Prevention Education

The Phoenix Center at Auraria’s Violence Prevention Peer Education (VPE) Program raises awareness and exposes myths and stereotypes of interpersonal violence through interactive workshops in and out of classrooms.

To schedule a workshop please fill out our Workshop Request Form

The VPE program consists of a group of committed Auraria students who provide workshops on a variety of topics topics related to interpersonal violence (IPV). Workshops can be customized to run 60-90 minutes long so they can be easily implemented during a class period, staff meeting, or conference. They are interactive sessions that have very little lecture and intend to engage the students in the discussion of these difficult issues.

If you are interested in hosting an educational program or would like training for your campus organization or department then the PCA’s VPE program can help. They can tailor a presentation or interactive workshop to your needs.

Our most popular workshops include:

Interpersonal Violence 101
This session will provide a general overview of all aspects of interpersonal violence and will include interactive activities to help folks think about the dynamics of violence and issues such as consent, healthy relationships, and how to help a friend.

Interpersonal Violence 301
IPV 301 is a graduate-level curriculum addressing interpersonal violence in our society through collaborative discussions regarding identity and privileges and the intersections with interpersonal violence, effective bystander intervention, media literacy, and developing professional and empowering responses to survivor disclosures.

Healthy Relationships: What’s healthy? What’s hurting?
An interactive discussion in which Violence Prevention Educators and participants work to create a shared definition of healthy relationships (intimate or otherwise) by placing emphasis on the importance of our personal values, boundaries, and needs. The group will also explore healthy ways love is expressed, harbingers of relationships in trouble, and power and control dynamics. In this way the course works to empower participants with the knowledge and ability to differentiate among healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.

Bystander Intervention
Have you ever wanted to step into a situation because you knew something was wrong, particularly if it is a friend you are worried about? This workshop discusses bystander intervention and works to develop strategies to intervene in difficult situations. The focus is on incidents of stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence, but principles can be applied to much more.

Media Literacy
This workshop provokes discussion about what interpersonal violence is and how media and pop culture messages contribute to the normalization of it in our culture. Through activities, images and video clips the concepts of sexual objectification and gender construction in the social media age will be illustrated. The discussion will also look at intersections of race, class, and power as they relate to interpersonal violence. This workshop is intended to help participants think critically about a media heavy society and how it can affect views on interpersonal violence and what individuals and groups can do to create social change.

Gender Construction
This workshop is designed to highlight how language and societally constructed gender roles can contribute to sexism and interpersonal violence. We will explore how and why a binary gender system contributes to interpersonal violence and how we can help disarm and shift harmful gender stereotypes. This workshop aims to deconstruct the social construction of gender and help attendees critically think about gender privilege, inequality, and interpersonal violence.

For any additional information, please contact us at info@thepca.org