach with all the individuals they serve. We end this presentation with an empathy enhancing activity to solidify understanding of the importance of a trauma informed approach.
How Domestic Violence Affects Children
This training focuses on the emotional, behavioral, and mental effects on children who witness or experience domestic violence. A child’s recorded 911 call to dispatch introduces this conversation and participants are able to discuss the effects after considering a real example. We end this conversation discussing how professional can support children or teens who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters encourages but does not require a minimum of one months notice for any workshop to ensure staff availability. All workshops require a minimum length of 45 minutes. To request a workshop please fill out the form below. If you do not see the workshop topic desired on the form, we can customize a workshop to meet your individualized needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at (713) 472-0753 ext 132 for further information.