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COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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It is part of our mission to eliminate sexual violence in as many ways as possible. Our education curriculum is designed from the knowledge that education and awareness can prevent and/or reduce sexual violence in our communities.

The Rowan Center educates more than 20,000 individuals annually. Our programs are provided to a wide range of audiences, from pre-school children to senior citizens. All curricula can be modified to meet specific needs, and customize programs to suit the age group and special interests of the particular audience. All programs are free of charge.

All of our educators are certified sexual assault advocates in accordance with CT law CGS 52-146k. This gives our programs the added benefits, when necessary, of responding immediately to individual participants who are victims, and facilitating a smooth transition for continuing services at our agency.

For more information or to schedule an educational program with your organization, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS

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THE ROWAN CENTER’S K-12 PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAMS


PUBLIC ACT 14-196:
In 2015, The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, The Rowan Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the Connecticut Board of Education, formed a taskforce to create the standards within the framework of Public Act 14-196. These standards include the learning objectives and core performance indicators that each program must meet. The comprehensive K-12 prevention education programs below are in full compliance with these standards, meeting all of the requirements within the framework of the law.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – FEELING SAFE PROGRAM


Feeling Safe
Recommended for: Pre-K/K, 1st, and 2nd grade
30 minutes

Feeling Safe is an interactive program that teaches students the importance of understanding and respecting the feelings of others. Respect and boundaries are other key components of this program. Students learn, through an age-appropriate conversation, how to identify and respect their own physical and emotional boundaries, as well as the boundaries of others, body autonomy, consent, how to identify trusted adults and steps they can take if someone is making them uncomfortable or touching them inappropriately.

Feeling Safe: Caring Relationships
Recommended for: 3rd grade
30-45 Minutes

Feeling Safe: Healthy Relationships is an interactive program that teaches students how to identify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships in themselves and others. This program also teaches students how to identify trusted adults in their life and how to confide in them if they ever needed help or guidance solving a problem.

Feeling Safe: Tools of Empowerment, two sessions (recommended)
Recommended for: 4th grade
45 minutes

Feeling Safe: Tools of Empowerment is a two-session, interactive program that teaches students the importance of empathy, respect, and boundaries through age-appropriate activities and conversation. In session one, students learn to identify and respect their own physical and emotional boundaries as well as the boundaries of others, body autonomy, consent, how to identify trusted adults, and steps they can take if someone is making them uncomfortable or is touching them inappropriately. In session two, students discuss gender stereotypes. This program empowers students to be true to themselves and embrace the diversity found within their classroom community.

Digital Citizenship
Recommended for: 5th and 6th grade
45-60 Minutes

With over 4 billion internet users worldwide, internet use and social media are increasingly prevalent in the lives of young people. This has been met with its own set of challenges. Digital Citizenship is an interactive program designed to reinforce internet safety and teach students the importance of being a digital citizen through empathy, boundaries and bystander intervention skill building, as it relates to social media and the internet.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS


Media Messages
Recommended for: 6th-8th grade
45-60 Minutes 

Media Messages encourages students to take a critical look at movies, music, and other media sources that they consume on a daily basis. Students gain a deeper understanding of how different forms of media intentionally and unintentionally influence us, particularly around gender.

Sexting
Recommended for: 6th-8th grade
45-60 Minutes

Sexting helps students understand what sexting is, why it happens, and the legal, social, and emotional consequences associated with it. Students learn what to do if they receive inappropriate pictures and how to intervene if a photo of them or someone they know circulates among their peers. For 6th grade, Sexting can be presented as a follow up to Digital Citizenship.

Sexual Harassment
Recommended for: 7th-8th grade
45 minutes

This program helps students understand the four main categories of sexual harassment (verbal, non-verbal, written, and physical). Students learn the definitions of sexting and revenge porn, and the laws in regards to both. Sexual harassment also details other relevant legislation, such as Title IX, which helps students gain valuable knowledge and resources on how to report sexual harassment.

What is Consent?
Recommended for: 8th grade
45 minutes

Through thought-provoking activities, this program helps students understand the dynamics of consent. Students learn key definitions and laws related to sexual assault and consent, and address myths and misconceptions around the topic. Students are also provided with valuable resources available if they are or someone they know is a victim of sexual assault.

 

HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE PROGRAMS


Sexual Harassment
Recommended for: 9th-12th grade and College
45-60 minutes

This program helps students understand the different types of sexual harassment (verbal, non-verbal, written, and physical). Students learn the definitions of sexting and revenge porn, and the laws in regards to both. Sexual harassment also details Title IX, which helps students gain valuable knowledge and resources on how to report sexual harassment.

