Community Education

We are available to train and educate healthcare professionals, law enforcement officials, members of the clergy and other faith-based leaders, community organizations, corporations, and professional associations on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual violence. If you are interested in scheduling a training for your group or workplace, please contact the education program at CADA by calling 507-625-8688 ext. 103 or emailing


Prevention in Communities and Schools

At CADA, we are focused on our partnerships with area schools and strive to help schools create and maintain safe, respectful, and healthy learning environments. We are trained to deliver several youth-specific domestic violence and sexual violence programs. Our educators work to raise awareness and provide information on how gender roles and expectations, as well as our culture, influence dating violence and sexual assault. Students also learn about resources, risk reduction strategies and bystander intervention. Staff trainings and parent information sessions are also available. If you are interested in scheduling a program or presentation at your school, please contact the Education Program Manager at CADA by calling 507-625-8688 ext. 103 or emailing

We provide education about the following topics:

CADA’s services and advocacy

Healthy relationships

Healing from sexual violence

Rape culture

Gender-based violence

Consent and coercion

Intimate partner violence

Bystander Intervention

Teen dating violence

Healthy LGBTQ relationships

Safe online communication

Safer sex

Sex trafficking

Gender, sexual orientation, sex, and gender expression

How to help a friend

If you are seeking training for a topic not listed here, please check in with us to see if we can accommodate your request!

40-Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Certification Training

CADA offers a 40-Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Certification Training for advocacy professionals, volunteers, interns, and community partners. This training is for those interested in becoming a victim advocate, volunteer, or those who want to learn more about the complexities of sexual violence and advocacy. Individuals completing this training will become certified in the state of Minnesota as sexual assault victim advocates if working or volunteering for a Minnesota victim-service agency.

The 40-hour training is a mix of theory and skills training. Interactive sessions and guest speakers cover a range of topics, including:

The basics of advocacy

Medical advocacy and the medical forensic exam

Legal advocacy

Rape culture

Law enforcement’s response to sexual assault

Vicarious trauma

Neurobiology of sexual assault

Intersectional advocacy

And more

This training is offered at CADA two or three times a year. Registration is required to attend the training and all sessions are mandatory. Click here to contact CADA about registering for the training.

Portions of the training are done off-site and participants must complete recorded webinars at home. 

Offender Education Programming

The Southern Minnesota Offender Education Program (SMOEP) was created to hold offenders accountable and increase the safety of victims of domestic violence throughout the region. The primary goal of SMOEP is to enhance the safety of victims of domestic violence by working directly with batterers themselves in order to facilitate a process of change. SMOEP takes blame off of the victims and places accountability for abuse on the offender.


The program is a 27-week course with open enrollment. It is an intensive program that works with participants to create change on a deep level within them. The program is led by facilitators trained in the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP)’s Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter (CPC) curriculum. The curriculum relies on the idea that people are socialized into a hierarchical way of interacting with each other. In the case of an abusive relationship, men use battering to maintain power and control, and stay at the top of the relationship’s hierarchy.

The fee for participation in the program is $700. This covers an orientation class ($25) and $25 for each of the 27 educational classes. Participants who pay everything prior to the first class are eligible for a discounted fee of $580.  SMOEP classes are held weekly at an offsite location in downtown Mankato.


For more information, please contact 507-625-8688 ext. 112 or