Effective communication strategies can help people see that sexual violence is not inevitable, and can motivate them to become part of solution-focused efforts, whoever and wherever they are. Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG), a program of the Public Health Institute, will deliver a full-day training on November 2, 2018 to help Missouri leaders identify shared communication challenges, develop research-informed, values- based messages, and build strategic communication skills. The training is open to members of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, as well as college and university staff through the University of Missouri’s Partners in Prevention Program.
The day will begin promptly at 9:00 am with an introduction to BMSG’s in-depth sexual violence research. BMSG’s Head of Research will share key framing challenges that emerged from the 5-year research process, as well as recommendations for developing effective messages that address those challenges and make the case for systemic and community-level approaches to address sexual harassment, abuse and assault. Participants will be grouped by occupation or institution to identify how the findings apply to their work, and later to practice applying the recommendations to their own short and long-term goals. BMSG’s experienced trainers will help groups refine and deepen their messages, and the interactive setting will create opportunities for participants to learn from one another. Participants will leave with the tools to develop messages that frame sexual violence as preventable and support work to build stronger relationships between college campuses and community-based organizations.
The training will end at 3:00 pm. There will be a 30-minute break for lunch (provided) and two 15-minute breaks during the day. Berkeley Media Studies Group is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California. For 25 years, BMSG’s research and trainings have expanded advocates’ ability to communicate about improving the systems and structures that make people, families, institutions and communities healthy and safe.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned.
The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 5 clock hours or 6 contact hours (.6 CEUs) for this activity.
Funding for this training was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written training materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.