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Education and Training for the Campus Community

Education & Training for the Westminster Community through ARISE

ARISE provides opportunities for education and training to our entire Westminster community in a variety of ways. Interpersonal Violence (IPV) can happen in many forms, and it’s important for individuals to realize what role they play in building a safer and more educated community for all members. ARISE offers valuable information regarding awareness of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. They work to shift the attitudes and beliefs about sexual and relationship violence to build a more informed and empathetic community.


Student Education & Training Opportunities

The following sessions are intended for use with students. Student organizations, RA’s, staff, and faculty can book these sessions to initiate the conversation about Interpersonal Violence on campus.

Interpersonal Violence on Campus: Starting the Conversation

These sessions provide students with valuable knowledge and skills for engaging in healthy relationships while realizing boundaries, consent and communication. Students will learn how to see signs of unhealthy and abusive behavior in situations that may cause harm. Training on how to report incidences on campus if they, or their friend, become a victim of interpersonal violence is included in this session. These sessions typically run about 45-60 minutes and provide students with an overview of the following:

  • Definition and dynamic of each type of IPV crime Prevalence of crimes happening on our campus and within our community
  • Discussing the cultural viewpoints and beliefs that may enable violence to occur
  • Consent: What it is, what it is not, and knowing when you have it
  • Safe and effective bystander techniques and tools Campus reporting options - including resources and policies at Westminster College

Titans Together Can End Interpersonal Violence on Campus

ARISE offers a comprehensive bystander intervention workshop that focuses on building skills and providing help as a friend or acquaintance. These workshops typically last about 45 minutes and give our college community tools to recognize when Interpersonal Violence (IPV) is taking place. They are currently offered in each section of Westminster 101, and can be booked for any classroom or student organization. The following are some of the skills taught in this workshop:

  • Warning signs – what they are and how to recognize them
  • The Five D’s and how to choose a safe and realistic intervention strategy
  • Adapting strategies to fit different situations
  • Campus rights and reporting options
  • Practice scenarios that give examples of difficult situations and conversations

Bringing in the Bystander

These 90-minute sessions will help everyone to understand we all play an important role in the intervention and prevention of interpersonal violence (IPV). It may be difficult to realize, but each of us will most likely be a witness, or bystander, to inappropriate behavior during our lifetime. You will explore reliable and individualized strategies that can be used to identify what level of intervention is needed. Some of the areas that are covered during training are as follows:

  • Understand what the concept of intervention entails
  • Identify what inappropriate sexual behaviors and relationship violence looks like
  • How to recognize and show empathy towards others
  • Your role of intervention before, during, and after an occurrence of IPV
  • Using your own abilities and skill set when deciding how to intervene in instances of IPV


Training Sessions for Faculty & Staff

The intended audience for these sessions is faculty and staff. These sessions can be booked by any department. All members of the Westminster community have a role to play in eliminating interpersonal violence on campus and supporting survivors.

You will learn how to recognize when someone needs intervention, or general support, and how to locate and share resources with students or employees who need help.

Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking Information and Awareness

This session gives an overview of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking that is specific to when these crimes are committed on campus. These sessions last around 45 minutes and can be tailored to specific requests. Some of the items reviewed include:

  • Definition of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Crimes
  • Prevalence of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Interpersonal Violence
  • Understanding the impact of victimization
  • Victim safety considerations on campus

When Someone Discloses Interpersonal Violence: A Referral and Resource Guide

This training empowers the campus community by giving them techniques to respond effectively and in a trauma informed manner. This training is applicable to many and specifically to department chairs and supervisors as well as campus professionals who work closely with students.

These sessions last about 30 minutes and will give you the knowledge needed to navigate the resources we offer. The topics covered include:

  • Initial response
  • Empowering the survivor
  • How to give referral services in a warm and effective manner
  • Understanding all the rights and reporting options available on campus


How to Book Education or Training Sessions

If you are interested in booking a session for your student organization, classroom, staff or any other campus activity, please contact Jessica Mudger, Assoc. Director of Well-being Programs and Violence Prevention at:; 724-946-7926.