What is the 40-hour training? 

This training equips attendees with the foundational knowledge and skills needed for sexual assault advocacy. Attendees will learn about the dynamics of sexual violence and advocacy, while also examining the intersection between oppression and domestic/sexual violence. To ensure that sexual assault advocates provide confidential and competent services, advocates (volunteers or paid staff) at rape crisis centers or community-based advocacy agencies must complete this training prior to working with victims/survivors of sexual assault.

In order to receive the sexual assault advocate certification, all 40 hours of the training must be completed.


Several topics will be covered in this training, some highlights include sexual violence 101, pillars of advocacy, mandated reporting, violence in the LGBTQ/African American/Somali/Latinx communities, and the relationship between anti-oppression and anti-violence work. 


The majority of the training will be in-person presentations, with some at-home-learning hours in between sessions. Both formats include lecture-style presentations, group discussions, journaling, quizzes, pre-recorded webinars, and structured activities. 

Registration for the Spring training is full

Below are the details of the current 40-hour training. Please check back for future training dates. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer interest form.


Lucy B, 360 Communities’ Sexual Assault Services Supervisor, will be facilitating the training alongside several community partners, including:

  • Artika Roller, Executive Director at Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault  (MNCASA)
  • Linda Thompson, Operations Director at Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC)
  • Kelly Nelson-Cichosz, Forensic Nursing Program Lead at Allina Health
  • Derrick Warnecke, Electronic Forensic Analyst at Dakota County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mary McRoy, East Metro Regional Navigator at 180 Degrees
  • Kristen Davis, Mental Health Practitioner at Nexus Facts
  • Alison Feigh, Director at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center


If you have any questions, please reach out to Lucy B at lucyb@360communities.org


Please let us know what accessibility needs you have (ASL, captioning, etc.) when you register so that we can make this training accessible to you.


The 40 hours are made up of 28 hours of in-person training and 12 hours of on-your-own learning. The in-person training sections will be held at the Burnsville Resource Center- 501 East Highway 13, Suite 112 Burnsville, Minnesota 55337.

Dates and Times:

The on-your-own learning will be assigned like homework after each session, to be completed by the following session. The in-person sessions will held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 1st, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 3rd, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 5th, 8:00 am – Noon
  • Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 10th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 17th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 19th 8:00 am – Noon
  • Tuesday, March 22nd, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 24th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


This training is free.