Presentations, Trainings & Workshops


SPAN provides educational presentations throughout the community in order to raise awareness about domestic violence in a social justice framework to help change the beliefs and practices that allow violence to happen. SPAN staff members are available to give presentations to community groups and organizations throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties including businesses, schools, student groups, church fellowships, and social service agencies. SPAN representatives also speak at local festivals, fairs, and special events.

For more information about our social justice education program, trainings and inclusivity workshop series, contact: nancy@safehousealliance.org

Social Justice Education and Trainings
Social Justice & Inclusivity Workshop Series

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Social Justice Education and Trainings

SPAN is proud to offer community trainings on a variety of topics that reflect our commitment to equity, social justice and violence prevention. The following topics reflect an overview of what we can share with your organization, business or professional group.

Introduction to Domestic Violence (DV 101)
Anti-Oppressions Training: Building an Inclusive Organization
Ethical Communication for Social Change
Client-Defined Advocacy
Victims as Defendants: The Unintended Consequences of Mandatory Arrest
Peace Begins At Home: Faith As A Resource for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Domestic and Sexual Abuse In Later Life
Violence against People and Pets – Making the Connection

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Introduction to Domestic Violence (DV 101)

What is domestic violence? What are the dynamics of abuse? How are our perceptions about the issue shaped and then at times made rigid by the media and our personal experiences? In addition to basic definitions, this workshop explores the deeper underpinnings of intimate partner violence and our role as a community to address this epidemic.

Social Justice Education and Trainings

Anti-Oppressions Training: Building An Inclusive Organization

Organizations that are truly committed to social justice function best when they can examine their own biases and privileges. Once group members actively examine these impediments to successful collaboration, true, honest work can begin. This training and facilitated discussion exposes the impact of our own (unintended) biases on the quality of our work, and challenges all isms and privileges as a roadblock to effective action. How can we, individually and as organizations, actively engage in ending oppression within our own organizations? How can we develop the skill, commitment, and perspective necessary to sustain us through social struggles? Join us as we discuss and experience ethical communication principles for resolving conflict, barriers to alliance building, and strategies for becoming an inclusive organization.

Social Justice Education and Trainings

Ethical Communication for Social Change

Ethical Communication is a tool for transformation; this unique, everyday practice incorporates social justice principles, among feminist, activist, theological, and recovery-program perspectives to address issues of oppression and empowerment. A useful tool for conflict resolution, Ethical Communication also reflects a daily standard of respect, humility, direct communication, and empathy. Within our organizational structure, we can cultivate the wisdom and patience necessary to sustain us through social struggles. We model healing through action.

Social Justice Education and Trainings

Client-Defined Advocacy

Based on the 1998 book, Safety Planning With Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, this presentation challenges communities and victim advocates alike to evaluate their approach to service. We discuss how to bridge the gap between the perspectives of the abused individual and the “helper” or advocate, redesign, and ultimately improve services that are culturally and socially responsive.

Social Justice Education and Trainings

Victims as Defendants: The Unintended Consequences of Mandatory Arrest

Victims are being arrested in increasing numbers after calling the police for help in domestic violence incidents. Domestic Violence organizations have been slow to respond to the criminalization of victims and often refuse services to individuals who have been inappropriately arrested as perpetrators. This presentation will examine an advocacy model for victims as defendants that get results. By using such methods as jailhouse interviews, evidence collection, and relentless advocacy tactics, victims can escape the automatic condemnation of the justice system. This presentation explores victim’s use of force, how a perpetrator gains “victim” status, and introduces strategies for challenging the justice system and victims rights industry.

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Peace Begins At Home: Faith As A Resource for Survivors of Domestic Violence

The trauma of domestic violence affects individuals at every level: physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Many battered individuals experience a crisis of faith as a result of the abuse. Some have experienced spiritual abuse by the batterer. Faith communities have the potential to be an important resource of support for battered people, not only as avenues of referral to other services, but also in addressing the pressing spiritual questions; questions about blame worthiness, desertion and forgiveness. This training will help spiritual leaders and communities understand and respond to domestic violence in ways that are consistent with the values of those communities and that seek first to provide safety for battered individuals and their children.

Social Justice Education and Trainings

Domestic and Sexual Abuse In Later Life

This training provides information about the dynamics of abuse among older adults; and their potential risks for experiencing physical, sexual, emotional abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. We will also examine how these multiple types of abuse occur simultaneously.

“Later life” includes graying baby-boomers as well as over-85s, a rapidly growing demographic group. Attendees will examine the experiences of abuse and barriers to support that are unique to elders. We will discuss the laws in Colorado that define who is “at risk” of being mistreated by other adults, and explore ways to build a more effective community response.

Social Justice Education and Trainings

Violence against People and Pets – Making the Connection

People who abuse animals are five times more likely than non-animal-abusers to commit violent crimes against people. This workshop explores the connections between domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse, and the ways in which children and pets are used as pawns to gain power and control. We will explore how to offer safety and non-judgmental support to both children and their mothers, and profile programs that support pets as well!

We will also talk about the partnership between SPAN and The Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

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Social Justice & Inclusivity Workshop and Discussion Series 2016

The series starts in March and runs through November. These sessions will occur on the second Thursday of the month (March to November) from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the SPAN Boulder Outreach Office (835 North Street), unless otherwise noted. There will be both an interactive education presentation and engaging Q&A. Please feel free to bring water and snacks.

To reserve your space and to receive updates about the event, please contact: carol@safehousealliance.org

OCTOBER  – Introduction to Social Justice Counseling                                  

Thursday October 13, 5:30 – 7:00 pm                                       Image result for social justice counseling

This workshop introduces participants to Social Justice Counseling as a tool for promoting human development and the common good through the use of counseling as a mechanism of social change. Social Justice Counseling theory takes the stance that counselors are uniquely positioned to address social justice issues, emphasizing prevention and strength-based approaches. Incorporating Social Justice Counseling in our practice can help transform social structures by recognizing the impact that unequal power, unearned privileges, and oppression has on one’s psychological, social, and spiritual well-being.

NOVEMBER – Cultural Appropriation                                                                  

Thursday November 10, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Although the term Cultural Appropriation mightcultural-diversity trigger an immediate reaction regardless of whether you belong to a large cultural group and feel that others have stolen your culture or if you have felt like you have been accused of Cultural Appropriation; come join us in this conversation. Before we open up to debate or discussion we will define what we mean when we talk about Cultural Appropriation. What is it? What do you mean when you apply that term? If we can all express that and put up a few loose boundary markers around the subject, that will make discussing its effects and manifestations a little easier and more effective.

Coming soon! – Social Justice Discussion Circlesocial_justice

Hosted by SPAN, the goal of this new offering is to provide an opportunity for social justice advocates to network and to share ideas and tools for change. Each meeting will focus on a particular issue or concern such as: the Trump campaign, hate speech, and its impact on our communities.

Fall Schedule Here

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Community Members: Suggested donation of $10 per session (no one will be denied for inability to pay)
Students & SPAN Volunteers/Interns: Free
To RSVP, contact carol@safehousealliance.org
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Purchase a Package Today! Individuals and Agencies may purchase a package deal:
(8 sessions for the price of 6) at the time of registration for $60 which reserves a seat for one individual or representative from your agency each month.
Agencies can send either the same or different representative each month.