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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

This training is designed for advocates who work directly with sexual assault survivors in any capacity. The training covers both introductory and advanced topics to provide a foundation for best practices for advocates in the field of sexual assault services. There is no cost for these trainings; however, member rape crisis centers and staff receive priority registration. Training topics include: overview of sexual assault, role of the advocate and survivor centered responses, understanding sexual assault and trauma, technology and stalking, legal options for survivors, crisis intervention, working with underserved populations, and other special topics.

Regional Campus Training

This training series is open to campus investigators, police, administrators and staff, counselors, and advocates in each region. The series focuses primarily on sexual violence prevention and response on campuses. Each training has a special focus to prepare attendees to handle needs specific to their area. Training topics include: understanding sexual assault and trauma, federal and state laws governing school response to sexual assault, non-school legal options for student survivors, sexual assault prevention, working with underserved populations, and other special topics.

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.

Trauma-Informed Response and Vicarious Trauma for Advocates

This training is suitable for any professionals serving survivors of sexual violence and provides an introduction to the neurobiology of trauma, what behaviors and reactions you may see from a person who has experienced trauma, and techniques for adapting services to improve response and avoid revictimization. Training is also available on the vicarious trauma professionals experience in the course of their work, how to prevent burnout, and how to implement self-care as a daily practice.

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.

Preventing, Identifying, and Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

The purpose of this online training is to teach Maryland educators and clinicians the effects of child sexual abuse (CSA), prevention techniques, and Maryland-specific mandatory reporting requirements.

This training is self-paced and designed to be about 90 minutes long. Licensed social workers are eligible for CEUs at the conclusion of the training.

MCASA appreciates the Maryland Department of Health for its support of this project.

Special Topics

These trainings are created to address the specific needs of our audiences. The training topic can vary from the needs of a specific underserved population to newfound prevention tactics. These trainings can be created to delve into the more specific needs, questions, and topics of your community. If there is a special topic you would like MCASA to provide for your organization that is not listed above, please fill out our online
training request form.