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Cornerstone is a leader in the field of violence prevention and education.

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Cornerstone has a number of professional staff available to provide trainings and workshops on a variety of topics related to domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. Cornerstone also frequently holds professional workshops and trainings throughout the year.

For information about training and to request a speaker, please email Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, Cornerstone’s Prevention, Education and Clinical Services Program Manager, at cherylk@cornerstonemn.org.

Trainings and Presentations Offered by Cornerstone Staff

Information Sessions (15 minutes – 60 minutes):

  • Introduction to Cornerstone. Learn about Cornerstone’s history, who we serve, what programs we provide, and how you can get involved in our work to decrease the prevalence of interpersonal violence.
  • Fundamentals of Domestic and Sexual Violence. Domestic violence and sexual Violence are complicated and complex social issues without easy answers. This training can be customized to meet your group’s specific needs (i.e. Pregnancy and Domestic Violence, Domestic/Sexual Violence and the Medical Community or Faith Community, What You Can Do To Help, Interconnection between Domestic Violence and Poverty, etc.)
  • Human Trafficking. This training examines the extent of human trafficking, its relationship to domestic violence and sexual assault, the risk factors and red flags, and how to support efforts to end trafficking.

Social Justice Trainings:

  • Power, Privilege and Oppression. As we interact with a wide range of people coming from a variety of backgrounds, it is our responsibility as service providers and compassionate human beings to be mindful of how power, privilege and oppression intersect with our work. We will examine systems of power, layers of privilege and how the oppressive roots of both affect everyone. We will also discuss how to intentionally strive for intersectionality, equity and equality as we work together to make our communities safer. In addition, we will learn how to foster our expanding self-awareness, our deeper understanding of how we all internalize and contribute to systemic harm and our own continued education.
  • LGBTQ Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence: Domestic and Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ Community
  • Trans Inclusivity in Programs: How Can Programs Be More Transgender Inclusive
  • Abuse in Later Life: This presentation examines the barriers, extent of the problem and how to help someone in later life who is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault.

KNOW ABUSE Violence Prevention Curriculum:
Cornerstone’s School Based Services KNOW Abuse curriculum provides violence prevention presentations for elementary, middle, and high school students. The KNOW Abuse program curriculum tailors learning objectives to dove-tail the school’s existing health- based core curriculum and provides engaging and interactive learning activities to facilitate nuanced conversations about violence prevention. All presentations can be tailored to age appropriate audiences.

Current Presentation Topics for Students Include:

  • Anger and Healthy Communication
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Sexting
  • Teen Dating Abuse
  • Sexual Violence

Presentations for Parents and Professionals:

  • Creating a Trauma-informed Classroom. Teachers and educators can create “trauma-informed” classrooms by cultivating an awareness of how students’ personal experiences of trauma may carry over into the classroom. The trauma-informed classroom is a safe space rooted in respect, understanding and empathy that promotes an acting-out students’ growth by preserving their dignity while also maintaining a sense of accountability. This workshop, led by a Cornerstone Youth Advocate and Violence Prevention Educator, will empower teachers with the skills to avoid power struggles, calm and validate agitated students, respond to tough situations and conversations on topics like suicide, sexual assault and harassment, bullying, etc. as well as leverage school and community resources to get students the help they need. (60 minutes. Designed for teachers and school staff.)
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll: How to Be an Askable Adult About Anything. Tips and Strategies for Enhancing Parent Approachability About Tough Subjects That Matter to Young People. Being an askable adult means that young people see you as someone who is safe, non-judgmental and approachable about issues that they may face. The askable adult is a good listener, respects confidentiality and is willing to look for accurate information to support young people in making healthy decisions for themselves. In this workshop adult participants will develop skills for communicating and advocating for the young people in their lives. We will explore issues that affect teens such as sexual assault, dating abuse, bullying, risk-taking, alcohol and drug use, suicide, identity and self-esteem, mental health, etc. and explore proactive ways to respond as a caring adult. (60 minutes. Designed for parents.)
  • Decoding Rape Culture: Challenging Narratives that Normalize Sexual Violence. Within the sexual violence prevention movement, it is widely understood that gender-based violence and other forms of oppression are woven within the fabric of our cultural construct. This workshop will utilize multimedia, storytelling, performance art and audience interaction to introduce participants to basic media literacy concepts to develop skills for decoding Rape Culture and explore how media and media-based activities can be used to create transformative learning opportunities to spark “Aha” moments that will ultimately help us invoke a new reality of Consent Culture.
  • Youth and Young Adult Advocacy Basics. This presentation will provide an overview on providing advocacy to youth and young adults including: understanding legal definitions of youth/minor vs. organization definitions of youth (could be up to 24); differentiating advocacy from therapy and counseling; recognizing the challenges of advocating and overcoming system barriers; strategies for building rapport and creating safe spaces for youth; youth specific safety planning; and suggestions for activities that promote youth engagement.
  • Customized Presentations Related to Violence Prevention and Promoting Healthy Relationships. Cornerstone’s School-Based Services educators can work with school staff, parents, or other youth workers and organizations to create trauma-informed custom presentations related to violence prevention and promoting healthy relationships. Please contact us with specific requests.

Please contact Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, Cornerstone’s Prevention, Education and Clinical Services Program Manager, at cherylk@cornerstonemn.org or 952-884-0376 for more information.