To inquire about booking a workshop, please contact Ryan Corbould:
Full Day Workshops
Exploring Masculinity is a 1-day healthy relationships curriculum that focuses on building skills and knowledge around different forms of masculinity and how they intersect with pressing social issues. The way that we assign meaning to masculinity differs based on things like our personal history, value systems, and the culture we grew up in. However, these factors can also create gaps in the way we raise our boys that can become problematic as they get older. These gaps tend to be centred around boundaries, healthy relationships, communication, conflict resolution, emotional literacy, and self-esteem.
In this workshop we begin with a foundational understanding of how gender, particularly masculinity, is developed in society, and then address the gaps through discussions and activities designed to teach people to be more reflective, and to enable them form healthier relationships.
Although this workshop is focused on masculinity, it is an inclusive program. It is important for men to learn about and discuss these topics, but it is equally important for people of all genders to participate in the conversation as well. Masculinity is a social construct and is therefore something we may all have a hand in changing.
This workshop is recommended for professionals who work with youth and young parents. It is available to a wide range of audiences, including youth aged 14 and older. Anyone who is interested in this topic should take part in it. The workshop can also be booked in smaller sessions.
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
Drawing on our half-day workshop, this summarized version discusses the importance of recognizing our values and biases to provide trauma-informed care. We will also mention support and resources for those who have been impacted by sexual violence, and the best ways to respond to a disclosure. Throughout the presentation, we emphasize the importance of practicing self-care when providing trauma-informed care to others.
Drawing on our half-day workshop, this summarized version teaches attendees to recognize the signs of distress in others and how to properly approach a conversation when they notice symptoms of trauma. We discuss active listening techniques and what is and is not appropriate to say when receiving a disclosure. Legal responsibilities of the person receiving the disclosure is covered. We finish with discussing after-care and self-care techniques for attendees to use and share.
Bystander Intervention for Sexual Assault and Harassment
When we see situations of sexual assault and harassment, we may want to step in and offer our help, but this can be difficult. Learning about bystander intervention can help us feel equipped to assist others experiencing sexual assault or harassment. This training will talk about barriers to bystander intervention, how to overcome them, different ways of intervening, and we will work through some examples together.
Responding to Internet Exploitation
Drawing on our half-day workshop, this summarized version defines online child exploitation, and discusses its effects. There are a few interactive sections, including recognizing signs of grooming online, and how to respond when participants believe a child is being exploited online. We finish with a focus on intervention and prevention with the goal that we teach youth to avoid dangerous interactions altogether.