August 2017
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Alberta Initiatives

The excitement is building as AASAS as we prepare to launch #IBelieveYou 2017! 

With the help of all of you, our committed partners, the 28 post-secondary institutions in Alberta, Pattison, Bell and Corus/Shaw, we will make sure that Albertans understand the power of an “I Believe You” response.

In the News

AASAS CEO Deb Tomlinson added her response to the Alberta Court of Appeal's retrial order in the Cindy Gladue case and their demand for a new standard for sexual assault trials. "My colleagues at the sexual assault centres across Alberta and I know myths and stereotypes are the greatest barrier to health and justice for survivors of sexual assault." 
Her Op-Ed was published by Postmedia

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.

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 contact Katie Roberton.
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 14 – December 7, 2017. 
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

Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault, and Trauma Centre is proud to offer training designed specifically for community members,  
professionals, students, first responders, and front-line workers in the Grande Prairie region. Sessions are facilitated by professional, skilled, and enthusiastic instructors with decades of training and experience, making this training invaluable.

The following courses are being held this Fall/Winter
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