Programs we Offer to Engage the Community
Wellspring wants to foster the social change necessary to ensure relationship and sexual abuse never occur in the first place. To achieve this goal, Wellspring offers learning opportunities reinforcing healthy relationship behaviors, building a culture of consent, and creating communities that do not tolerate relationship and sexual abuse. Programming is available for to adults and youth in any community based setting. In schools, we offer programs to both students and staff. Listed below are short descriptions of the programs Wellspring offers. We can present these individually or in combination to create larger presentations covering multiple areas of interest. Anyone interested in these programs or one that we specifically tailor to your needs, please use the contact form on this page to let us know you are interested or call 518-583-0280 and ask for Wellspring’s program director. If you are affiliated with a school, you can complete this classroom presentation request and return it to us as per the instructions in the form.
Wellspring staff are available to speak with any group of people – fellow professionals or community members – to describe the services that we provide and to touch on what relationship and sexual abuse is as well as how to get help. This is a great opportunity to increase awareness about the prevalence of relationship and sexual abuse and to identify ways to help us achieve our mission of supporting survivors and engaging the community to end relationship and sexual abuse.
Healthy Relationships vs Abusive Relationships
Participants will work together to identify healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. With their answers, group members will participate in a demonstration of the differences between healthy, unhealthy and abusive behaviors. After a short video, participants will work together to identify warning signs of abusive behaviors and understand ways to reach out and support others who may be experiencing relationship abuse.
Participants will be introduced to the concept of consent in everyday scenarios. Through discussion of mainstream media examples and life experience examples they will be able to identify harmful messages regarding consent. Participants will watch a short video and work together to create a list of the necessary components of consent and how they apply to every day interactions.
This program is most often presented in combination with one or two of the programs below. The initial presentation provides a base understanding of the dynamics of relationship or sexual abuse. Then, through the use of various cases of relationship and sexual abuse, group members will work together to identify potential areas of bystander intervention. Through discussion, participants will learn various ways to intervene and the steps needed for safe bystander intervention.
Exploring Abuse via Technology
Participants will work together to analyze scenarios that may or may not depict relationship abuse. Scenarios are given through a technological platform to demonstrate the connection between the virtual and physical worlds. This will lead to a larger discussion delineating the differences between unhealthy and abusive behaviors.
In Their Shoes or In Her Shoes (80 minutes needed for activity)
Participants will take on the life of a teenager (In Their Shoes) or an adult (In Her Shoes) experiencing relationship abuse. Throughout the activity participants will have to make choices regarding that relationship. In a larger group, participants will discuss their experience and identify unhealthy behaviors they witnessed. Additionally, participants will work to identify the normalization of unhealthy relationship behaviors that we see in mainstream media and ways to reach out and support others who may be experiencing relationship abuse.
“A Jury’s Dilemma”
Presented as a mock trial, this film explores a case of teenage sexual assault. The audience hears the testimony of Tonya (the complainant), Ryan (the defendant), their attorneys, and various witnesses as the case unfolds, then acts as the jury in determining Ryan’s legal guilt or innocence. A discussion between the viewers and the presenter is conducted to help promote a better understanding of sexual assault and the challenges that exist in prosecution. Prevention strategies are also discussed.