Are you looking to learn more about domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, sexually-exploited youth and general crime from our expert team? Cornerstone is a leader in the field of violence prevention and education.

40-Hour Training Series

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Twice a year, Cornerstone hosts a 40-hour training series for staff, volunteers and partners to learn about the dynamics, scope and impact of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking through a trauma-informed lens. Successful completion of the training will also include sexual violence advocate certification. The multi-week training is offered at a discounted rate for employees or volunteers of community-based domestic or sexual violence programs; there’s no charge for organizations that present during the training series. A $100 fee applies for all other attendees.

The next training series will be hosted virtually this fall. The virtual on-demand segment of the training will open on September 7 with the Zoom portion of the training taking place September 13-16. Please contact Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, Cornerstone’s Prevention, Education and Clinical Services Program Manager, at for more information about or to register for the upcoming training series.

Schedule a Speaker for Your Group of Adults or Youth

Our staff frequently provides trainings and workshops in Hennepin County and the Twin Cities. We’ve presented to community groups, Rotary Clubs and other civic groups, faith groups, law enforcement, local government, students, school administration and teachers, parent groups, other service providers and partners. Speaker fees may apply depending on prep time for customized presentations, travel time and length of the presentation or workshop. During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual trainings and workshops may be available.

Please use this form to request a speaker. Contact Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, Cornerstone’s Prevention, Education and Clinical Services Program Manager, at with questions.

Introductory Presentations (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 Violence 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, 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.

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.

Presentations for Parents and Professionals:

Creating a Trauma-informed Classroom Learning about how a student’s personal experiences of trauma may carry over into the classroom is the first step to creating a trauma-informed classroom. A trauma-informed classroom is a safe space rooted in respect, understanding and empathy that promotes the growth of students who act out 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 customized trauma-informed presentations related to violence prevention and promoting healthy relationships. Please contact with specific requests.

Violence Prevention Curriculum for Students:

Cornerstone’s School-based Services’ KNOW Abuse curriculum provides violence prevention presentations in school for elementary, middle and high school students. The KNOW Abuse program curriculum tailors learning objectives to align with the school’s existing health- based core curriculum and provides engaging and interactive learning activities to facilitate conversations about violence prevention. With the sudden and widespread closings of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our live classroom presentations to online on-demand courses.

Current Presentation Topics for Students Include:

  • Teen Dating Abuse 101
  • Teen Dating Abuse 201
  • Anger & Healthy Communication
  • Sexting
  • Gender Stereotypes

Please use this form to request a speaker. Contact Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, Cornerstone’s Prevention, Education and Clinical Services Program Manager, at with questions.

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Mission & Services

Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime.

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Minnesota Day One®

A statewide program of Cornerstone, Day One® works to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered so that all in need can find safety and support. Day One connects people to experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking or general crime to help at agencies throughout the state.

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Call: 1.866.223.1111
Text: 612.399.9995

Please call 911 in an emergency.

Minnesota Crime Victims

Cornerstone’s General Crime Victim Advocacy program assists victims of assault, child abuse, impaired drivers, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, homicide and other crimes. We also can connect you to crime victim agencies through Minnesota via our statewide Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.

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Call: 1.866.385.2699
Text: 612.399.9977

Please call 911 in an emergency.

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