LGBTQ Classes

Thanks to generous support from the Boston Pride Community Foundation, IMPACT will be offering 4 free online workshops for the LGBTQ+ Community in the month of June.  Click here for more information!

IMPACT has scholarships available for all classes and we also accept payment through the Massachusetts Victim’s Compensation program
To apply for a scholarship please visit the “Scholarship Opportunities ” page located at the bottom of the CLASSES menu. 
To pay through Victim’s Compensation please email us at:
*Unless otherwise stated, all classes are located at 420 Pearl Street in Malden, MA.

LGBTQ Core Program

20 Hours, LGBTQ+ People of All Genders, Ages 14+

Course fee: sliding scale $50 – $450

Our sliding scale option allows participants decide how much they can pay.  To pay using this option please email us at or call the office at (781) 321-3900

*Previously called LGBTQ Basics

In a supportive environment, students learn verbal and physical self-defense skills that are useful in scenarios including verbal harassment, physical assaults, and attempted sexual assaults. 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. Physical and verbal skills taught are relevant to situations involving strangers and familiar people. Taught by instructors who are part of or familiar with LGBTQ communities, this also includes strategies to address bias-related violence.

Payment for this class is on a sliding scale from $50-$450, students decide what they can pay. If you would like to register and are paying less than $450 please call the office at (781) 321-3900. Scholarships and Victim’s Compensation are also available.

Upcoming LGBTQ Core Classes:

2020 LGBTQ Core Program – 10/16 (6:00pm-9:00pm), 10/17 (10:00am-5:00pm), 10/18 (10:00am-5:00pm), 10/19 (6:00pm-9:00pm)

*This is a multi-session 20-hour program, all 4 class dates must be attended.

Location: 420 Pearl Street Malden, MA 02148



IMPACT Review Class

6 Hours, Mixed gender, for grads of Core Programs

Course fee: $150

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:

9/26/20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



Assertiveness & Boundary Setting 

8 Hours, Mixed gender, ages 14+

Course fee: $185

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: 9/12/20 + 9/13/20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days

November Weekend: 11/14/20 + 11/15/20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days



Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Part 2 

4 Hours, Graduates of Assertiveness and Boundary Setting Only

Course fee: $95

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:

10/3/20 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm



College Bound Safety

12 Hours, Mixed gender, ages 14+

Course fee: $250

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:

July and August classes cancelled, new dates TBD


Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors

6 Hours, Mixed Gender, Ages 14+

Course fee: $150

This class provides a slow and gradual introduction to physical and verbal IMPACT self-defense skills. This six hour course allows students to learn basic self-defense skills as well as discuss trauma responses and how they affect the body.

Upcoming Intro to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors Classes:

August class cancelled, new date TBD



For more information call (781) 321-3900 or email us at