MCASA Training for Professionals

MCASA Training Offerings

MCASA regularly provides and supports training for professionals working in the fields of sexual assault prevention and response. Unless otherwise noted, MCASA trainings are free of charge. Training is typically tailored to professionals or volunteers working in a particular area, such as victim advocacy 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.


3 2 victim advocate training (3)32-Hour Comprehensive 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, reproductive coercion, working with underserved populations, and other special topics.


Campus Regional TrainingRegional Campus Training

This training series is open to campus investigators, police, administrators and staff, counselors, students, 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: campus safety planning and no contact orders, consent and the real world, making campus climate surveys work for you, faculty disclosures, working with underserved populations, and other special topics.


College Consortium (1)College Consortium

This training is provided to the statewide network of college staff and other professionals that works collectively to prevent violence and respond to the needs of victim-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. The College Consortium trainings help colleges build a network with other colleges, local rape crisis centers, and other organizations to share and build successful prevention strategies and resources.



Sexual Assault and the Law

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: Protecting Records and Other Personal Information

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.



FNE training (1)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 (1)Law Enforcement

This training is 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, but offender-focused. Topics covered in this training include the realistic dynamics of sexual assault; trauma and its effect on victims; current Maryland sex offense law; and appropriate techniques for case interviews, evidence collection, and report writing.


SART (1) (1)SARTs

This training is designed to help develop Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) and 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. Team members work together to care for victims, collect evidence, and increase the prosecution rate of offenders.




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.


Prevention (1)Prevention

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.



Preventing, Identifying, and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse in Maryland

This training was created to give a comprehensive look at the effects of Child Sexual Abuse(CSA). This online training module is designed to create self-paced education on preventing, identifying, and reporting CSA that is specific to the state of Maryland.  Training topics include: sexual abuse of a minor, grooming behaviors by perpetrators, who is a mandatory reporter and what their responsibilities are under the law, healthy sexual behaviors of children, and primary prevention methods that can be employed by educators and clinicians.



Special Topics (1)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. This training is an opportunity to delve into the more specific needs, questions, and topics of your community.