[Trauma & Resilience]: Empowerment Self-Defense

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom link (Link to view webinar will be sent in confirmation email)


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What: [Trauma & Resilience Webinar]: Empowerment Self-Defense

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 1-2:30 PM EST

Where: via Zoom Webinar (The webinar link will be provided to registrants the week of the training). 

Fee: This webinar is free to attend. No CEUs will be provided. 

Accessibility: ASL Interpreting and Closed Captioning will be available for this training.

Facilitated By: IMPACT Boston Staff. Adriana Li, Program Coordinator, Jeanine Woods, IMPACT:Ability Coordinator, and Meg Stone, Executive Director.

Training Description: 

Self-defense training promotes body-oriented healing and practical safety planning. Feminist empowerment approaches to self-defense teach a wide range of resistance strategies, which include assertive communication, boundary setting, de-escalation, strategic physical escape, and physical resistance. Empowerment-based programs emphasize choice and resilience while actively challenging victim-blaming. Research shows that empowerment self-defense programs reduce trauma symptoms, help survivors find their voices, and prevent sexual assault. This workshop will introduce principles and practices of empowerment self-defense and present IMPACT’s programs for women and communities of color and people with disabilities.

Trainer Bios:

Jeanine Woods is an IMPACT:Ability Program Coordinator at IMPACT Boston. She teaches the Peer IMPACT program as well as safety and self-advocacy, abuse reporting and response, healthy relationships and sexuality education and internet safety within the Boston Public School system. Social justice and community service have been a lifelong passion for creating access for all people with disabilities and networking these people to the resource they can use.

Adriana Li is a Program Coordinator and Instructor of IMPACT and IMPACT:Ability programs, since 2017. She has worked at Triangle, Inc. since January 2017, serving adults with disabilities to focus on advocacy and independence in the workplace. She comes from a background of arts & education, holding a bachelor's degree in theater from Pine Manor College. She has been a youth educator/ mentor in various museum and K-8 school programs since 2008. Adriana looks forward to helping other develop the strength of their voice and power at IMPACT.

Meg Stone is the Executive Director of IMPACT and the Project Director of IMPACT:Ability. Meg has led IMPACT since 2005 and in that time she has led the development of abuse prevention and safety training programs for schools, homeless shelters, rape crisis centers, disability service agencies and domestic violence organizations. Meg's writing about abuse-related issues has been published in the Washington Post, Ms., WBUR's Cognoscenti, the Huffington Post, and the Patriot Ledger.



  • ASL Interpreting and Closed Captioning will be made available for this training.  

  • Other Interpretation Services (D/deaf, hard of hearing, language interpretation): If you are a D/deaf or person hard of hearing with a disability who requires an accommodation, or are someone who would benefit from language interpretation in a language other than English (ex: Spanish, Portuguese, etc.), please contact Ariel Valdes at 617-557-1801 or avaldes@janedoe.org. In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request.  

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