The YWCA of Greater Portland offers a variety of trainings, workshops, and fundraising events that provide hundreds of individuals, organizations, and businesses the opportunity to engage in social change through participation and sponsorship. We offer regular workshops for individuals and businesses on social justice topics such as domestic violence and the workplace, anti-violence and sexual assault prevention, advocacy, allyship, diversity training, and more.

These events and fundraisers help us fulfill our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, and move us towards building a stronger community.

If you’re interested in sponsoring one of our community events or workshops, contact Susan Stoltenberg, Executive Director, at (503) 294-7490 or

Trauma-Informed Care 101 (06/30)

In this course, participants will: overview Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), review short-term and long-term effects of trauma, PTSD and other analyses of trauma, discuss how trauma psychologically, socially and developmentally affects children, adults and most plausibly, our clients, and review the importance and modes of Trauma-Informed care and possible triggers in the workplace.


Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Survivors (07/05)

While domestic violence is a global problem, its cultural interpretations and expressions vary. In this training, we will explore traditional cultures of Immigrants and Refugees and how it can impact access to services that may be crucial for survivors of domestic violence.


Personal Safety and De-Escalation (07/13)

Topics will include laying a foundation for safety, using internal and external safety strategies to assess a dangerous situation, various strategies for preventing and ending attacks and discussion about escape option and exploration of de-escalation.


Trauma-Informed Care & More 102 (07/17)

In this course, participants will: expand on the importance and modes of Trauma-Informed care; explore more possible triggers in the workplace; examine reflective practice through a trauma lens, case studies, potential scenarios, and team-building exercises around sensitive approaches to trauma and PTSD such as what to do, and what not to do; and learn what a trauma-informed inclusive practice might look like.


Legal Advocacy (07/24)

In this workshop participants will come to understand legal issues survivors may experience, specifically regarding protective orders and prosecution as well as learn ways to support survivors interfacing with the legal system.


Practical Allyship (07/31)

While talking about our privilege can be hard and even dangerous, we should not feeling guilty for unearned privilege, and instead hold on to our privileges and take responsibility to be aware of them and fight/speak up on behalf of others without such privileges and opportunities. This training will help participants to learn to do so more effectively and help them prepare for a lifelong, ever-evolving journey of allyship.


Teen Dating Violence (08/14)

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an issue that affects all genders, cultures, socioeconomic classes…and ages. This training will help participants become more familiar with some the ways that intimate partner violence uniquely affects young people, including middle and high school-aged youth.


Sexism 101 (08/23)

An understanding of gender-based oppression is vital for everyone invested in ending violence. During this training, we will discuss how sexism is a form of power-based violence, as well as the ways it intersects with other systems of oppression.

Mindful and Inclusive Leadership

Mindful and Inclusive Leadership (08/30)

An inclusive leadership approach can help domestic violence prevention & treatment programs, as well as other social service programs, to improve communication within the agency staff and clients, as well as to attract and retain a more diverse workforce.