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Group Therapy Beginning Sept. 11, 2022

Group Therapy Beginning Sept. 11, 2022

Group Therapy Brave Step is launching a new round of IN-PERSON group therapy led by one of our wonderful providers, Katie Overcash. Read her bio here: https://katieovercash.com/ Group Therapy will meet once a week for 12 weeks from Sept. 11 to Dec. 18 from 7-8:30...

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Brave Step Peer Leader Training – Nov. 2022

Brave Step Peer Leader Training – Nov. 2022

Peer Leader Training In Brave Step’s Peer Leader Training, we will explore together what it means to be a peer leader and discuss best practices.  Brave Step currently hosts Courageous Corner, our peer support group, Courageous Book Club, and Courageous Creators...

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Casey Denbow Added to Board of Directors

Casey Denbow Added to Board of Directors

RECENT UNC CHARLOTTE GRADUATE AND FORMER INTERN JOINS BRAVE STEP’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS On Tuesday, Brave Step’s Board of Directors announced the addition of Casey Denbow, a former intern and recent University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate, to the nonprofit’s...

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Shop for Good July 18-23

Shop for Good July 18-23

Join us July 18-23 to Shop for Good Did you know that you can support Brave Step's mission by shopping on Amazon? Now through July 23, join the community to Shop for Good. During this week, we are asking for items to assemble "Courage Kits," welcome kits for survivors...

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Consent and Body Safety

Consent and Body Safety

Consentimiento y seguridad corporal Changemaker Training Consent & Body Safety and How to Teach it to Children Whether you are a parent, caregiver, or ally of a toddler up to a teen, the important subject of consent and body safety should be a frequent topic in...

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April 2: A Kendra Gives Back Event

April 2: A Kendra Gives Back Event

April 2: A Kendra Gives Back Event  Fundraiser Details  Your Support Makes a Difference Whether you are shopping for a well-deserved gift for yourself, a potential Mother's Day present, or simply to grow your jewelry collection, you support will help...

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Christine Roper on the Francene Marie Show

Christine Roper on the Francene Marie Show

The Francene Marie Show April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Francene Marie interviewed Brave Step Board Member Christine Roper about a virtual event that brings community together. Lace up for the Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank...

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WBTV News: Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run

WBTV News: Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run

WBTV News at Noon On March 14, 2022, Dr. Erin DiCesare joined WBTV to promote the upcoming Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank. Click on the image to the right to view the full interview. 

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Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night

Take Back the NightApril 12Brave Step is pleased to collaborate with UNC Charlotte's Center for Wellness in support of the annual "Take Back the Night" event which raises awareness of sexual violence and inspires action to prevent all forms of interpersonal violence...

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Taking Charge of your Trauma Brain: The Power of Focus!

Taking Charge of your Trauma Brain: The Power of Focus!

Join us for another amazing Rachel Grant workshop! We will be going over the following: Understand how the brain is impacted by trauma and how increasing awareness around what one focuses on and pays attention to can either decrease or increase trauma symptoms...

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HRV Training for Survivors

HRV Training for Survivors

HRV Training Sign up to participate in a 8-session small group Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback Training with Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic at no cost to you.. Biofeedback uses science to teach the art of human self-regulation. DETAILS: Saturdays April 16,...

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Brave Step Life Skills

Brave Step Life Skills

Brave Step Life Skills March 18 and April 8 12 - 3 p.m.  In-person preferred at Cabbarrus College of Health Sciences and virtual sessions are available. Class Info Class Overview Brave Step has partnered with Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Occupational...

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Brave Step Library

Brave Step Library

Brave Step Library    Welcome to the Brave Step Library! It is our goal to provide numerous books and resources for empowerment and help in healing. The books in our library are available to "check out" for free and can be mailed to your house. A $10 deposit...

