Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

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First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

"Identify, Respond and Refer"

This training is offered in two different ways:

  1. Two Day In-Person
  2. Five Week Online Workshops

Dates & Registration!

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 in-person or 5 week online training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.

Who Should Attend?

This is a beginner yet comprehensive ‘Identify, Respond and Refer’ training. This training is beneficial to professionals and paraprofessionals who are working with individuals who may be impacted by sexual violence and to other community members who are interested in increasing their skills and confidence to address sexual abuse and sexual assault.

This training is open to, but not limited to, individuals who work in Health, Social Services, Education & Justice, Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Teachers, School Counselors, Police Officers, Victim Services Workers, as well as Faith Leaders.

Learning Objectives

This workshop will provide participants with education and skill development in the following areas. Upon completion of this training, participants are able to:

  • Define sexual violence and where it stems from.
  • Communicate responding skills and their appropriate use.
  • Describe child sexual abuse myths and misunderstandings about child sexual abuse.
  • Identify what the age of consent is in Canada.
  • Name the mental, physical, emotional, and relational/social effects in adults who have been sexually abused as children.
  • Discuss the concept of triggering events and the impact they have on people who have been affected by sexual violence.
  • Define sexual harassment and discuss legal options for those who have been sexually harassed.
  • Recall myths and attitudes in society surrounding sexual assault and abuse that continue to allow sexual assault and abuse to exist.
  • Name the short and long term physical, psychological and emotional impact of sexual assault and abuse across the lifespan.
  • Role-Play how to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual assault and abuse.
  • Explain the attitudes and beliefs that impact the continuum of sexual violence.
  • List contributing factors surrounding the acceptance of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Please note: This is a BEGINNER 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.

Modules

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.

 

Two Day In-Person

Please Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic and recommendations by Alberta Health Services to keep our communities as safe and healthy as possible, AASAS has cancelled all upcoming in-person First Responder Training sessions until further notice.

Two Day In-Person First Responder Training – Course Outline

In-Person Cancellation and Refund Policy: If for any reason you need to cancel your in-person registration please notify us at [email protected]. Any cancellations made 3 business days 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 3 business days prior to the first day of training. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost. Please contact [email protected] for any cancellation and transfer requests.

In-Person Certificates of Completion Policy : A Certificate of Completion will only be issued to participants who attend the workshop in full with no time missed. Participants need to sign in on time, attend the entire training, and complete the course evaluation. Certificates will be issued via email within a month of the training completion date. AASAS will maintain participant records for seven years. Past participants requiring a record of their participation can contact [email protected]

In-Person Certificates of Participation Policy: If any part of the workshop has been missed, a Certificate of Participation will be issued. This certificate is only administered to individuals who have completed the evaluation. Certificates will be issued via email within a month of the training completion date. AASAS will maintain participant records for seven years. Past participants requiring a record of their participation can contact [email protected]

Five Week First Responder to Sexual Assault & Abuse Training – Online Workshop

The five week Online Workshop is offered once a week for five weeks, 3.5 hours per session.

Five Week First Responder to Sexual Assault & Abuse Training – Online Workshop Course Outline

Please noteThis is an Alberta based workshop which uses Alberta resources and guidelines.

Five Week First Responder to Sexual Assault & Abuse Training – Online Workshop Cancellation and Refund Policy:  If for any reason you need to cancel your online registration, please notify us at [email protected].  To receive a full refund, cancellations must be made 14 days prior to the first scheduled day of training, this is when participant packages are sent out via Canada Post.  Cancellations made 7 days prior to the first scheduled day of training will receive a refund minus a $50.00 fee for materials and cost of sending out the participant package. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is made less than 3 business days prior to the first day of training.

Five Week First Responder to Sexual Assault & Abuse Training – Online Workshop Certificate of Completion Policy: A Certificate of Completion will only be issued to participants who attend the workshop in full with no time missed. Attendance is logged on the Zoom Platform as proof of complete attendance for all five sessions. Participants need to sign in on time, attend the entire training, and complete the course evaluation. Certificates will be issued via email within a month of the training completion date. AASAS will maintain participant records for seven years. Past participants requiring a record of their participation can contact [email protected].

Five Week First Responder to Sexual Assault & Abuse Training – Online Workshop Certificate of Participation Policy: If any part of the workshop has been missed, a Certificate of Participation will be issued. This certificate is only administered to individuals who have completed the evaluation. Certificates will be issued via email within a month of the training completion date. AASAS will maintain participant records for seven years. Past participants requiring a record of their participation can contact [email protected]

Dates & Registration!

Current Policies for Two Day In-Person and Five Week Online Workshops

Participant Evaluation Form: You will receive a Participant Evaluation in your email via Survey Monkey on the last day of your training.  Please complete the evaluation within the time given.  This is required to receive your Certificate.

Please Note: Once the evaluations are received, attendance and payment is verified, certificates will be issued.

Persons with Disabilities: We are committed to doing what we can to make our workshops accessible to all people. Requests made for accommodations for persons with disabilities are provided to participants on a case-by-case basis, to fit the need of each individual(s). To make arrangements, phone 403-237-6905 ext. 295

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