School Programs

In 2016, Erin’s Law, introduced as SB 460, was passed by the New Hampshire state congress. This statute requires school boards to ensure abuse prevention is part of the health curriculum for K-12 schools. MCVP programming offers schools a way to meet this requirement with comprehensive research and/or evidence-based curriculum, at no cost, and without added work for teachers. We offer programming to cover all grade levels with developmentally appropriate prevention education.

** Indicates programs that cover RSA 169-C:3

Pre-K & Elementary School

At MCVP, we believe adults are 100% responsible for preventing child abuse. That is why we have chosen The Healthy Relationships Project as our flagship educational program. The Healthy Relationships Project is a trauma-informed, social and emotional learning curriculum suite created by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for children in preschool through eighth grade as well as the adults who care for them. The research-based curriculum suite provides comprehensive and developmentally appropriate abuse prevention education that not only adds protective factors to the lives of children, but also works towards stopping abusive behaviors from forming within children. The Healthy Relationships Project is made of three curricula: Care for Kids, We Care Elementary, and SAFE-T. Each grade level program builds on the previous one giving opportunities to learn skills and gain knowledge to form healthy relationships and recognize unhealthy behavior. Included with each curriculum, are workshops for parents and caregivers and school faculty and staff. As always, these programs are all delivered without cost to the school.

Research-based Care for Kids is designed for kids in preschool through grade two and includes six developmentally appropriate thirty-minute lessons. Topics include asking for help, bodies, and trusted adults. The Care for Kids curriculum helps children to practice speaking to adults about their feelings, develop body autonomy, respect for self and others, and foundational empathy.

Research-based We Care Elementary, designed for kids in grades 3 through 6 and includes six thirty-minute lessons for each grade. This curriculum builds upon lessons in Care for Kids, but can be delivered independently. We Care elementary helps children to develop a healthy self-esteem, begin to recognize abusive behaviors, learn coping skills and more complex emotions, and continue speaking to trusted adults.

Middle & High School Programming

SAFE-T is a research-based curriculum designed for children in grades 7 & 8. In seven or ten sessions, students will discuss gender stereotypes, boundaries, sexual harassment vs. flirting, consent, resources, and bystander interventions. Each grade level will explore these topics at different depths, one building upon the other. This program empowers children with knowledge to build a better community, helps them to recognize and identify abusive behaviors in themselves and others, develop deeper respect and empathy skills, gain a better understanding for their own feelings, and seek help.

An evidence-based, multi session curriculum developed and evaluated by UNH Prevention Innovations that teaches students to recognize and become positive bystanders in situations of sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. Bringing in the Bystander is interactive, designed for multiple learning styles, and focuses on the community responsibility to prevent violence rather than the individual.

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Breaking the Cycle with MCVP

For middle school and high school: Consists of the following five programs. programs can also be delivered independently.

Students will discuss what is needed for a healthy relationship and learn the signs of an unhealthy or abusive one.  We will also discuss healthy conflict, empathy, respect, as well as sexual harassment and sexual coercion.

  • Includes digital and physical content
  • 90 minutes

 

  • Students will explore socially accepted and often harmful beliefs about gender.  We will discuss the gender spectrum and how violence can occur when we omit people or believe generalized ideas or expectations about one person.
  • 90 minutes 

 

 

  • This is a consent workshop. Students will discuss the definitions of sexual assault and consent and will spin the wheel to put their knowledge into practice through various scenarios where consent will be required.
  • Includes digital and physical content.
  • 90 minutes.
  • Students will learn to recognize victim blaming when they hear it or see it while also exploring social norms, laws, and legal procedures.  Students will learn skills to change our culture into one that is supportive of survivors and ends the normalization of abusive behaviors. 
  • Grades 10-12
  • This is an interactive bystander course. Students will learn how to spot a potentially abusive situation and how they could improve or even stop it from happening. We will also discuss sexual harassment, digital abuse, and dating violence.
  • 120 minutes.
  • Suitable for middle school and high school.

Nationally Recognized Prevention Curriculum

  • Students will choose a character and follow them through their experience with an abusive relationship. This program is interactive in that the students will make the decisions that determine the characters fate. After the activity, the group will come back together and discuss what factors contributed to the characters fate and what factors could have made a difference.
  • This is an evidence-based program from the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence.
  • For high school students.
  • Delivered in one ninety-minute session or two shorter sessions.
  • Created by One Love Foundation, this is a presentation on dating violence. Students will watch a forty-minute film that is the story of an abusive relationship from start to finish and then discuss the warning signs of abuse, how friends and family could have helped, and available resources.
  • Delivered in one ninety-minute session.
  • For eleventh and twelfth grade.
  • Developed by Break the Cycle, students engage in a Real Talk in which we will answer their questions based on the topics of their choosing. One week before the session we will give a list of topics to students. they will select two or three topics from the list and craft questions about these. We will answer openly and honestly as developmentally appropriate.
  • For middle and high school.
  • Delivered in one session.
  • Created by One Love Foundation, animated characters display healthy versus unhealthy behaviors in dating relationships. Students will discuss the differences and why the behaviors are considered healthy or unhealthy. The discussion is followed by a group activity.
  • Two sixty-minute sessions, Can be delivered in one ninety-minute session.
  • Middle School

Middle School

One Love Foundation: Couplets

Grades 6-8 **

The One Love Foundation’s Couplet curriculum uses short (10-20 second) videos to showcase examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship characteristics. The curriculum covers intensity, put-downs, anger, disrespect, guilt, control, obsession and isolation. The videos are accompanied by a lively class discussion and activities. The core learn goals of this program is self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Can be completed in one to eight class sessions.

