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Graduate & Professional Student Prevention

Workshops & Trainings

Graduate Student Instructor & Researcher Training 

The PATH to Care Center prepares new graduate student instructors (GSIs) and graduate student researchers (GSRs) to integrate prevention skills into their work spaces and support students in their classroom or research environment impacted by SVSH. By request, PTC staff can:

  • supplement the required online ethics course for GSIs through guest speaker sessions in 375 courses. 
  • provide a 90-minute training to GSRs on the relationship between research ethics and SVSH prevention. 

Tailored Training

PATH to Care can also provide tailored training for your graduate or professional student community or organization.


PTC provides consultations to graduate and professional student groups and cohorts in departments. Consultations vary from 1-2 meetings or can take place as regular check-ups each semester. Consultations may include:

  • Meetings with key stakeholders and community members to learn about and identify prevention strategies that can be tailored to their specific community or field of study.  
  • Assessing the current climate and culture. 
  • Guidance in navigating a community’s prevention goals such as changing policies and practices to make harassment and violence are less likely.
  • Supporting the promotion of positive, healthy norms and values, while eliminating those that allow harassment and violence to occur.

Train-the-Trainer Program

Returning graduate and professional students are trained to facilitate the required, in-person Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) prevention education training sessions for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO).


Generally this training is provided to large groups of new graduate students from many different departments. Departments can also opt to hold NGSO training for their own cohorts, in more interactive and personalized settings. Graduate students have appreciated the smaller size of the audience and satisfaction and the comprehensiveness of the content. 

Graduate students who complete the Train-the-Trainer Program can facilitate both these formats.


Research and evaluation from previous NGSOs indicate that graduate students often have more influence with their peers in social and academic spaces. This training model allows student leaders to actively shape campus and department culture.


Want to bring the required SVSH NGSO training into your department?

If you, or someone you know, is interested in building valuable leadership skills, reflects the diversity and values of your community, is comfortable leading workshops, and dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive department community, please consider this opportunity for your department or program.

Volunteer facilitators will complete a 6-hour training, held in August and by request for summer start programs, where you will learn how to deliver the scripted, one-hour new graduate student education training presentation and curriculum, as well as how to respond to survivors with care and concern, evidence-informed prevention strategies, and effective facilitation tips.

T.R.A.I.L. Prevention & Response Certificate Training

The TRAIL certificate training is open to all UC Berkeley campus affiliates (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and staff) to gain skills and tools to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence and harm. 

TRAILblazers build leadership skills by: 

  • Exploring social justice concepts and describing their relationship to various forms of violence
  • Interrogating societal attitudes and beliefs that normalize violence
  • Interpreting how campus-based violence operates
  • Understanding the impact of violence on survivors
  • Learning about options and opportunities for supporting survivors
  • Committing to fostering a respectful campus community
Learn more about the T.R.A.I.L. Certificate


Field Safety and Prevention Guide 

This guide is designed for graduate students, faculty, and field site coordinators who are doing or overseeing research or internships in off-campus locations. The guide provides practical strategies while preparing for, during, and after field activities to improve safety and reduce the likelihood of harassment or violence. The guide is intended to expand illness and injury prevention in field-placements to include prevention of sexual harassment and violence, stalking, relationship violence, and protection against retaliation for reporting.


Required Education 

New Graduate Student Education (NGSO)

All incoming graduate and professional students must complete two forms of SVSH education: (1) an online module designed by EverFi and (2) a 1 hour in-person (or synchronous virtual) education session. Departments may opt to implement the Train the Trainer Program internally rather than send new students to the large, cross-department sessions. Students are expected to complete both phases within the first six weeks of their first term. 

Ongoing Student Prevention Education

Annually, returning students must complete an online EverFi SVSH prevention and response refresher course, that also reminds them of their rights, resources, and options if impacted by SVSH.