BTCC Core Trainings

BTCC currently offers several core trainings to organizations and groups throughout the community. While each training focuses on a singular topic, all BTCC core trainings:

  • Use a popular education model, where facilitators bring their experience to the table alongside the expertise of participants

  • Use an interactive approach, where participants get the opportunity to engage with content and consider how it might apply to their own work and lives

  • Use the E4 framework from Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, asking whether solutions are ethical, equitable, efficient, and effective

Trainings are available upon request, by filling out our Training Request Form.

Primary Prevention 101

Training time: 2 hours 

Great for groups who: want to get at the root of issues, are interested in thinking critically about the strategies they use in their work, want to explore ways to improve community conditions and dream big about what's possible

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 harm from happening in the first place. This is what we mean by primary prevention.

This training provides 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 & Community Resilience

Training time: 2 hours 

Great for groups who: are interested in exploring how people are impacted by the relationships and environments surrounding them, want to bring a trauma-responsive lens to their work, want to think about how what shapes us surrounds us as individuals

This 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 defines trauma & explore concepts related to trauma exposure and response, looks at trauma through a sociocultural lens, and identifies 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 

Training time: 2 hours 

Great for groups who: want to think about communications in their work and lives, find themselves frequently frustrated by public narratives, want to explore how to shift hearts & minds with storytelling

As advocates we are often confronted with language and assumptions that reinforce trauma and injustice, and the public stories we both hear and tell impact the solutions we arrive at. 

 

This 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. Groups will get a chance to think about the difficult narratives that frequently show up in their specific sector, work, or community, and build their own, new shared narratives to move forward with. 

Implicit Bias Primer

Training time: 3 hours (or two 1.5 hour sessions) 

Great for groups who: acknowledge that systems of oppression (i.e. racism, poverty, ableism, ageism) negatively impact our community, want to examine their organization's policies and practices with a critical eye, are open to having thoughtful conversations about decisionmaking and gatekeeping 

Policies are developed, codified, and enacted by individuals and are therefore influenced by individual biases. When biases are enforced through organizational level policies and practices they can appear normal and intractable, and the impacts ripple out, creating real disparities and harm for our community members, coworkers, employees or clients. 

 

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 introductory session will define implicit bias, explore how it operates within individuals and organizations, and identify tools to mitigate it.

 

Please note: to request the Implicit Bias Primer for your organization, fill out this form, rather than the general training request form

Training Accessibility & Accommodations 

Our hope is to provide trainings are accessible and inclusive for all community members and organizations. To that end, we try our best to offer accessibility accommodations for both virtual and in-person trainings, including captioning, translation, audio-visual assistance, large print resources, and more. 

To see a list of some accommodations we are able to offer, click here. If you have additional questions about accessibility before requesting a training, please reach out to us here.

BTCC Member-Offered Trainings

In addition to our core trainings, BTCC members have a wide range of expertise, and may offer trainings or resources from within their own organizations. To get connected for more information about any of these trainings, contact btccbloomington@gmail.com. Topics include but are not limited to:

 

  • Building Skills and Connection Through Tabletop Roleplaying Games

  • Conflict Mediation and Community Accountability 

  • Cliff Effect

  • Crafting Compelling Testimony for Public Testimony 

  • Introduction to Popular Education

  • Maternal Mortality and Paid Family Leave

  • Self Care and Collective Care

  • Social Ecological Model 

  • Structural Supports for Supportive Workplaces

  • Voter Registration for Non-Profits