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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 Trainings

Winter 2021: Click here to register

June 2021: More information coming soon

September 2021: More information coming soon

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 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 Trainings

January 2021 - Serving Student Survivors from Underserved Populations

February 2021- The Neurobiology of Trauma

March 2021 - Planning for a Virtual SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month)

Trauma Informed Trainings for Advocates

MCASA periodically hosts trainings 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 trainings in 2021 to be announced

Self-Paced Learning Modules

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

Child Sexual Abuse Training (90 mins)

Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention for Avocates and Hotline Counselors (60 mins - password is MCASA)

Prevention at a Distance (60 mins)

Sexual Assault & Substance Abuse (60 mins - password is MCASA)

The Economic Impact of Sexual Violence (30 mins)

Trainings 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. 

Online Training Library

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

College Consortium

MCASA provides training to our statewide network of college staff and other professionals that work collectively to prevent violence and respond to the needs of survivors on Maryland campuses. The College Consortium provides universities with the opportunity to develop effective, comprehensive, and inclusive prevention and response programs to help schools serve their diverse student populations. Trainings for members
of the consortium, including our yearly College Symposium, help colleges build a network with other colleges, local rape crisis centers, and other organizations to share and build successful prevention strategies and resources. If your school is interested in becoming a member of the College Consortium, please click here.

Legal Options for Survivors

This training is designed for a general audience and its purpose is to address the various legal needs of sexual assault survivors. The training addresses the legal areas and options that attorneys at SALI discuss with sexual assault survivors during legal consultations. Even if the attorneys at SALI cannot provide legal representation, the attorneys can inform survivors of their legal options, and also provide referrals to other organizations that can provide help within these legal areas. Training topics include: safety, privacy, immigration, financial compensation, housing, employment/disability, education, family law, and crime victim rights.

Confidentiality for Advocates

This training was designed to give a thorough understanding of the difference between confidentiality and privilege. If a communication is privileged it must be kept confidential, but if a communication is confidential it does not necessarily mean it is privileged.  It identifies who has what standing in a victim’s recovery and what information can and cannot be used in certain situations. Training topics include: subpoenas, testimony, release of records, new VAWA provisions, and waivers.

FNE Training

This training, with curriculum approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, is specifically designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) interested in becoming Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs). FNE-A (adult/adolescent) Training includes a 40 hour didactic skills component and requires 40 additional clinical hours to become certified as a forensic nurse for patients 13 years and older.  FNE-P (pediatric) Training is available for those already certified as an FNE-A who want to work with children 12 and under. It requires an additional 30 hours of didactic skills training and 32 hours of clinical training. Training topics include: understanding trauma, the role of the FNE, assessment and documentation, genital anatomy review, and other special topics. MCASA partners with local SAFE programs to assist with the coordination of adult/adolescent Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) trainings in Maryland and provides administrative, logistical, and outreach support and training on special topics.

Law Enforcement

MCASA offers trainings designed for anyone in the field of law enforcement who is seeking to improve their response to sexual violence. This training helps law enforcement keep their responses to sexual violence victim-centered and offender-focused. Topics covered in this training can include the realistic dynamics of sexual assault; trauma and its effect on survivors; current Maryland sex offense law; and appropriate techniques for case interviews, evidence collection, and report writing.

Sexual Assault Response Teams

MCASA provides and supports training for existing Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) to keep them up to date on best practices. A SART is a multidisciplinary team that works collaboratively to provide specialized services for victims of rape and sexual assault. SART members can work cooperatively towards many different goals, including developing protocol, providing cross-training, reviewing cases, and implementing a coordinated, victim-centered community response.


This training is designed to prepare advocates to work with incarcerated victims. The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is designed to prevent and respond to sexual assault in correctional facilities. MCASA provides trainings to help advocates understand PREA, get started with PREA implementation, and ensure that correctional facilities are compliant with federal law.


This training is created to help advocates and organizations create strong programming to prevent sexual violence. Unlike awareness or response trainings, prevention trainings educate advocates on techniques and programs that are effective in stopping sexual violence before it is perpetrated.

Underserved Populations

MCASA offers several trainings focused on specific underserved populations, including LGBTQ, POC, Immigrants, and others who are often underrepresented. These trainings serve to equip service providers with the skills they need to provide culturally competent and sound care. These trainings also offer the opportunity to delve in to more specific needs, questions, and topics of particular underserved communities.

Sex Trafficking

This training is designed to prepare advocates to work with victims of sex trafficking. The training examines the crime of sex trafficking, the dynamics between victims and their traffickers, how to identify at-risk individuals, the obstacles victims may face in accessing services, and ways to help survivors restore their lives.