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Half Day Workshops
Trauma Informed and Disclosure Training
In this half-day workshop, we define trauma (specifically sexual violence trauma) and discuss the importance of following the principles of trauma informed care.
With that foundation, we move into recognizing when someone may need help, and how to approach that conversation. We discuss active listening techniques and what is and is not appropriate to say when receiving a disclosure. Certain legal responsibilities regarding receiving a disclosure are covered.
We finish with discussing after-care and self-care techniques that can be shared with the person disclosing or practiced by those who help people who have experienced trauma.
This workshop will include interactive components on trauma-informed situations and disclosure training scenarios that will be discussed as a group.
Responding to Online Exploitation and Digital Literacy
In this half-day workshop, we start by providing parents and caregivers with basic information about safe screen time, social media platforms, and video games. We also discuss adult content that can be found online and how to talk to youth about it.
Then, we will learn about the reality of online exploitation, what to do when we encounter it and how we can help support youth experiencing it.
Lastly, we define and explain digital literacy, and discuss how teaching youth to think critically about what they see online will give them the skills to understand how to stay safe on the internet.
This workshop includes a number of interactive sections on how to respond to a child who may be experiencing exploitation, and a scenario to test your digital literacy skills!
Trauma Informed Communities
Trauma-Informed Communities Training discusses the importance of recognizing our own value systems and biases to provide trauma-informed compassion to others. The training covers additional supports and resources for those who have been impacted by sexual violence. Throughout the presentation, we emphasize the importance of practicing self-care when providing trauma-informed care to others.
Drawing on our half-day workshop, Disclosure Training teaches attendees to recognize common signs of distress in others and how to properly approach a conversation when they notice trauma symptoms. We discuss active listening techniques and what is and is not appropriate to say when receiving a disclosure of sensitive information. The legal responsibilities of the person(s) receiving the disclosure are covered, including managing child sexual abuse disclosures. We finish by discussing self-care and debriefing techniques for attendees to use and share with one another.
Bystander Intervention for Sexual Assault and Harassment
When we see situations of sexual assault and harassment, many of us may feel the urge to step in but don't feel comfortable doing so. This can be for a variety of reasons including personal safety and a lack of knowledge about where to start or what to do. Bystander Intervention is an approach that empowers us to feel as though we can step in to stop the behaviour occurring and provide emotional support to the person in a safe, trauma-informed way. This training covers barriers to bystander intervention, how to overcome them, and different methods of intervention. We also discuss several scenarios to test knowledge and discuss "grey" areas of intervention. This training has been adapted by partner agencies to cover additional topics including intervention in hate crime and racial discrimination. Bystander Intervention Training is a universal skill, and the principles transfer easily between topics.