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MCASA regularly provides and supports training on a wide range of topics for professionals working in the fields of sexual assault prevention and response. Training is typically tailored to professionals or volunteers working in a particular area, such as victim advocacy, law enforcement, or college sexual assault response. A listing of upcoming training events is available here. Interested professionals and organizations are welcome to request training from MCASA by filling out the online training request form. For a full list of training topics MCASA has offered in the past, please contact us at [email protected].

Comprehensive Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training

MCASA's Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Fundamentals Training (Online) is an online training that is offered three times a year for advocates who work directly with sexual assault survivors in Maryland. The training covers both introductory and advanced topics to provide a foundation for best practices for advocates in the field of sexual assault services. This training series features a combination of live webinars and self-paced learning modules.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Virtual Campus Training Series

Due to Covid-19, this training series, formally called the Regional Campus Training Series, has moved online. MCASA will offer one virtual training session each month during the academic year. This series is free and open to campus investigators, police, administrators and staff, counselors, and advocates that work with student sexual assault survivors. The series focuses primarily on sexual violence prevention and response on college and university campuses. Training topics include federal and state laws governing school response to sexual assault, sexual assault prevention, the neurobiology of trauma, and working with underserved student populations. 

Upcoming Training Sessions

  • 2022 - 2023 Sessions To Be Announced

National Expert Workshops

MCASA periodically hosts workshops produced by national experts in the field of sexual assault response and prevention. Past topics have included: Trauma-Informed Investigations, Preventing Campus Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault to Maternal Mortality, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, and Stress Management for Advocates.

Upcoming workshops 

  • 2022 Sessions To Be Announced

Virtual Training Courses

MCASA has produced online learning modules on various topics addressing sexual assault prevention and response. These training courses are designed to be completed at your own pace and CEUs are available upon completion.

View Virtual Training COurses

Training By Request

MCASA creates and provides training to address the specific needs of our audiences. Topics can vary from the needs of a specific underserved population to newfound prevention tactics. This is an opportunity to delve into the more specific needs and questions of your community. MCASA has a collection of training topics we provide and can customize training for your organization based on your needs. 

Click here to request a training

Online Training Library

MCASA has compiled a variety of online training sessions regarding sexual violence in Maryland and in the United States. All webinars, videos, and modules are free to access, though some require registration or subscription to the organization.

Click here to access the library

Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Reform and Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Implementation Training 

This two day training is for Maryland Law Enforcement Agencies who investigate sexual assaults, Maryland Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinators, and SART member agencies.

This training covers recent sexual assault evidence kit (SAEK) policies and the state's implementation of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant.

June 2021 Recorded Sessions