Online Training Modules

Training Module 1

Sexual Violence Response & Awareness - for all community members

This module will help you better understand York's Sexual Violence Policy, and the University’s process for addressing and responding to incidents and complaints of sexual violence.

At the end of this module, you will be asked to complete a brief quiz and will receive a certificate of completion.

Training Module 2

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence - for staff and faculty

Educating campus support workers is essential to help them appropriately communicate with survivors of sexual violence, and offer support. 

Staff and faculty should have compassionate communication and understanding – initial responses to incidents of sexual violence make a significant difference when survivors are learning about their next steps, and the potential outcomes. Knowing about the resources within, and outside, the institution allows staff and faculty to point survivors in the right direction.

When survivors disclose an incident to staff and faculty, it is important that they are not encountering secondary victimization – a response that can be understood as victim-blaming or being unsupportive. Research shows that secondary victimization has majorly negative effects on survivors, which is why support workers require informed training to help them best respond to conversations about sexual violence.

Learning objectives for this training are:

  • To improve the knowledge and skills of faculty and staff in Ontario colleges and universities, so they can support survivors of sexual violence at the moment of disclosure.
  • To teach how to apply a strong gender analysis, anti-oppression and intersectional approach to providing support.
  • Provides scenario-based interactive learning to help identify and evaluate effective responses to disclosures of sexual violence. 

Once you complete training, you will receive a certificate of completion. 

If you need support after finishing any training modules, please contact the Centre directly.

Additional awareness training

We are pleased to offer a range of training sessions that are built to promote awareness, education and empowerment within our community. These training modules have been created to address various aspects of sexual violence, healthy relationships, bystander intervention and more.

Our commitment to customization means that these training sessions can be tailored to your specific needs and concerns. We understand that every context is unique, and we are dedicated to making sure the training you receive resonates with your community.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements, preferences and any specific areas you'd like to emphasize. Together, we can create a training experience that is informative, meaningful and relevant to your community's goals.

  • Explore the concept of safer spaces and how to create them.
  • Learn how to foster inclusive environments with tips in mind.
  • Understand the significance of using correct pronouns.
  • Navigate how to step in when witnessing sexual violence.
  • Learn how to recognize sexual violence and incorporate consent into daily life.
  • Empower yourself to act, create a community that understands and takes sexual violence seriously – aiming to prevent harm.
  • Learn appropriate ways to handle disclosures and make referrals.
  • Understand the impact of supportive vs. unsupportive responses.
  • Discover what the Centre is, and the vital role it plays in the York community.
  • Understand the definition of sexual violence, the difference between reporting and disclosing, how to get assistance and the reporting process.
  • Explore the foundations of healthy relationships across various contexts.
  • Recognize signs of unhealthy relationships and how to connect individuals with support resources.
  • Navigate technology-facilitated violence and abuse. 
  • Understand key terminology, debunk myths and learn about barriers to seeking help. 
  • Learn digital safety tips and how to support those affected by cyber-crime.
  • Reflect on the societal and personal influences that shape the understanding of sex and sexuality, and the impact these influences have. 

We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to fostering a safer and more informed environment.