Hope Harbor partners with a variety of professionals to provide a holistic approach to healing. Our goal is to educate other service providers about sexual violence and Hope Harbor services that are available. We offer trainings for medical, legal, education, mental health, and community based service professionals.

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Available Trainings

Hope Harbor Services: General

Covers the basics of the free services offered by Hope Harbor: crisis intervention, emergency medical and legal advocacy, counseling, and community education. It can be tailored to meet the needs for law enforcement, medical personnel, school faculty and staff, social workers, criminal justice professionals, correctional staff, and other community-based groups. Our services training will help your agency learn about Hope Harbor, recognize why/how sexual violence occurs in our community, and the best response to end that violence.

Child Sexual Abuse (Professionals)

Teaches individuals the definition of child sexual abuse, how to recognize it, appropriate reactions to disclosures, legal responsibility to report, and where to go for help if a child you know is being abused.

Dating Violence for School Nurses

Teaches early warning signs of teen dating violence, current reporting laws, and how to help students.

Survivors’ Response to Sexual Violence

Customized for professionals working with survivors of sexual trauma seeking to gain a better understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, common phases of response, and how to offer support. Survivor response to sexual trauma varies, but studies show those affected by sexual trauma should feel empowered and be given support.

Rape Culture: Awareness and Prevention

Information on current laws, consent, the history of rape awareness programs, and the shift towards prevention and culture change. This program can be catered to different age groups and specific needs and experiences of the group. This conversation is often paired with Hope Harbor Services: General.

What App is That?

A training for parents and educators where participants gain an understanding of popular apps and social media, how to start the conversation of being online, and setting boundaries online with young people. We also offer an age-appropriate version of this training for middle and high school students.

Talking to Kids about Violence in the Media

Teaches how to start the conversation of talking with children about the violence in media, appropriate responses to culture change, and healthy boundaries.

Advocating for the LGBTQ+ Community

This training was originally created for CASA’s volunteer training in regards to working with LGBTQ+ youth in foster care and has been adapted multiple times to target the specific group an agency works with. Discussion includes basic information about the LGBTQIA acronym and the specific identities it includes, along with trauma and violence the community experiences and the different difficulties they face.

Accessibility is More than a Wheelchair Ramp: Ensuring Services for Everyone

Are you complying with ADA requirements but still not reaching everyone in the community? This training brings to light the gaps most agencies have in services and creates a safe space for exploring solutions that are attainable by your agency.

Volunteers are the Root of the Movement: Volunteer Engagement and Management

Hope Harbor’s emergency services rely heavily on our volunteer advocates. Training and managing our volunteer program requires specific and innovative strategies. This training provides strategies that have worked for Hope Harbor but can be applied broadly to improve or begin a successful volunteer program. Discussion will include recruitment, training, management, and appreciation with a focus on expanding volunteer involvement.

Sexual Assault Response Team

  • Law Enforcement
  • Judicial Personnel
  • Emergency Medical Personnel
  • Schools, Universities, & DCBS Personnel
  • Corrections, Probation, and Detention Personnel

Sex Trafficking 

This training explains what sex trafficking looks like, specifically in our area, and dispels the myths and misconceptions around sex trafficking. The training can be catered to the needs and education level of your agency.

Survivors’ Response and Hope Harbor Services (Law Enforcement, Medical, Mental Health, Post-Secondary Education)

This training is designed to help law enforcement officers have a greater understanding of the common responses during and after a sexual assault, role of the advocate, and Hope Harbor services and resources available for survivors. If your agency would like more information on this training, please contact mclark@hopeharbor.net or call (270) 782-5014.

Working with Currently & Formerly Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Trauma

This training is customized to all staff working in confinement settings, such as local jails, detention centers, youth residencies, halfway houses, and addiction recovery centers. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is much more than paperwork and regulation; it’s about helping those affected by sexual trauma get the help and resources they need. If your agency would like more information on this training, please contact mclark@hopeharbor.net or call (270) 782-5014.


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