Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Schedule of Free Webinars for the Community

All webinars are free and open to all members of the community. Closed captioning will be available. All attendees will be sent a meeting invitation via Cisco Webex. If you have any questions about these workshops or if you are interested in requesting a personalized workshop on behalf of your organization, please contact Taryn Kutujian, Community Education Manager, at tkutujian@vibs.org.

Note: Information provided in these webinars is for educational purposes only. Recordings will not be a part of the follow up from each webinar due to the nature of VIBS’ work and out of respect for confidentiality. All information contained in webinars is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice.


The Complexities of Empowerment and Abuse
Thursday, October 22 – 2 to 3 p.m. 
Some of the most popular shows and movies depict graphic and intense abuse. Yet, we glorify them, encourage others to watch and even celebrate them at times. Join us for an exploration of the complicated relationship between abuse and empowerment. 

LGBTQIA+ Abuse: Exploring Risk Factors and Protective Factors  
Friday, November 6 – 11:30 am-12:30 p.m. 
LGBTQIA+ individuals experience much higher rates of abuse, particularly intimate partner violence, because they have a unique set of risk factors that cause them to be an extra vulnerable population. Organizations, schools, community centers and even families can offset these risk factors by focusing on protective factors that can help prevent the abuse from starting. Join VIBS as we dissect the risk factors and protective factors that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.

Human Trafficking – Disabled Populations
Wednesday, November 16 – 1-2 p.m. 
In a 2012 study, 70% of disabled individuals reported abuse and yet almost 10 years later, there is still such little conversation about traffickers targeting this population. Disabled individuals have a unique set of barriers and vulnerabilities that many traffickers take advantage of and they count on society to continue its ignorance of these high numbers. Join VIBS as we dive deeper into trafficking of disabled individuals, why this population is targeted and examples of this epidemic.

Trauma and The Holiday Season 
Wednesday, December 2 – 2 to 3 p.m. 
While many individuals look forward to the holidays as a time to spend with family and reflect, others associate it with intense trauma. Join us for a closer look at how the holidays can serve as a trigger for abuse, and how we can utilize local resources to help those in need of assistance.

Catfishing and Financial Scams 
Thursday, December 8 – 12-1 p.m.  
Catfishing — when a person creates a fake identity online to pretend they are someone else- is an online abuse tactic used to take advantage of another individual. Catfishes target vulnerable online users- like the elderly or lonely- and quickly take control of their finances. Join VIBS as we explore the intersect of catfishing and financial abuse and discuss the ways to keep yourself safe in an increasingly virtual world.