With increased media attention and high profile cases, more people are coming forward with their own, personal stories of sexual violence. Would you know what to do if someone told you they were the victim of sexual abuse or assault? Would you know how to react appropriately, what their options are, or the appropriate community agencies for referral?
Many professionals in the health and mental healthcare fields are likely to be the first person a survivor shares their story with—and that first interaction can make or break the survivor’s decision to move forward with a rape kit at the hospital, getting mental health support, or police reporting.
It’s no small thing being trusted with someone’s story of sexual abuse, so we know you want to be prepared.
The Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre (SSAIC) is excited to offer a 2-day intensive course called First Responder to Sexual Assault Training™. The course content was developed and trademarked by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), and SSAIC has two accredited facilitators who can offer this training in our home community of Saskatoon.
The First Responder to Sexual Assault model draws from the idea of first aid. The job of the first responder to sexual assault is not to know all the answers, or to counsel the victim, but rather to provide psychological first aid. The goal is to empower the person who shares this painful information to decide on their own plan with help from professionals (a counsellor, a doctor, or the police).
Just as civilians are trained to handle emergency medical situations, we can train people how to respond to a disclosure of sexual assault so that the victim feels believed and supported. Individuals who complete the First Responder to Sexual Assault Training will leave with the necessary background knowledge of sexual violence in various forms (childhood sexual abuse, barriers to disclosure, communication techniques, and community referrals) so that they are prepared to connect with the victim in the very short term and help them determine how they want to move forward.
What can you expect to take away from the training?
- A comprehensive coil-bound workbook to take home
- A folder containing additional resources
- The ability to educate individuals about the personal, cultural, and legal aspects of sexual violence
- To enable individuals to recognize, define, and respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual violence
Upcoming course dates for 2018-19 are as follows:
- September 13 & 14, 2018 (FULL)
- July 11 & 12, 2018 (TENTATIVE)
- November 16 & 17, 2018
- March 29 & 30, 2019
Important registration information:
- All training will take place in the city of Saskatoon, with specific locations TBD.
- The cost is $225 (no tax) per person, and includes snacks/meals for the 2 days, plus training materials.
- This training is not currently eligible for CE credits.
Choose the dates of the course and fill out an online registration form. Each date of training runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you cannot fill out an online registration form, you must register in person at our office. **Registration not completed until payment as been received**
For information about an SSAIC training course, or for questions about your registration, please phone SSAIC at 306-244-2294.