First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
Identify, Respond and Refer
About First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™
With support from the Government of Alberta and Status of Women Canada the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) developed First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™. This training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and/ or report to police. First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is a comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.
Upon completion of this training, Participants are able to:
- Respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual assault and abuse.
- Understand the short and long term physical, psychological and emotional impact of sexual assault and abuse.
- Understand the myths and attitudes in society surrounding sexual assault and abuse that permit and continue to allow sexual assault and abuse to exist.
- Understand how the individual who sexually offends is responsible for the sexual assault or sexual abuse.
- Demonstrate compassion and empathy for individuals who are sexually assaulted or abused.
- Refer individuals who are sexually assaulted or abused to appropriate resources.
Please note: This is a BASIC yet comprehensive ‘Identify, Respond and Refer’ training. This training will teach participants about sexual violence and the first responding skills for disclosures of sexual assault and abuse. This is NOT a course on counselling interventions. If you have experience in counselling and would like to take a more advanced level, 12 week course designed for counselling interventions, please see our Counselling for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence course.
Module One: Critical Communication Skills for First Responders
- Feedback, language, communication skills, Intersectionality, process of a disclosure and self-care.
Module Two: Child Sexual Abuse
- Definition, Criminal Code, consent, impacts and indicators and reporting obligations.
Module Three: Adults Who Were Sexually Abused as Children
- Impacts, PTSD and Complex PTSD, triggers and reporting options.
Module Four: Sexual Harassment
- Definition, impacts, discussion and reporting options.
Module Five: Adult Sexual Assault
- Definition, Criminal Code, consent, myths, impacts, sexual assault trauma and reporting options.
Module Six: Rethinking Prevention
- Campaigns, education, awareness and inspiring hope.
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