Upcoming dates:

Specific locations will be determined and announced closer to the date

The cost is $250 (no tax) per person, and includes meals/snacks for the 2 days, plus training materials

Workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. You must attend both days to receive a certificate. 

This training is not currently eligible for CE credits

Space is limited

To Register, please complete a registration form and submit to lisa.rsac@sasktel.net to request a registration package. 

**Registration not complete until payment has been received**

For additional information or questions about your registration, please phone Lisa at 306-522-2777.

For information about this training course being offered in other cities in Saskatchewan, please visit sassk.ca or email info.sass@sasktel.net. 

Module 1 – Critical Communication Skills for First Response
What is Sexual Violence?
Continuum of sexual violence
Importance of effective feedback and support
Intersectionality: experiences and responding
Adult process of disclosure

Module 2 – Child Sexual Abuse

Definitions and application of the Criminal Code of Canada
Dynamics of victims and abusers
Age of consent
Child process of disclosure
Behavioural, physical, mental and social indicators and impacts
Reporting (Saskatchewan Child Abuse Protocol)
Demonstration of responding skills using scenarios

Module 3 – Adults Who Were Abused as Children

Behavioural, physical, mental and social impacts of abuse in adults
Complex post-traumatic stress response
Reporting options
Grounding techniques
Demonstration of responding skills using scenarios

Module 4 – Sexual Harassment

Defining sexual harassment (Sask. Human Rights), harassment versus flirting
Sexual harassment on the continuum of violence
Impacts of sexual harassment
Reporting options

Module 5 – Sexual Assault

Definitions and application of the Criminal Code of Canada
Examination of myths and biases
Prevalence rates
Immediate and long-term impacts
Sexual assault trauma: stages and responses
Reporting options
Demonstration of responding skills using scenarios

Module 6 – Rethinking Prevention

Define and discuss the anti-violence continuum
Discuss negative impacts of prevention tips aimed at people who may be assaulted
Myths and the “Just World” hypothesis
Personal challenges: boundaries, being media savvy, involvement, speaking out


February 29/March 1, 2020

May 5/6, 2020




Regina Sexual Assault Centre

Need someone to talk to? Call for free inclusive 24-hour support.   306-352-0434

With increased media attention, more people are coming forward with their own personal stories of sexual violence. Would you know what to do if someone told you they were the victim of sexual abuse or assault? Would you know how to react appropriately, what their options are, or the appropriate community agencies for referral?

Professionals in education, health and mental health are often the first person a survivor shares their story with—and that first interaction can make or break a person’s decision to go to the hospital, get mental health support, or report to police.

It’s no small thing being trusted with someone’s story of sexual abuse, so we know you want to be prepared.

The Regina Sexual Assault Centre (RSAC) offers a 2-day intensive workshop called First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training ™ . The course content was developed and trademarked by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), and RSAC has two accredited facilitators who offer this training in the Regina area.

The First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training ™  model draws from the idea of first aid. The job of the first responder is not to know all the answers, or to counsel the victim, but rather provide information and empower the person who shares their story, allowing them to create their own plan with help from professionals (a counsellor, a doctor, or the police).

Just as civilians are trained to handle emergency medical situations, we train people how to respond to a disclosure of sexual assault so that the victim feels believed and supported. Individuals who complete the training will leave with knowledge about the causes, indicators and impacts of sexual violence, as well as communication techniques and the legal and medical processes, so that they are prepared to connect with the victim in the short term and help them determine how they want to move forward. 

What to Expect

A comprehensive coil-bound workbook to take home

A folder containing additional resources

The ability to educate individuals about the personal, cultural, and legal aspects of sexual violence

The ability to recognize, define, and respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual violence