E-learning trainings on Sexual Violence: Understanding & Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Start date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Postal address: 


OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is pleased to invite participants in it’s self-directed E-learning trainings on Sexual Violence: Understanding & Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Free training in French.

Purpose of Course SV1 self-directed training:

The purpose of this free introductory-level course is to help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of sexual violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.  It is important to note that when discussing sexual violence, the focus will not only be on abuse that can occur within intimate relationships but also sexual violence that is perpetuated by family members, friends, acquaintances, those in positions of power and strangers.

The course is a 5 week online self-directed training and is not meant to provide in-depth training on how to become a sexual violence counselor.  However, course content will emphasize the importance of working within professional boundaries and providing referrals to external sources when required. 

Upon completion of the Training you will be able to:

  • Analyze the issue of sexual violence from a gendered and anti-oppression framework
  • Critically analyze the realities of immigrant and refugee women who have experienced sexual violence in the context of structural and systemic barriers.
  • Understand the broad range of supports available to survivors of sexual violence
  • Understand the legislative responses to sexual violence in Canada.
  • Develop an understanding of the Province’s 2015 Sexual Violence Action Plan
  • Identify information and tools on how to support survivors of sexual violence including: effectively responding to disclosures, safety planning with women and making effective referrals.
  • Identify ways of promoting community and social change by engaging survivors of sexual violence in organizational change.

Purpose of Course SV2 self-directed training:

 Upon completion of the Training you will be able to:

  • Understand a feminist, anti-oppressive approach to sexual violence and harassment that incorporates intersectionality
  • Understand how structures and systems of power impact sexual violence and harassment (including experiences, how it is recognized, as well as how supports are provided)
  • Be knowledgeable about responding to and supporting senior women, disabled women, LGBTQ+ communities and women who have been trafficked, understanding that their experiences of sexual violence and harassment are distinct;
  • Be knowledgeable about existing resources and supports appropriate for specific populations (senior women, disabled women, LGBTQIA+ communities and women who have been trafficked);
  • Have an appreciation for community-based responses to sexual violence and harassment including, but not limited to community engagement, advocacy, transformative justice, etc.
  • Have had the opportunity to reflect on their own role as frontline workers within the context of prevention of sexual violence and harassment.

From November 22nd 2017 to December 27th

  • Module 1: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
  • Module 2: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
  • Module 3: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
  • Module 4: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
  • Module 5: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

The course will be completed on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017.

This course is open to settlement workers and service providers working with immigrant and refugee women from across the province who are willing to:

  • Commit to approximately 3-4 hours of learning each week for the period of 5 weeks.
  • Engage in active participation and complete assignments each week
  • Complete the entire program 

Although prior e-learning experience is not required, it will be an asset.  You will need access to a computer for this training. 

If you are interested in participating, please click the link below and complete the registration form that follows:

To register for level 1 please, click here

To register for level 2 please click here

Registration Deadline: 12:00 p.m.  November 20th, 2017. Enrollment is limited.

Cliquez ici pour la version française de l’invitation.