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Brave Step Clinical Program Internship

Brave Step Clinical Program Internship

Brave Step Clinical Program Internship Remote - Intership Brave Step is seeking a student or recent graduate in a social work, mental health, or counseling program for a six month to year-long internship, estimating five to seven hours per month. The individual will...

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Caleb Holloway joins The Human Lawyer podcast

Caleb Holloway joins The Human Lawyer podcast

The Human Lawyer Brave Step Board President Caleb Holloway recently joined The Human Lawyer podcast to share about his professional work and his passion work with Brave Step. Don't miss this excellent conversation!

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Love at First Fight

Love at First Fight

Calling all Changemakers wanting to prevent future sexual violence. Participate in this introduction to self-defense to arm yourself with knowledge and skills plus have a little fun and fight off stress and anxiety. Open to anyone! A recommended $10 donation is...

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Brave Step Peer Leader Training

Brave Step Peer Leader Training

Peer Leader Training In Brave Step’s Peer Leader Training, we will explore together what it means to be a peer leader and discuss best practices.  Brave Step currently hosts Courageous Corner, our peer support group, Courageous Book Club, and Courageous Creators for...

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2022 Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank

2022 Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank

Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie BankApril 2-9, 2022, Participate from any locationBe a Changemaker. Each step you take fuels life-changing minutes of counseling and support by Brave Step.Sexual violence impacts us all. The pain is often reflected in...

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March 22 – QPR Training

March 22 – QPR Training

The QPR Institute created the QPR training module to "save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training." QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, and these 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help...

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Unarmed Self Defense Shared with Beasley Media Group

Unarmed Self Defense Shared with Beasley Media Group

New Interview! Beasley Media Group Francene Marie interviewed Yenting Liu,program director with Brave Step. If you've been waiting on the perfect unarmed self-defense workshop, this is it. Brave Step is offering an unarmed self-defense workshop in Charlotte, North...

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Brave Step 2021 Impact Report

Brave Step 2021 Impact Report

2021 Impact Report"I am immensely proud of Brave Step’s progress in 2021. In celebration of our accomplishments, this impact report shows some of the ways in which we braved forward, despite the past year’s unknowns and obstacles. Together, we met an overwhelming need...

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Unarmed Self Defense Workshop

Unarmed Self Defense Workshop

Join Brave Step for an exclusive Self-Defense Workshop! No high flying kicks. No overcomplicated techniques. No belt ranking. No experience necessary. Just simple, practical, and effective self defense for the everyday person. You will walk away from this training...

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2021 Changemaker Awards

2021 Changemaker Awards

2021 Changemaker Awards Brave Step honors Changemakers in our community who are making a difference and changing the world for good so please join us in honoring the first-annual award recipients. We are grateful for their contributions to the community.  Seth...

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Darrell Fincher-Crusan Appears on the Francene Marie Show

Darrell Fincher-Crusan Appears on the Francene Marie Show

New Interview! Beasley Media Group Brave Step Board Member Darrell Fincher-Crusan joins the Francene Marie Show on Beasley Media Group. While compelling listeners to take action, he makes a compelling story for the impact of sexual violence and shares information on...

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Braving a New Tomorrow

Braving a New Tomorrow

Braving a New Tomorrow: Nov. 14-30We are all impacted by sexual violence. As a parent, caregiver, friend, ally and loved one, those you care about have been or will be impacted by sexual violence. It’s true that one in four (or more) women and one in six (or more) men...

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Consent and the Five Body Safety Rules with Jayneen Sanders

Consent and the Five Body Safety Rules with Jayneen Sanders

Changemaker Training: Consent and the Five Body Safety Rules with Jayneen SandersSept. 28 at 7 p.m. ET  Virtual  On Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., author and advocate Jayneen Sanders will empower parents, caregivers, and loved ones with knowledge for their children on the...

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Better Money Habits

Better Money Habits

Better Money HabitsBrave Step has partnered with Bank of America to present their Better Money Habits training to our Brave Step community to help empower you to reach your financial goals! Based on the responses from our survey, topics will include Retirement,...

