Catharsis Productions believes that in order to move audiences to where we need them to be, we must first meet them where they are. The U Got This! online training utilizes high-end animation, insightful analogies, interactive games, and a conversational tone that transforms compliance prevention mandates into relatable scenarios and memorable messaging. This engagement makes content knowledge relevant, actionable, and unforgettable.What truly distinguishes this program, however, is that the program’s “host” intuitively adapts to the tone of each user. It’s training that feels more like a live instruction than the traditional online program.
For example, if a user is already onboard with a message, they’re positively acknowledged for it. However, if a user chooses to engage in an apathetic or snide way with the training, the “host” will respond by calling out their attitude problem. The learning objectives remain the same, but the training becomes more personalized to the user.
The training also integrates an institution’s specific interpersonal violence policies, definitions, and resources. Beyond these compliance needs, the training prompts users to:
· examine the attitudes and language that contribute to our cultural tolerance of sexual violence, intimate partner/dating violence, and stalking
· explore opportunities to intervene across a diverse range of circumstances, populations and identities
· identify their own best practices for intervention through active engagement across a range of relevant scenarios
· understand their institution’s policies, resources, and commitment to ending interpersonal violence
The training program can be accessed via closed-captioning for the hearing-impaired. A screen-reader PDF version of the training that meets ADA WCAG 2.0, level AA, is also available upon request. The training can be hosted on an institution’s own learning management system (LMS) or on the Catharsis Productions’ platform. This platform provides administrators access to student training completion tracking and real-time data.
The training is divided into three 15-minute modules, and can be available at one time or staged and disseminated to users over a period of time. Shorter modules can be worked into participants’ schedules more conveniently, and create an opportunity for greater learning retention.
|805 North Milwaukee Chicago, IL|
|University / College (4 year), Community College (2 year)|
|Traditional Age (18-24), Other|
|General Student Body, Freshmen / Incoming Students, Gender Specific - Male, Gender Specific - Female, Athletes, Greek, Other|
|Alcohol and Sexual Assault, Awareness, Bystander Intervention, Consent, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Empathy Building, Neurological Effects of Trauma, Reporting Options, Risk Reduction and Safety, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Social Norms, Stalking, Title IX Policies and Procedures|
U Got This! was developed through a collaboration between Catharsis Productions and Jellyvision, a Chicago-based interactive software company that designed the successful computer gameshow, You Don’t Know Jack. By integrating Jellyvision’s patented “Interactive Conversation” software with Catharsis’ subject matter expertise, U Got This! delivers a uniquely engaging online experience for users. Catharsis Productions is known for innovative, relatable, and research-supported live sexual violence prevention programs, including Sex Signals, The Hook-Up, and Beat the Blame Game. We use humor and interactive dialogue in strategic ways to build connections with our audiences, but to also challenge victim blaming attitudes and misconceptions regarding sexual violence. Since 2000, Catharsis Productions has delivered over 14,000 live sexual violence prevention programs to university and military audiences around the world. U Got This! was developed in response to clients’ needs to 1.) reach more students than those that are able to attend a live program, and 2.) provide supplemental primary prevention education to their populations in order to improve campus awareness and culture. Initially developed and piloted in 2014-2015, U Got This! was utilized by several colleges as part of their prevention efforts beginning in Fall 2016.
|Theory of change|
The social-ecological model employed in the design of all of our interpersonal violence prevention programs is a public health model for reducing community violence (Dahlberg et al 2002, Fielding, Teutsch, Breslow 2010). Addressing the issue of sexual violence from four levels of social influence, the individual, interpersonal, group/community and systems/societal levels is essential for creating sustainable cultural change (Dahlberg et al 2002, Fielding, Teutsch, Breslow 2010). Our programs can work as stand-alone programs, but are most effective when bundled together to ensure a university message alignment of research-supported primary prevention best practices. They are designed to be both additive and mutually reinforcing. This same philosophy informs the structure of U Got This! The information must be logically scaffolded, from building general awareness, to more specific content, to intervention strategies. If the intervention strategies are presented without moral framework or context, they will ring hollow to students. Because many students argue that they know that sexual assault and domestic violence are wrong, they see little value in how education on these issues is pertinent to them. Policies and definitions are also meaningless if communities don’t understand why they exist and why they should actively support them. Again, the program is structured to foster real engagement with the subject matter in engaging ways. The first module of U Got This!, entitled, U Against the World, explores how toxic cultural messages embedded in entertainment, media, and everyday life, all contribute to making a community that may tacitly accept interpersonal violence. Module 2: U Gotta Know When It’s Wrong, dives into a deeper exploration of the many ways in which interpersonal violence may manifest. The scenarios include stalking, domestic violence, and sexual violence, and are inclusive of racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation identities and relationship dynamics. Module 3: U Gotta Be an Upstander, highlights a range of proven tactics an individual might employ to confidently intervene to support a vulnerable person. By the end of the training, users are inspired intellectually and emotionally to take a more proactive stand against interpersonal violence not only in the moment, but with the objective of galvanizing a positive culture change within their community.
