Through our Private Training program, we offer interactive workshops fully tailored to meet the specific needs of community organizations, businesses, government agencies, and other groups. We can also facilitate conversations related to diversity and social justice practice. We come to you and bring skills and tools that can be used to enhance your work or community environment.

Workshop Topics and Modules

Choose one or more of the modules listed below for customized training that best suits the needs of your group. Content and length will be tailored to your needs and interests.

Beyond Diversity

This training supports participants in being able to interact more effectively with diverse groups of people. Rather than encouraging cultural competency, we will explore and practice cultural humility and self-awareness. In addition to examining one’s own culture, belief systems, values and their implications in our lives and work, we will also explore key dimensions of culture and dimensions of intercultural adaptability. Content will be tailored to respond to the particular needs of a given group, but often also explores privilege, microaggressions, biases and how to counteract them, allyship, and implications for practice.

Understanding Oppression

This foundational training provides a dynamic understanding of oppression on individual and institutional levels, explores power, privilege and prejudice, and concrete skills in interrupting oppression. It can also specifically address effects of oppression on women, people of color, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, people experiencing houselessness, and otherwise marginalized communities.

Dismantling Racism

This session grounds students in the history of racism in Oregon and the US and a shared language for understanding relevant terms and concepts. Participants will explore different levels and forms of racism (internalized, interpersonal, institutional, structural), pre- and post-Civil Rights era expressions of racism, as well as approaches to race relations and critical thinking on concepts of a post-racial society. This session concludes with a discussion of allyship and ways that we can all work to dismantle racism.

Domestic Violence 101 and Domestic Violence 102 / In Her Shoes

Domestic Violence (DV) 101 will ground participants in an understanding of “domestic” and “intimate partner violence” (IPV), rooting them in their historical context. Participants will explore the causes of DV, the cycle of violence, and the limitations of this popular model, and the different forms of DV/IPV.

Students will leave this session with an understanding of how DV is much more than just a physical form of abuse and the limitations with posing the “Why doesn’t she just leave” question. This session will also explore the variety of barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, risk factors that may result in additional barriers, and debunking DV/IPV myths. This session concludes with a discussion of working effectively with survivors and provides resources for doing so.

Domestic Violence (DV) 102 provides an overview of foundational concepts related to DV, and uses an interactive activity to give attendees a deeper understanding of what survivors face in an abusive relationship by placing them in the shoes of a survivor.

Sex, Gender & Sexual Orientation

This workshop will develop a shared understanding of the meaning of key terminology and concepts related to gender/identity, and sexual orientation. This course will contribute to a more complex view of gender, beyond the traditional binary (Male/Female) convention. Attendees will reflect on their own gender identity and associated experiences of oppression and /or privilege. They will also develop allyship/advocate skills with regard to both listening and reflecting appropriate language and cultural cues, as well as interrupting homophobic/cissexist language and behavior.

Dynamics of Poverty

This training will help participants define poverty and explore its causes and effects. We will review national and local data on the demographics of people living in poverty as well as risk factors that can make one more vulnerable to economic instability. We will also explore the significance of the federal poverty line and social attitudes toward the poor and their implications for people living in poverty.

This information will translate into implications for service providers who as result of this workshop will be better equipped to provide more responsive and relevant services, and have time to practice communication skills that are effective in working with people from all income backgrounds. Finally, participants will explore and identify opportunities to join in efforts to end poverty.

Practicing Allyship

Do you ever feel guilty about privileges you have? Curious about how to leverage your own access to resources and experience in support of justice and fairness for everyone?

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.

*PREREQUISITES for this course: completion of Understanding Oppression and Dismantling Racism courses OR at least 3 other comparable social change workshops (completed at the YWCA or elsewhere) OR familiarity and experience in social justice work.

Who should participate?

Private training is for anyone with an interest or desire to drive social change, including:

  • organizations seeking to increase the diversity of their workforce
  • professionals who serve diverse communities
  • educators
  • social service providers
  • health care professionals
  • students
  • other groups, teams or businesses

Cost & Group Size

Cost is dependent on number of people, length of desired training, travel costs and other considerations. Workshops can accommodate groups of any size, but the number of participants will influence the format of the workshop session.

Contact Us to Get Started

Dara Snyder
Social Justice Program Manager
(503) 294-7395

View Upcoming Public Workshops

  • Safety Planning and Advocacy Skills

    Friday, March 9, 2018
    4610 SE Belmont

    During Safety Planning, Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Skills attendees will learn and practice advocacy skills vital to supporting survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault. Using real-life scenarios, we will work in small groups to apply these learned skills in crisis response situations & when creating safety plans. Discussions will also include healthy boundaries & tips for working with survivors.

  • Disability and Equity: A Deeper Conversation

    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    4610 SE Belmont

    This presentation will engage participants in learning from life experiences of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement. Presenters will discuss where the gaps lie in inclusion of people with disabilities, centering on those with identities that are underrepresented or systemically marginalized.

  • Effects of Domestic Violence and Trauma on Youth

    Thursday, March 22, 2018
    4610 SE Belmont

    During Effects of Domestic Violence and Trauma on Youth attendees will learn effects of domestic violence and trauma on youth of all ages, understand how trauma affects the parent-child bond develop skills and strategies for positive support and interventions, youth-specific advocacy, and parenting support.

  • “We thoroughly enjoyed Dara Snyder’s training Beyond Cultural Competency. Dara took what can be a sensitive topic and made it both accessible and comfortable for our staff. She researched the specific needs and challenges facing our organization and facilitated a training that was highly participatory, inclusive, and informative. Our staff was able to take away key concepts that could be put into practice right away in our day to day work. We are eager to put these tools to use within our organization, and in the communities we serve. Thank you!”

    – Leslie Brock, Executive Director of Donate Life Northwest

  • “Dara Snyder facilitated an excellent discussion of racism between staff, artists and members of the Board of Directors of our theater company. The program was given in two-day, four-hour sessions. It was well informed, well delivered, well paced, and of course, very well received. She outlined 3 major goals: to develop a shared language of race and racism, to explore a historical timeline of racism in the United States and to develop a shared framework for understanding race and race justice. As Dara so insightfully cautioned, we did not find all the answers to these issues but she undoubtedly set us on a path to greater understanding. She clearly understands how to foster a positive group process, and particularly one that involves people who have had different experiences with race. The slides and short videos she chose to present were well timed and kept the group moving forward without pushing us. I highly commend Dara for her presentation.”

    – Trish Garner, Artist Repertory Theatre Board Member