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The Inspiring Janet Ganoung Shares on the Francene Marie Show

The Inspiring Janet Ganoung Shares on the Francene Marie Show

The Francene Marie Show caught up with Janet Ganoung, one of Charlotte, North Carolinas volunteer favorites. So many years have come and gone, but her admiration for one of our most treasured non-profits, BRAVE STEP. still remains. We are so grateful for Francene and...

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2021 Peer Leader Training

2021 Peer Leader Training

Are you a survivor of sexual violence who wants to help others? Join us Aug. 21 to explore what a peer leader is and discuss best practices.

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July 15: Calling all Loved Ones of a Survivor

July 15: Calling all Loved Ones of a Survivor

Join Us July 15 at 6 p.m.Are you the loved one of a sexual violence survivor? Join us July 15 from 6-8 p.m. to learn about the impact of sexual violence, your role as an ally, and a new program to effectively arm you with knowledge and skills, and find support from...

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Holding Space with Jennifer Dean, MACP, LCMHC-S

Holding Space with Jennifer Dean, MACP, LCMHC-S

Changemaker Training: "Holding Space" with Jennifer Dean, MACP, LCMHC-SJune 7 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET  Virtual Training  The term “holding space” is tossed around quite frequently, and yet to be quite honest, do you know what it means? On June 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.,...

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HRV Training for Survivors

HRV Training for Survivors

HRV TrainingSign up to participate in a 6 week small group Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback Training with Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic. Biofeedback uses science to teach the art of human self-regulation. In Person: Saturdays May 15-June 19 10:15am-11:15amIf...

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Gentle and Restorative Yoga

Gentle and Restorative Yoga

Gentle and Restorative Yoga In-person AND live streaming (virtual) Sundays May 23-June 27 3:30-4:30pm ESTJoin Katie Overcash, LCSW, LISW-CP, RYT-200 for a 6-week Brave Step exclusive Yoga program.  Each class is designed with sensitivity to trauma as well as...

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Dr. Erin DiCesare Joins Francene Marie Show

Dr. Erin DiCesare Joins Francene Marie Show

New Interview! Beasley Media Group Brave Step Board Member Dr. Erin DiCesare joins the Francene Marie Show on Beasley Media Group to discuss Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Brave Step's new Changemaker program. 

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Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank

Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank

Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank May 17-23, 2021, Participate from any locationSexual violence impacts us all. The pain is often reflected in the faces of the people you see every day at your job, in the community, and even within your family....

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Moments of Truth and Beauty

Moments of Truth and Beauty

Join Local Artist Lynne Dulken and Brave Step June 4 at Nature's Spa and Wellness Approximately 50 original pieces along with fine art giclees on canvas and hand-signed cards  are for sale and currently on display at Nature's Spa and Wellness. On June 4 from 7-10...

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Changemaker Videos Showcase New Program

Changemaker Videos Showcase New Program

Changemaker Videos On March 31, Brave Step's leadership unveiled its newest program, Changemaker. The Changemaker program gives participants the tools they need to support one another and help prevent future sexual violence. Changemakers will access carefully-vetted...

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Shake Off the Shame

Shake Off the Shame

Shame ... Do you sometimes still wonder if the abuse was your fault? Do you find yourself constantly revisiting the past and try to figure out what you did or said that may have “caused” the abuse? Do you wrestle day after day with thoughts like, “I’m worthless,...

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SoulCollage: Awakening Artwork

SoulCollage: Awakening Artwork

SoulCollage: Awakening Artwork Join us in a peer-led SoulCollage workshop. This is a great opportunity for survivors to get creative while reflecting on your life and your future self in a safe space among other survivors. Date & Time Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:30...

