Since August 2022, the College, in collaboration with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres and Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes, has been offering members and employers facilitated trauma-informed care workshops, designed to support members in completing the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. These optional workshops include the following topics:
- Trauma-informed care
- Trauma responses
- Processing and dealing with triggers
- Question period
The workshops can help RECEs to understand any reactions they or others may experience while engaging with the content of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. Workshops in English are being conducted monthly and French workshops are conducted bimonthly.
How to participate in these workshops:
Members receive an invitation based on their College membership renewal month. Look for your Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) Reminder email for the invitation and link to register.
New members of the College as of July 2022 are being invited on a quarterly basis. Check your emails for an e-blast invitation.
Who is invited to the workshops?
The Trauma Informed-Care Workshops are being offered to all members and employers. However, members and employers have separate workshops dedicated for them.
Employers are invited to the workshops through email communication. If your employer is interested in participating in these workshops and didn’t receive an email from the College, they can email [email protected].
Feedback from participants of the workshop:
Based on the feedback from participants to date, the workshops have been meeting a need.
- 99% of the participants said the workshop content was either ‘very helpful’ or ‘somewhat helpful’
- 97% of the participants said they feel ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ better prepared to care for themselves when completing the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program
Supports available for members:
- Caring for Self and Others
The purpose of the Caring for Self and Others resource is to provide members with information about how to prepare and care for themselves, and possibly other members, before and during engagement with the program content. This resource also includes contact information for organizations that can help you if professional support is required. Some of these organizations are included below.
To access and/or download this resource, click here.
Province-wide, French & English
24/7 Distress Line: 1 866 531-2600
For Indigenous women, services available in 14 languages
24/7 Distress line: 1 855 554-HEAL (4325)
Toll free: 1 888 200-9997
Thunder Bay: 807-346-HELP (4357)
24/7 Distress Line: 1-877-336-2433
- Services aux femmes, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF)
- Find Support – Sexual Assault Centres in Ontario, Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, OCRCC
If you haven’t been invited to a workshop yet, stay tuned! You’ll receive your invitation to register based on your renewal month. If your renewal month has passed and you’d like to attend a workshop, email [email protected].