BTCC currently offers and promotes training opportunities within the broader community. Check out our calendar of events.

BTCC Standard Trainings

Training opportunities are available from members of BTCC upon request.

Primary Prevention 101

Historically, the significant majority of our nation’s resources and services have been directed at addressing the effects of social problems. While it is essential to serve those who have experienced harm, we believe that we also have the responsibility to work to prevent social problems—and the broad range of negative outcomes attending those problems—from happening in the first place. This is what we mean by primary prevention.

This 2-hour training will provide an overview of the “what” and “how” of primary prevention.  Primary prevention strategies are those designed to get in front of social problems by promoting safe and equitable community conditions to ensure that all community members have the opportunity to live at their full potential. Primary prevention strategies have been used to address social problems including child maltreatment, sexual violence, youth violence and intimate partner violence.

Introduction to Trauma

This three-hour foundational training is anchored in the understanding that we are all holding, carrying, and processing trauma.  We know that some populations, however, are more vulnerable to trauma exposure.  Participants will be invited to hold this tension, along with the acknowledgement that while there are patterns & trends in folks’ responses to trauma, people experience it and its effects in different ways.  The training seeks to:

  • Define trauma & explore concepts related to trauma exposure and responses
  • Look at trauma through a sociocultural lens
  • Identify potential impacts on our bodies, brains, and health

Participants will be challenged to explore how to apply this information to their organizational contexts, if applicable.  They will also be introduced to the continuum of trauma approaches and the profound actions needed to be fully trauma-informed.

Dominant Narrative

As advocates we are often confronted with language and assumptions that reinforce trauma and injustice. This two hour (or more!) training digs into our embedded cultural stories and how they affect our day to day experiences. We’ll break down the current narrative undergirding our American and midwestern ideals and discuss the effects on our communities. We will also explore a counter-narrative, one that builds healthier, more just communities.

Implicit Bias Primer

Policies are developed, codified, and enacted by individuals and are therefore influenced by biases. When biases are enforced through organizational level policies and practices they can appear normal and intractable.  Our introductory-level training on implicit bias is focused on the organizational level because environments inform and reinforce our behaviors- and when we have the power and responsibility to make changes.  This 3-hour introductory session will define implicit bias, explore how it operates within individuals and organizations, and identify tools to mitigate it.

Creating a Compelling Testimony

Advocating for public policy change is daunting, but important work. But did you know that so much of the power to change the conversation comes down to two things – story and relationship? This training introduces two techniques you can use after the training to tell your story of change and hope and make your case succinctly. These tools come from the advocates at RESULTS, a movement of passionate, committed everyday people using their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

Featured Resource

The CDC recently released their strategic vision and priorities for violence prevention for the next five years. Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence: A Strategic Vision for Connecting the Dots describes how many forms of violence are interconnected and how many of the things that put people and communities at risk for experiencing violence share root causes.  Similarly, the things that may protect people from exposure to violence can be shared. This document is a great resource for guiding both our responses to and efforts to prevent violence and trauma.