Women’s Classes

Women’s Core Program

20 Hours, Women and Teen Girls 14+

*Previously called “Women’s Basics”

In a supportive environment, students learn verbal and physical skills to defend against threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, and attempted  sexual assault. Skills taught are relevant to situations involving both strangers and familiar people. IMPACT courses emphasize awareness and de-escalation skills to avert situations that require physical defense.

Upcoming Women’s Core Program Classes:

2020 class dates TBD


IMPACT Review Class

6 Hours, Mixed gender, for grads of Core Programs

A chance for students who have graduated from our Core Program to review teaching pieces and practice their verbal and physical skills in realistic scenarios.

Upcoming IMPACT Review Classes:

No additional classes scheduled in 2019



Women’s 10-Hour Self-Defense

10 Hours, Women and Teen Girls 14+

Experience IMPACT’s physical and verbal self-defense skills in this convenient, condensed format. Students learn to use body language to communicate strength. Scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, verbal de-escalation, and assertive communication.

Upcoming 10 Hour Classes:

Our annual Women’s 10 hour Course ran in March 2019. Please email registration@impactboston.org if you are interested in taking the 10 hour women’s course.


Assertiveness & Boundary Setting 

8 Hours, Mixed gender, ages 14+

Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This 8-hour all-verbal course teaches students skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. Practicing these skills in realistic scenarios, students have the opportunity to become comfortable staying calm and articulate while explaining their needs in situations involving strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, friends, family and partners.

Upcoming Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Classes:

September Weekend: 9/14/19 and 9/15/19 (12:00pm – 4:00pm) – This class is currently full.  Please email manderson@impactboston.org to be placed on the waiting list.



Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Part 2 

4 Hours, Graduates of Assertiveness and Boundary Setting Only

This 4-hour course begins with a review of the concepts and skills learned in the Assertiveness & Boundary Setting class, and adds strategies for dealing with the defensiveness often exhibited by people during difficult conversations. As always the emphasis is on practicing the skills learned in realistic scenarios. Assertiveness & Boundary Setting is a prerequisite.

Upcoming A + B Part 2 Classes:

11/2/19 –  12:00pm – 4:00pm



College Bound Safety

12 Hours, Mixed gender, ages 14+

For over 20 years IMPACT has taught practical, relevant safety skills to teens across Massachusetts. As students navigate increasing independence, and face the realities of sexual violence on campus, IMPACT will give them tools to maintain their own safety and speak up to advocate for safe and healthy communities.

Upcoming College Bound Safety Classes:

2020 Class Dates TBD




For more information call (781) 321-3900 or email us at info@impactboston.org