First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training is a comprehensive two-day training course, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan. 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.

Learning objectives

This two-day 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, relational and 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 effect 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 effect the continuum of sexual violence.
  • List contributing factors surrounding the acceptance of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Men, are you constantly bombarded with messages about what it means to “be a man”? Challenge and de-construct those messages with this session.

Man Up! Deconstructing the Messages of Masculinity is for male identifying students to generate dialogue around masculinity and the impact it has on health and community.

Participants will:

  1. Gain awareness of gender norms and expectations.
  2. Explore messages of traditional manhood and explore alternative representations.
  3. Identify the effect of stereotypical masculinity on expression of feelings and help seeking behaviours.

This session will be delivered by Lethbridge Family Services Education and Outreach.

LGBTQ+ Awareness

The following sessions are developed and delivered by OUTreach of Southern Alberta.

Queer 101

A one-hour session on LGBTQ+ terminology and language, clarifying terms and providing a space for discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity. This session also briefly touches on what it means to be an ally.

Queer 102

Queer 102 expands on the basic terminology presented in OUTreach Southern Alberta's Queer 101, delving deeper into the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. This session unpacks topics such as passive
homophobia and transphobia, passing privilege, and inclusive versus reductive labels, in order to educate allies on some of the lesser discussed realities of the queer experience. Participants will learn to identify their own impact on frequently encountered challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, and begin the process of evaluating productive allyship practices.

Productive Allyship

Productive allyship is a complex process that balances privilege, responsibility and education. This session dismantles the misconception of allyship as an "identity" by focusing on the power relationships between allies and marginalized individuals. Participants will learn how to begin the process of identifying, evaluating and exercising their privilege in order to work in solidarity with LGBTQ+ individuals and other marginalized groups.

Trans Awareness

This session focuses on expanding and establishing recognition of gender minorities including, but not limited to, transgender, non-binary and genderqueer identities. Participants will learn how to better support trans students, colleagues and friends in this interactive workshop, which will also guide participants through the process of evaluating language and text for trans-inclusivity.

These and other educational opportunities on sexual violence and prevention are scheduled throughout the academic year. Check the events calendar for the next session.

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