A foundational tenet of the Green Dot etc. violence prevention strategy is the belief that we cannot expect others to engage in a process we are not willing to engage in ourselves.
A Green Dot etc. training is distinct from a typical conference experience. In addition to learning the core curriculum, the Green Dot etc. training engages participants in skill-building and analysis focused on fostering authentic relationships, personal connection and mastery of skills and knowledge necessary for effective persuasive communication.
A foundational tenet of the Green Dot etc. violence prevention strategy is the belief that we cannot expect others to engage in a process we are not willing to engage in ourselves. Toward this end, training participants should expect to engage in an in-depth examination of their personal and professional connection to the issue of violence prevention, obstacles to action, ways to learn from past efforts, and capacity development. Participants strengthen competence through experiential components including journaling, giving and receiving feedback, and small group process, practice and discussion.
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Specifically, the Green Dot etc. training will focus on building capacity as an instructor within each of the 4 components of the the Green Dot etc. Model of Influence.
- Relationships: We believe that any effective prevention program must be built within the context of authentic, positive interpersonal relationships. In order to equip participants to engage fully and build effective relationships in their role as instructors of Green Dot etc., we ask them to:
- Show up fully.
- Leave formalities of titles, credentials, and job description at the office and participate in the training as human beings.
- Engage in discussion within small group formats throughout the training and examine potential historical obstacles of this movement, obstacles imbedded within their organizations, and obstacles impacting them as individuals. This process is vital to enhance skills in establishing maximally effective relationships.
- Connection: Research suggests that people are most likely to engage in this issue if they feel a personal level of connection and responsibility. Therefore, in order to most effectively implement a prevention program, instructors need to be acutely aware of the stakes and urgency of this issue. At the same time, connection to hope is essential to propel cultural change and to create a safe space for individuals to embark on a new set of behaviors. In order to effectively foster connections among their participants, instructors are given the opportunity to explore their own connections through journaling, reflection and small group discussion.
- Knowledge: The Green Dot etc. curriculum is based on research, data and theory pulled from across disciplines. Instructors will not only be trained on the current research across relevant fields of study but they will also be challenged to examine research within our own field and to apply the knowledge to improve upon methodologies. Instructors will also be trained on the curriculum they will present to their participants.
- Skills: Green Dot etc. adheres to the simple notion that “it doesn’t matter what you are saying if no one is listening.” Effective delivery of content is an often overlooked component of our education and prevention efforts. Regardless of the strength of the content, the delivery will play a significant role in determining the degree of effectiveness of a given program. As such, over the course of the 4-day training, instructors will engage in a progressive skill building exercise focused on persuasive communication skills.
To schedule an on-site training please contact Dorothy J. Edwards, Ph.D., Executive Director for more information.
Check out Dorothy Edwards discussing Green Dot on Kentucky Educational Television. Click here to view.
At Green Dot, etcetera, our work goes beyond the Green Dot program itself. As leaders in violence prevention, we provide training, technical assistance, and program development for individuals, schools, and organizations both domestically and internationally as they work to foster safe communities. We are proud to be a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program. To learn more about that initiative, please visit our OVW Technical Assistance section.
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