Staff interested in becoming a Responding to Disclosure trainer invited to info sessions

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Second phase of the Responding to Disclosure train-the-trainer program starts soon

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is excited to invite employees at the University of Waterloo to participate in the second phase of the Responding to Disclosure train-the-trainer program!

This unique professional development opportunity was first developed and piloted in 2019 as a collaborative effort between the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women Children (CREVAWC) and UW staff. Utilizing CREVAWC’s online module, found here, an in-person peer-to-peer education model was created through critical input from UW staff to develop a training module tailored to the needs of our campus community.

This training utilizes a social learning theory approach, providing an opportunity for colleagues to learn from one another, discuss concepts, practice skills, and encourage each other to supportively respond to disclosures. The training acknowledges that anyone could receive a disclosure on campus, and the ways in which we respond to those seeking support will have a lasting impact.

Due to our remote working and learning environments, we have developed a train-the-trainer program that will be delivered online via MS Teams on four separate dates, allowing time and space to review content between sessions and prepare for the upcoming session. Each module is 2 hours in length and will be delivered in June 2021. Attendance at all training dates is a requirement of participation.

Following the training, employees who are trained as trainers will be prepared to co-facilitate the programming within their own departments, and potentially within others on campus as well. Optimally, we would encourage 2 department trainings per year, however the trainers are encouraged to work with their supervisors and managers to determine the appropriate frequency. In addition, trainers will receive guidance and mentorship from previous trainers through our established Community of Practice. Through the Community of Practice, trainers connect with one another to brainstorm best ways to address questions that arise during workshops, provide support to one another, and celebrate successes.

We encourage those employees interested in becoming a Responding to Disclosure trainer to attend one of two information sessions being offered to provide further information regarding the training including time commitment, expectations of trainers, the Community of Practice for trainers, and more.

Two Information Sessions will be held on MS Teams. Please register for your preferred Session:

Monday, May 10th: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 12th: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We are seeking to include a balanced representation of employees and as such strongly encourage those departments and units not already represented in our trainer group to participate. Depending on interest in involvement, we may not be able to accommodate more than one representative from your area at this time.

We are asking that commitments to this program be submitted no later than end of day Friday, June 4th, 2021. Commitments must be approved by your supervisor/manager.

Thank you for considering being a part of this opportunity!

Questions? Contact Amanda Cook (she/her), Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

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