This program incorporates theory and research from multiple disciplines. This theoretical framework is divided into: • Content o Content related to the nature of sexual violence and perpetrators is driven by the research of serial non-stranger rapists conducted by Lisak (2002); and McWhorter (2009); research on the role of justification, victim blaming, and sexist attitudes on perpetration conducted by Wegner, Abbey, et al., (2015); Gavey, (2005); and Kline, (2015). o Content related to role of coercion and consent is driven by the research of Conroy, et al., (2014), Young, et al., (2016); Degue and DeLillo (2004). o Content related to the role of schema and script theory is driven by the research of Littleton, (2006), Abbey, 2002; Frith & Kitzinger, 2001; Kowalski, 1993; Muehlenhard et al., 1996 • Approach o Our pedagogical approach is based in part on best practices research conducted by Lonsway, (1996; 2009) and Schewe, 2002; bystander intervention research conducted by Berkowitz and Banyard (2007); and moral domain theory research conducted by Turiel, (1983; 2008) and Nucci (1997; 2001). o Our strategic use of humor is based on the research of Chesebro and McCroskey, (1998); Doskoch, (1996); Eisner, (1998); Farelly and Lynch, (1987); and Kher, Molstad, and Donahue, (1999); Madsen, (1993); Martin, (2007); Meyer, (2000); Nussbaum, (1992); and, O’Quin and Aronoff, (1981). • Dosage: the research supporting three independent blocks of instruction, spaced days apart, comes from the work of Ebbinghaus, (1885); and Loftus, (1985).
Statistics and trauma-related data were pulled from most highly credible resources, (e.g., RAINN, CDC, etc.) In addition, as content has been developed for the training, we have consistently engaged with special stakeholders, in particular, survivors, advocates, counselors, members of marginalized communities, to ensure language is appropriate and supportive to survivors. We also heed the feedback we receive from university clients on an annual basis when considering changes to the content.
|Violence Against Women Act|
U Got This! was developed with the requirements of VAWA in mind. We want to ensure that this training efficiently yet thoughtfully shares messaging, learning objectives, and mandates (including institution-specific policies), interactive bystander intervention scenarios, and institution-specific resources. Although no single-session online program can truly deliver on all VAWA requirements, U Got This! serves as an outstanding primer in interpersonal violence awareness and education for university students and staff.
Below is a list of the Title IX prevention education mandates that U Got This! currently addresses: • The respective institution’s Title IX interpersonal violence policy, including what constitutes sexual violence, including same-sex sexual violence, under the school’s policies • Institution’s definition of consent applicable to sexual conduct, including examples • How the school analyzes whether conduct was unwelcome under Title IX (if school submits it as part of their interpersonal violence policy to be posted in the training) • When unwelcome sexual conduct creates a hostile environment • Reporting options, including formal reporting and confidential disclosure options • Effects of trauma, including neurobiological changes • The role alcohol and drugs often play in sexual violence incidents, including the deliberate use of alcohol and/or other drugs to perpetrate sexual violence • Strategies and skills for bystanders to intervene to prevent possible sexual violence • How students might support a survivor who discloses interpersonal violence
A pre and post training attitudinal survey was completed by students directly before and directly after receiving the U Got This! training at one mid-sized technical college. The survey was comprised of 18 attitudinal statements (addressing topics of sexual assault, consent, intimate partner violence, and stalking, and bystander intervention) where users would respond on a Likert Scale of 1-5 based on their level of agreement to each statement. An analysis of the results of the survey revealed a positive shift in attitude from pre-training to post training on each statement assessed with an average 36% positive shift across all 18 items assessed in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behavioral intentions. These results were replicated at another state university in the northeast that utilized the survey.
No, but the results are available to review.
|Welcome message, Policy information, Survivor support/resource information, Statistics|
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|Cost per student|
|Faculty/staff training, Fraternity and sorority education, Advisory services|
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