Sexual Harassment, Boundaries and Consent Workshops & Presentations

MCVP: Crisis & Prevention Education team can compile curriculum centered around sexual harassment: the effects, what it looks like, flirting vs. harassment, the legal ramifications, provide tools and resources; boundaries: how to recognize them, what to do if they’ve been crossed or if you’ve crossed someone else’s boundaries and how to start conversations around boundaries. The Look, Listen and Check-in tool is also provided to students; consent: active vs. passive, affirmative, how to know if there is or is not consent in situations and how to get help when consent was not given.

We can also cover sexting and sending nude photos and what it can do socially and emotionally to someone, as well as the legal ramifications for minors, while creating a safe space for students to ask questions and get help if needed.

Media Literacy

  • An in-depth look at messages about sex, gender, and violence in social media, television or film, and video games. We will discuss how these messages can lead to harmful stereotypes and affect our relationships and behavior.
  • Mostly digital presentation
  • 90 minutes
  • For seventh through ninth grade.

High School

Bring in the Bystander

Grades 9-12

MCVP can tailor programming around healthy relationship building by introducing early warning signs of abusive behavior, exploring the impact of gender roles and stereotypes on relationships and familiarizing students with local and national resources. We also cover sexual assault awareness and risk reduction along with sexting and sending nude photos and what it can do socially and emotionally to someone, as well as the legal ramifications for minors, while creating a safe space for students to ask questions and get help if needed.

Teen Relationship Violence Workshops & Presentations

Grades 9-12

MCVP can tailor programming around healthy relationship building by introducing early warning signs of abusive behavior, exploring the impact of gender roles and stereotypes on relationships and familiarizing students with local and national resources. We also cover sexual assault awareness and risk reduction along with sexting and sending nude photos and what it can do socially and emotionally to someone, as well as the legal ramifications for minors, while creating a safe space for students to ask questions and get help if needed.

One Love Foundation

Grades 9-12

Because I love You

“Because I Love You” is one example of a phrase that can take on a different meaning and be used for mental manipulation in unhealthy and abusive relationships. One Love’s Because I Love You program is a video pairing “Because I Love You” and “Because I Love You – Double Whiskey” that takes viewers through the subtleties of early warning signs to more apparent unhealthy behaviors. Both videos are paired with follow along guides and a lively discussion after both videos. This program can be completed in one-two class sessions.

Escalation Workshop

Grades 11-12 & College

MCVP’s prevention team members are trained One Love Escalation Workshop facilitators. The Escalation Workshop consists of a 40 minute video, discussion and activation piece. The video follows a young, college couple’s relationship. Along the relationship viewers see subtle and dangerous warning signs that a healthy relationship is turning unhealthy and abusive. The mission of this workshop is to provide young people with the tools to recognize the warning signs of relationship abuses, remembering that emotional abuse is a major issue that is often overlooked and not acknowledged. This workshop also goes over bystander intervention and resources.

Behind the Post

“Behind the Post” is a short 7 minute video that follows a young couple’s relationship both through social media and “behind the post”. It engages viewers to discuss reality versus social media and how to recognize warning signs that what someone may be seeing online is actually unhealthy and abusive. It also covers the pressure young people feel to be #relationshipgoals and showcase the “perfect” relationship. This workshop can be completed in one class session.

In Their Shoes

Grades 9-12

This program follows the true stories of six teenagers experiences with unhealthy and abusive relationship in an interactive format. The students are given story cards and follow their persons story from station to station. At each station students are able to make a decision based on the information provided that will either have positive or negative outcomes. Along the way, they see firsthand where things either go wrong or right for the teenagers. This program covers unhealthy relationships, abusive relationships, stalking, racism, sexual coercion, murder/suicide and LGBQ+ specific relationship abuse. This program can be completed in one class period. Due to the nature of this lesson, we recommend not doubling classes — this helps keep the flow of the room and discussion focused.

Support Groups

Our educators are happy to explore support group facilitation within your school based on the needs of the students.

Parents & Educators

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

(PCAVT)

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development is a training created by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont that was designed to help adults better understand the sexual development of children and learn how to respond to children’s sexuality in ways that promote health and positivity. Participants will also discuss the realities of sexual abuse and ways to better protect the children in their lives.

Content is customizable for a range of audiences and can be used for personal growth or professional development in educational settings.

Parent Workshops

Parent workshops are also available to help parents navigate dating violence and sexual violence conversations with their teens and tweens. Workshops may be tailored to group needs with topics including talking about consent, recognizing unhealthy relationships, and supporting teens who experience abuse.

For parents we offer an ‘Understanding Teen Dating Violence workshop’, ‘In their Shoes‘, ‘Consent for Parents‘ and a parent version of ‘Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development‘.

For more information please contact:

Katrina Nugent

Education & Community Outreach Coordinator

603-352-3844 x208 or edcoordinator@mcvprevention.org

Don’t see something you’re interested in bringing to your workplace or school? Let us know and we may be able to create a program tailored to your needs.

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