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Professional Development

Advocacy and Education Philosophy and Services

With nearly 40 years of experience, we are fully convinced that education and advocacy go hand in hand to reducing the prevalence of violence and its devastating impact on society.

Our Philosophy

Violence is a major public health issue affecting mental, physical, emotional, financial and spiritual health. Our education and outreach programs provide vital information, tools and resources to raise awareness about victimization and the impacts of crime, increased public and personal safety, and facilitate violence prevention.  In addition to core messages and strategies, many of our programs utilize the power of the arts to deepen and reveal our shared human experience and inspire collective work toward peace and healing.

Through culturally and socially competent programs that address and serve the diverse needs of our community, Center for Victims increases the ability of all individuals, families, and communities to live violence- and crime-free lives.

Upcoming Trainings

Conflict Resolution Training

Conflict presents opportunity. The conflicts you face in everyday life are opportunities to have constructive conversations, to resolve issues peacefully, and to enhance your interactions with others to have more meaningful and less stressful relationships. During this 15 hour course, participants improve how they perceive and approach conflict. Experienced instructors assist participants in developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills that foster productive outcomes of conflict while reducing negative impacts on personal or professional relationships. Completion of the 15 hours results in a certificate of completion and serves as a prerequisite for participation in the 24-hour Mediation class. Full attendance is required for certificate.Register now for our July training!  Check out current community representative training opportunities with CRhere.

Mediation Training

This 24-hour experiential course builds on basic conflict resolution skills to assist participants in becoming proficient in a party-centered, transformative mediation model. If you are seeking techniques and tools to enhance effective communication with and between people, especially your ability to act as a third party for others (such as employees or family members in conflict situations) you will find this course invaluable. Participants learn skills that promote constructive conversation and ways to help people in conflict work out their own solutions. Conflict Resolution is a mandatory prerequisite to this course. Register now for our July training!

Educational Presentations

We are available to address the greater Pittsburgh community on a variety of issues as they relate to violence, its impacts, prevention strategies, and more.  Please call 412-482-3240 to invite us to speak with your group or community about topics that can include any of the following:

  • Center for Victims Services/Victim’s Rights
  • Impacts of Violence and Crime – Effective Response to Trauma
  • Understanding Trauma and Grief
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Sexual Harassment
  • Safety Programs for People with Disabilities
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healthy Relationships and Dating Abuse Prevention
  • Safety Awareness and Planning for the Elderly