January 2018
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Alberta Initiatives

The demand for specialized sexual assault services has exploded over the past two years and despite our agencies going above and beyond to meet the demand, they simply need more resources.

In December, AASAS initiated #SupportSurvivorsAB a call for increased funding to meet the needs of those who have experienced sexual assault in our province. A request has been made to the government for increased funding, and to the public to support that request.

Information was put onto the AASAS website, sample MLA letters, information cards and social media posts were created, and people were encouraged to visit the government's budget feedback page. Survivors of sexual violence, like all victims of trauma, require responsive access to services, especially counselling supports that mitigate further trauma and mental health challenges. 

Visit to learn how you can help. 
First Responder Training – Train the Trainers
AASAS is excited to announce that we are opening up an opportunity to Post-Secondary Institutions across Alberta to have individuals trained as facilitators of the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training!

The two train the trainer dates are March 25-30, 2018 and June 10-15, 2018. Applications are due February 1, 2018.

If you work at a Post-Secondary Institution in Alberta and would like more information or to apply, please email the Continuing Education Coordinator.

In the News

Increased Demand for Sexual Assault Services 

Both the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) and Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) were featured in the media about the need for increased funding to provide timely services to those who have been impacted by sexual violence. 

Metro News Edmonton focused on SACE and their increase in new clients and growing waiting list. 

The Calgary Herald discussed CCASAs increase in counselling sessions and soaring workloads of the Calgary Police sex crimes unit. 

It’s a huge betrayal for someone to finally come out and speak and have nowhere to go” Danielle Aubry, executive director of CCASA.
First Responder Training

After a social media post, the December First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse training sessions in both Edmonton and Calgary filled within a day! CBC Radio Edmonton took note and did an interview with Nikki Bernier, Director of Community Engagement at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Nikki discusses the importance of a supportive response to disclosures of sexual violence and the value of the training.

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:
Edmonton January 24-25 (Training is now Full)
Calgary February 15-16 (Open training)
Fort McMurray March 5-6 (Open training)
Fort McMurray March 7-8 (Private training for Keyano College)
Edmonton March 8-9 (Open training)

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 February 1 – April 19, 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

Education Programs at Dragonfly

Dragonfly Counselling and Support Centre, the newest member of AASAS, is quickly becoming an educational force in their community. The Centre offers information and presentations to early childhood development programs, schools, home school groups, parent groups, community groups and organizations. Information sessions and presentations are customized to meet the needs of the group and/or organization.

Upcoming sessions in 2018 include topics from "Who do you Tell" and digital safety, to "Teen Body & Mind." 

For more information about education programs call 780-815-4456 or Email
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