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Welcome Emily Wetsel & Kenneth Cooper

Welcome Emily Wetsel & Kenneth Cooper

Brave Step is pleased to welcome two new board members to its board of directors. Emily Wetsel Emily Wetsel, CPA, is a Signing Director with CLA, specializing in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and other related consulting services.  Kenneth Cooper Kenneth Cooper,...

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New Program to be Unveiled March 30

New Program to be Unveiled March 30

Please join Brave Step to unveil a new program and hear from guest speaker Ramona Holloway. Be the first to experience the new program that gives participants the tools they need to support one another and help prevent future sexual violence.Special Guest: Ramona...

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“Brave Mom” Writing Workshop

“Brave Mom” Writing Workshop

Brave Mom 5-Session Writing Workshop with Maureen Griffin Are you a mom and a survivor of sexual violence?  Brave Step has partnered with Maureen Griffin of WordPlay (www.wordplaynow.com) to provide a 5-session weekly workshop to help Brave Moms use writing as a...

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Welcome to the Board, Darrell Fincher

Welcome to the Board, Darrell Fincher

Please join us in welcoming, Darrell Fincher, to Brave Step's board of directors.  Biography Darrell Fincher is a Human Resources Business Partner Leader at Wells Fargo. He is responsible for leading a team of geographically dispersed human resource professionals who...

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Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy Group  Brave Step is partnering with Piedmont Music Therapy to offer an 8-session, in-person, music therapy series! This series will explore self-care, emotions and creative outlets while providing space for music listening, relaxation exercises,...

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QPR Training May 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET

QPR Training May 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET

The QPR Institute created the QPR training module. The Institute's mission is to "save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training." QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps...

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“Brave Mom” Programming Announced for 2021

“Brave Mom” Programming Announced for 2021

Brave Mom: Empowering mothers impacted by sexual violence. Are you a mom and a survivor of sexual violence, and are you looking to learn more about parenting after trauma or parenting with PTSD?  Brave Step welcomes you to explore this new programming announced for...

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Brave Step Holiday Giving Guide

Brave Step Holiday Giving Guide

Brave Step Holiday Giving Guide This holiday season, join us in supporting the local businesses who support our mission. This holiday season, test drive and purchase a Volvo from University Volvo. University Volvo has been a supporter of Brave Step since 2018, and we...

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Healing Charlotte Podcast

Healing Charlotte Podcast

Brave Step Founder Featured on Healing Charlotte Podcast In this episode, Healing Charlotte Podcast producer Katie Overcash interviews Crystal Emerick, the founder and Executive Director of Brave Step, a non-profit that focuses on supporting those affected by sexual...

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Calling All Artists

Calling All Artists

brave step Calling all artists Davidson giving tree 2020Celebrating Survivors Through Art! We are calling all artists to create work celebrating survivors who have helped expand, progress and deepen the public understanding and education around sexual violence through...

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October Program Offerings

October Program Offerings

October Program Offerings.For adult survivors of sexual violence, Brave Step is proud to offer the following services in October. Please note, these are in addition to ongoing individual counseling and peer-led support groups.Virtual Cooking Class Are you interested...

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Building Positive Habits of Self-Care

Building Positive Habits of Self-Care

Building Positive Habits of Self-Care A 6-week training course is now available for Brave Step clients.  The course will  guide you to build positive habits of self-care. Together, we will walk through the means of self-empowerment; while learning several mental...

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Brave Step Welcomes Two New Board Members

Brave Step Welcomes Two New Board Members

Brave Step Announces Two New Board Members Please join us in welcoming Dr. Erin DiCesare and Courtney Lawrence to Brave Step's board of directors.    Dr. Erin DiCesare, Johnson C. Smith University Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW Mecklenburg County Community Support...

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A “Virtual” Cup of Courage

A “Virtual” Cup of Courage

A time of courage and connection for women. Come and bravely discuss the impact sexual abuse and assault has in our lives as survivors, loved ones, community advocates and those simply wanting to learn more.

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