training institute

Since its formation in 2000, the Alliance has been a leader in providing evidence-based training to social service agencies, hospitals, criminal justice systems, medical providers, educators, youth, and others. Our trainings help individual professionals and institutions build the capacity to better respond to sexual violence as well as develop institutional policies based on best practices in the sexual assault field.


The Alliance was among the organizations whose voices informed the writing and passage of New York State’s Enough is Enough legislation, which provides guidelines to institutions of higher education statewide in their treatment of the problem of sexual violence. As a part of this effort, the Alliance launched the Campus Training Institute (CTI), a training program designed to meet the requirements of critical federal and state legislations while helping colleges and universities address sexual violence among students, staff and faculty from an intersectional and trauma-informed perspective.We assist schools with their onboarding and ongoing educational training efforts on a wide range of topics including the causes and effects of sexual violence, consent, and bystander engagement.


Examples of requested trainings:

  • Title IX Coordinator Training
  • Causes and Effects of Sexual Violence
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Engaging Greek Life and Athletics
  • Sex, Sexuality, and Consent Communication
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service providers

The Alliance’s signature training program Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training Institute (SAFETI) is the largest New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)-certified training program for licensed emergency department and medical professionals in New York State. SAFETI is the only training program in New York City that is open to all licensed doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. SAFETI trains staff of organizations aiming to improve their services to survivors of sexual assault.   The Alliance also develops and provides tailored trainings for a variety of human service organizations who wish to address the issue of sexual violence.


Examples of requested trainings:

  • Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
  • The Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Volunteer Advocates Training
  • Sexual Violence and Acute Care Treatment


January 2021 Adult/Adolescent SAFE Course
Beginning January 27th, this comprehensive, 40-hour* SAFE certification course trains medical professionals to provide competent, compassionate care to sexual assault victims, while using the most advanced technology associated with DNA and other sexual assault forensic evidence collection and preservation. Upon completion of all course requirements, course participants will be able to use the Certificate of Completion in order to be certified as a SAFE with the NYS Department of Health. 


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The Alliance’s trainings and technical assistance initiative support the efforts of rape crisis programs, practitioners, schools, community organizations and non-traditional partners, including bars, nightlife establishments, transportation services, in sexual violence prevention and response. Having served as a formal  New York State Center of Excellence in Sexual Assault Prevention (COEs), we use a well-formed technical assistance methodology and have the successful track record required to guide thoughtful prevention programs in multiple settings.   Our Training and Technical Assistance staff works closely with programs on an individual level to provide customized training,  policy and programming advice, needs assessments, and educational opportunities. We also work regionally and at state level to increase the representation of the needs and rights of survivors, the programs that serve them, and the communities most affected by sexual violence through technical assistance, training and advocacy.   We provide educational resources, such as toolkits and webinars, designed to increase skills and knowledge of survivors, providers, policymakers and the general public about trends and needs related to innovative programs and best practices in sexual violence prevention and response.


Examples of requested training topics:

  • Consent
  • Sexual Violence Prevention on College Campuses
  • Bystander Engagement
  • Preventing Sexual Violence in Nightlife Spaces
  • Engaging Men in Sexual Violence Prevention
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Social Work Continuing Education Courses

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is approved to provide Continuing Education to LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State.  The Alliance is pleased to provide training and workshops to licensed providers via our Training Institute.  Courses will be held online and at low cost.


Interested in a specialized training tailored to the needs of your organization or community? Complete the training request form, below, with detailed information and we will respond to your request quickly!

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Contact the Alliance to learn more about how we can support your efforts to address the issue of sexual violence. request training