Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

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First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

"Identify, Respond, and Refer"

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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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, Participants are able to learn:

·         The definition of sexual violence and where it stems from.

·         Communication responding skills and their appropriate use.

·         Child sexual abuse myths and misunderstandings about child sexual abuse.

·         Reporting requirements for child sexual abuse in Alberta.

·         Mental, physical, emotional, and relational/social effects in adults who have been sexually abused as children.

·         What sexual harassment is and discuss legal options for those who have been sexually harassed.

·         How to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual assault and abuse.

·         Short and long term physical, psychological and emotional impact of sexual assault and abuse.

·         Myths and attitudes in society surrounding sexual assault and abuse that continue to allow sexual assault and abuse to exist.

·         The individual who sexually offends is responsible for the sexual assault or sexual abuse.

·         How to demonstrate compassion and empathy for individuals who are sexually assaulted or abused.

·         Where to 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: 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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Cancellation and refund policy: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration please notify us at [email protected] Any cancellations made 72 hours or more prior to the first scheduled day of training will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the first training date. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost. Please contact [email protected] for any cancellation and transfer requests.

Certificates of Completion policy: A Certificate of Completion will be issued by facilitators at the end of each training, only to those participants who have completed the full two days of First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training, including completion of the participant evaluation at the end of the training.

Persons with Disabilities: Requests made for accommodations for persons with disabilities and such services provided to participants on a case-by-case basis. To make arrangements, phone 403-237-6905 ext. 268.

Grievances: If you have questions or concerns about the course, please contact AASAS at [email protected] directly to sort out any grievances.