September 2017
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Alberta Initiatives

At AASAS we have been preparing for the #IBelieveYou campaign for months and are super excited to continue to spread the culture of believing throughout Alberta.

We couldn't do it without our partners. Watch for us on transit, billboards, television and radio. Our member organizations will be hosting booths at 28 post secondary campuses with graffiti walls for people to write messages of support for victims of sexual violence. And we have exciting new initiatives that will be revealed next week, so don't forget to visit

While the launch doesn't happen until Monday keen participants, like the University of Calgary, have already begun to share their support. Check out their #IBelieveYou 2017 video.

We look forward to you joining us in support of victims of sexual assault and abuse.

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:
November 13-14   Brooks
November 13-14   Lac La Biche
November 16-17   Medicine Hat
November 28-29   Lloydminster

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

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.

The fall session is closed – but stay tuned for January course details which will be coming soon.

Member Agency Events & Updates

Waypoints Sexual Assault Program is hosting a Take Back the Night event on Friday September 15 from 6-9pm at Jubilee Plaza in Fort McMurray.

For more information please contact Waypoints Sexual Assault Program at 780-791-6708, or find event details on Facebook.

To take action and build community capacity to address family violence, Lethbridge Family Services Counselling, Outreach and Education (COE) Department is pleased to host the Orange Conference on November 20 -21, 2017 in Lethbridge, AB.This 2-day conference will enhance your knowledge and skill set, and inspire you to excel in your work.

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls and the Orange Conference will specifically recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th. 

Reserve your spot and register today.
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