August 2018
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Alberta Initiatives

Inspiration Awards - Call for Nominations

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is pleased to present the 2018 Alberta Inspiration Awards in Family and Community Safety.

Every November during Family Violence Prevention Month, government recognizes outstanding Albertans who are making a difference in their communities.Their efforts to prevent family violence, sexual violence, child abuse and bullying contribute to violence prevention and advance healthy relationships for all Albertans.

Learn more about the awards and how to submit a nomination.
SART physicians, emergency physicians, urgent care physicians, family physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare providers working with sexual assault patients are encouraged to attend.

This conference is designed to share core training and a management update for urban and rural healthcare professionals on sexual assault.

Topics include:
Transgender: Changing Paradigms and Principles
Building Community Around How We Talk About Sexual Assault
Pediatric Sexual Abuse for Healthcare Providers
Sexual Violence in Aboriginal Communities
Making Sense of Rape(y) Culture (And the Media’s Role in It)
The Impact of Trauma on Memory
And much more....

For full details and to register, visit the University of Calgary website.

In the News

Calgary Police Reviewing Sexual Assault Cases With External Experts

As part of the force’s adoption of the Philadelphia Model, Calgary police met with sexual-assault prevention advocates to review 89 sex crimes cases from January to March of 2018 that were closed as unfounded or otherwise cleared.

Programs like the Philadelphia Model improve and enhance the criminal justice response to sexual violence.

Read the story in Calgary StarMetro.

Training Opportunities

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

What will Participants Learn?

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

Upcoming training dates:
Aug 23-24 Lethbridge (Private Training)
Sept 10-11 Cold Lake (Private Training)
Sept 19-20 Sundre (Registration Open)
Sept 24-25 Lac La Biche (Private Training)
Oct 2-3 Lethbridge (Private Training)
Oct 4-5 Lethbridge (Registration Open)

Please visit the AASAS website regularly for new training dates.

If you would like to coordinate a First Responder Training in your community, organization, or institution – please email AASAS.
Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) is thrilled to announce an upcoming Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence Course, taking place in an online classroom from September 20 – December 6, 2018. 
What will Students Learn?
This course offers an integrative, mindfulness-based approach to ongoing assessment and interventions with adult survivors (all genders) of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. It draws on the most current theory including feminist, attachment, regulation, and interpersonal neurobiology; and evidence-based practices, including mindfulness, cognitive, emotion-centred, somatic, neurofeedback and other emergent approaches for trauma, addiction and mental health.
Who Is This Course For?:
This 12 week online integrative course is designed for counselors, therapists, and other mental health practitioners who may wish to work with survivors of sexual violence, or who may be already working with survivors and would like to more deeply inform their counselling practice. Registrants must have, at a minimum, a bachelors level education in a social or health services discipline and/or are registered/licensed with a professional association that maintains a code of ethics and standards of practice that provide parameters for the registrant’s scope of practice. Special considerations may be accommodated on a case by case basis.
Participant Feedback about the Course:
  • “I really enjoyed every part of this course… I felt my instructors were very informative and presented the course great”
  • “I very much appreciated how comprehensive this course was”
  • “I feel I learned things about myself and am aware of it now”
For more information and to register, click on the poster below. 

Member Agency Events & Updates

If you want to gain tools to critically think about how the media portrays sexual violence, join CCASA for another great discussion night. 

Click on the image above to RSVP.
Roll out your mat for a cause
On August 18th, namaste your way to the 4th annual Nexus Energy Technologies Central Alberta Yogathon in support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.
Bring your mat down to Red Deer City Hall Park and join this wonderful community to raise awareness for mental health and sexual violence through the healing power of yoga. You’ll enjoy four hours of yoga lead by certified instructors, refreshments and prizes.
Registration fee is $40.00. This fee is waived for any participant who raises $200.00+ in pledges.
Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Red Deer City Hall Park
Need to escape for a night? The Rotary Club of Red Deer is hosting Gala Luau on Saturday, September 22 at the Black Knight Inn featuring great entertainment, a dinner and a getaway into a Polynesian evening of fun. Get tickets online in support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.
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