MVP Train-the-Trainer Program

September 20-21, 2013
Sponsored by the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa
The MVP Train-the-Trainer for September 20-21 is now closed.  Please email Dr. Alan Heisterkamp or call 712-273-3124 for information regarding future trainings.
Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute's MVP Train-the-Trainer Program

What is Mentors in Violence Prevention? 

 MVP, founded in 1993, is a leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that have historically been considered “women’s issues:” rape, battery, and sexual assault and harassment.  Utilizing the unique bystander approach to prevention, the MVP program views all individuals not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront harassment and abuse.  The MVP Program inspires leadership by empowering individuals with concrete options to effect change on these issues. 

In Iowa, MVP training is available through the UNI Center for Violence Prevention and is delivered by certified teams under the guidance of Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D., Director of the MVP Leadership Institute at the University of Northern Iowa.

What is the Train the Trainer Institute? 

 The MVP Institute will be a 2-day, interactive training designed for educators and service providers along with their community partners who desire to integrate the MVP model into their respective programming.  The Institute consists of two phases.  In Phase I, individuals go through the training as participants and in Phase II, participants practice facilitating the MVP curriculum and create MVP implementation plans. The MVP curriculum is broken into four educational units:  battery, gender roles, alcohol and consent, and sexual harassment.  Upon completion of the Institute, participants are certified to utilize it with their direct service population.

Why the MVP Train the Trainer Institute?

 The goal of the MVP Institute is to develop a core group of trainers on each of Iowa’s Regent Campuses, secondary school systems, department of education, and within domestic violence and sexual assault programs across the state. These trainers can infuse the MVP program in their respective areas of work through subsequent trainings.  Through such an initiative, communities across Iowa can become safer as students and citizens are trained as empowered bystanders!