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At Dragonfly Centre Sexual Violence Services, we believe that it is important to educate front-line service providers on the most current knowledge of sexual violence to ensure survivors are receiving the best supports from all service providers. All of Dragonfly Centre’s professional development curriculum are trauma and culture informed. Providing knowledge, best practices, and strategies to supporting survivors, responding to disclosures etc.  

Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting Abuse

(2 hours)  

Ideal for teachers, school administrators, front line staff of child serving organizations 

  • What grooming is  
  • What child sexual abuse is 
  • Indicators of a child experiencing abuse  
  • How to respond to a disclosure of abuse  
  • Your role in helping to prevent it 
  • Reporting Mandates  
  • The critical roles that policies and procedures play in helping to create safe environments for children 
Trauma-Informed Justice

(4 Hours)  

Ideal for criminal justice personnel such as police officers, RCMP officers, Military Police, Crown Prosecutors, and Peace Officers 

  • Neurobiology of Trauma on survivors of violence 
  • Myths and misconceptions of sexual violence  
  • Survivor-Centered approaches to investigations  
  • Trauma-Informed interview techniques 
  • Who perpetrators are and their motives 

This training was meant for criminal justice personnel to gain a better (1) understanding of how trauma impacts victim’s behaviour, memory, and actions, and how that may lead to implications for an investigation, (2) how to utilize trauma-informed interview techniques that are offender-focused.

Rural Response to Sexual Abuse (RRSA)

(4 Hours)  

Ideal for all front-line rural staff at high likelihood to hear disclosures of sexual violence. Including child and youth workers, support staff, other gender-based violence crisis staff, and human serving agencies.  

  • Neurobiology of Trauma on survivors of violence 
  • Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse  
  • Impacts of Child Sexual Abuse  
  • Understanding Survival Skills Impacts on Adults Who Experienced Abuse  
  • Rape Trauma Syndrome  
  • Skills for Responding to Disclosures  
  • Reporting Mandates and Reporting Options  
  • Rural Community Strategies  
  • Resource Options  

This is a 4-hour workshop that is made up of 5 modules and is designed to educate participants about sexual violence through a trauma-informed lens that understands the intersectionality of sexual violence and responses to it. It was designed for rural, low-population areas where responders may have a relationship with both the offender and the survivor. It programs a strengths-based solution that utilizes trust, honesty, empathy, and shared responsibility for healing and protecting children in our communities. Participants get a workbook and certificate upon completion.    

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse (FRT)

(2 Full Days)  

Ideal for 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. 

  • Define sexual violence and describe its various forms 
  • Understand the short and long term impacts of sexual violence across the lifespan 
  • Articulate why sexual violence is never the fault of the person who has been harmed 
  • Explain the attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate sexual violence and other root causes 
  • Provide a positive and supportive first response to a disclosure of sexual violence 
  • Identify resources and referrals to support those who have experienced sexual violence 

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. 

“Safe Bar” Training

(3 hours) 

Ideals for bartenders, waitresses/waiters, frontline staff or managers of alcohol serving venues 

  • Strategies to cultivate a safe and inclusive bar culture   
  • Recognize inappropriate behaviour along the continuum of sexual and relationship violence 
  • Importance of bystander intervention  
  • How to intervene either proactively or responsively 
  • Common responses to trauma 
  • How to respond to a disclosure of sexual assault 
  • Available resources to give to survivors 
  • Actively promote establishments that adopt safety standards 

For an alcohol-serving venue to be considered a “Safe Bar” at least 50% of staff must participate in Dragonfly’s Safe Bar training. Following the training, Dragonfly will provide Safe Bar promotional and resource materials, including drug-detecting coasters, posters for bathrooms with information for patrons, window clings and digital images with “Safe Bar” to display at your restaurant/bar and website, and hotline/resource information packages to provide when someone is in need of help. Additionally, your venue will be advertised as a Safe Bar on our social media throughout the year. 

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