What is Consent?
Recommended for: 9th-12th grade and College
45-60 minutes

Through thought-provoking activities, students understand the dynamics of consent. Students learn key definitions and laws related to sexual assault and consent, and address myths and misconceptions around the topic. Students are also provided with valuable resources available to them if they are or someone they know is a victim of sexual assault.

Healthy Relationships
Recommended for: 9th-10th grade and College
45-60 minutes

Healthy Relationships addresses the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students look at the different kinds of relationships they have in their lives, including friendships, professional, romantic and familial relationships, while identifying qualities that make them healthy or unhealthy. Students learn resources available if they or someone they know is in an unsafe relationship. 

Sexting
Recommended for: 9th and 10th grade
45-60 Minutes

Sexting helps students understand what sexting is, and the legal, social, and emotional consequences associated with it. Students learn what to do if they receive inappropriate pictures and how to intervene if a photo of them or someone they know circulates among their peers.

Bystander Intervention 
Recommended for: high school, college, and adult audiences

45-60 minutes 

In this program, we take a look at the bystander effect, or phenomenon, and why people are hesitant to step in and help people, whether they are friends or strangers. Participants will gain strategies to break up potentially harmful situations in a safe and effective manner. 

Know Before You Go
Recommended for: 11th-12th grade and College
45-60 minutes

Know Before You Go provides an in-depth look at the pervasive issue of college sexual assault. Students identify attitudes, behaviors, and traditions present within college and Greek life that perpetuate and sustain sexual violence. Students also learn several policies and laws regarding sexual assault response on college campuses.

Understanding Sexual Violence Prevention (Three Day Program)
Recommended for: 9th-12th grade and College
45-60 minutes 

Through discussion and activities, this three-day program builds on socio-emotional skills specifically pertaining to sexual violence. In the first session, students gain a fundamental understanding of sexual violence, including important topics such as consent. In session two, students thoroughly explore the dynamics of sexual violence by unpacking several societal attitudes, beliefs, and social norms and how they perpetuate sexual violence. The third session explores different bystander intervention techniques that students can utilize to challenge problematic beliefs and interrupt all forms of sexual violence in a safe and meaningful way. 


ADULT PROGRAMS

The Teacher’s Guide
Recommended for: school teachers and faculty members (presentation is catered to each school level)
60-75 minutes

In this program, school staff will learn best practices in the classroom and school community around discussing consent and boundaries with students and parents. We want to start teaching these important life-long skills as early as possible, and reinforce them throughout the ages. Staff will also walk away with a better understanding of how to take a disclosure and mandated reporting processes. In addition, staff members will learn – 
  • At the elementary level:  myths and misconceptions around child sexual abuse and assault
  • At the middle and high school level: definitions and laws around age of consent, sexting, sexual harassment, and sexual assault

Parent Talk
Recommended for: parents and guardians of youth of all ages 

60-75 minutes

In this program, parents will learn tips and strategies in engaging their children in a productive and healthy conversation around sex, consent, boundaries, and sexual violence. Participants will gain age and developmentally appropriate ways to discuss these topics with youth, while gaining a deeper understanding of how we can end sexual violence as individuals, and as a community.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Recommended for: all businesses, organizations, and agencies with 3+ employees

60-75 minutes

In this program, participants will learn the legal types of sexual harassment in the workplace, the process of filing a complaint, and the laws and nuances involved. Participants will also walk away with a better understanding of how to eliminate sexual harassment in the work place entirely. This presentation meets the state of Connecticut’s legal requirements for employers. Certificate included.

Working with Victims of Sexual Violence
Recommended for: law enforcement and members of the criminal justice system

75-90 minutes

This program includes information around trauma, trauma-informed care, and best practices around interacting with and interviewing victims of sexual violence. Facilitators are certified police instructors under the state of Connecticut. This program counts towards continuing education hours mandated by the state of Connecticut for law enforcement personnel.

Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse
Recommended for: anyone who engages with children on a regular basis (camp counselors, doctors and nurses, school staff, etc.) 
60-75 minutes
 

This program provides participants with a detailed understanding of the myths and misconceptions around child abuse, symptoms and behaviors of children who are being abused, and how to respond to and report a disclosure using best practices.

 

For more information or to schedule a program with your organization, please fill out the contact form below.

“Highly professional, accommodating, and collaborative. We are very fortunate to have this important resource!”
– Lavi Ben-Zvi, Darien Public Schools

“The workshops that The Rowan Center provides are essential to the social and emotional health of our students and integral to their safety.”
– Jennifer Williams-Argenio, School Social Worker, Rogers International School (Stamford)

“The Rowan Center is an amazing organization that meets such critical needs and we are excited about partnering with them.”
– Carol Smith-Harker, Norwalk Community College

“The Rowan Center is an amazing resource for children, staff, and parents.”
– Caitlin Reichi, School Psychologist, Greenwich Public Schools

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