Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

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First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

2 day in-person or 5 week online

“Identify, Respond, and Refer”


Dates & Registration!


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. We have contacted all registered participants to let them know their options of a full refund or transferring their payment to a future workshop. Anyone who has registered for First Responder training and has any urgent administrative questions can call 403-237-6905 ext 295 or email [email protected]

Online Interactive First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services is pleased to announce First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training will include an online format. The interactive online training will be offered as a 5 week training (once a week for five weeks, 3.5 hours per session).

Please note:  This is an Alberta based workshop which uses Alberta resources and guidelines.


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.

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, and Education & Justice. Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Teachers, School Counselors, Police Officers, Victim Services Workers, as well as Faith Leaders.

Category A Credits for Social Workers

Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services #1645 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/29/2018-11/29/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 13 Category A continuing education credits.

Learning Objectives

This 2-day in-person or 5 week online 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.


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.


FRT Brochure


2 Day In-person First Responder Training – Course Outline

5 Week Online First Responder Training – Course Outline


Dates & Registration!


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 via email from AASAS within a month of the training completion date, only to those participants who have completed the full two days of First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training, and the course evaluation.

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.