Empowerment Self Defense Schedule
|10:45 AM – 12:15 PM||
Embodying Resistance: Self-Defense Training for Social Justice
Engaging in Empowerment Self-Defense is transformative. We all live in our bodies, and feeling safe and powerful is necessary for healing, freedom, and justice. Empowerment Self-Defense offers a radical lens for understanding gender-based violence and provides training in assertive communication, physical resistance, and tools for healing and growth. You will come away with skills for addressing every day and high-risk situations, for sustaining your work to end sexual violence, and for engaging in community action. Join us to get your Bold Moves on!
|1:45 PM – 3:15 PM||
The Neurobiology of Bravery: Managing the Stress Response to Create More Effective Bystanders
An often-overlooked factor that impacts decisions about bystander intervention is the role of the physiological stress response. If people are overwhelmed by stress hormones it can be hard to have the presence of mind to speak up and challenge sexual harassment or abuse. Attend this session to learn how feminist empowerment self-defense gives people tools to manage their stress responses so they can think clearly and communicate.
|3:30 PM – 5:00 PM||
Healing from Sexual Trauma: A Movement-Based, Empowerment Self-Defense Approach
Research on empowerment self-defense programs for survivors demonstrates that learning physical and verbal resistance skills in a supportive classroom environment improves survivor wellness. Benefits of empowerment self-defense include increased self-efficacy, reduced PTSD symptoms, and reduced anxiety. Participants in this session will learn the powerful impact rape crisis centers can have when they incorporate empowerment self-defense in their programs.