Training Institute Opportunities

Support for Service Providers in Manitoba

The Sexuality Education Resource Centre MB (SERC) Training Institute offers comprehensive training opportunities to support service providers in Manitoba. Each draws on expertise, up-to-date research, evidence-based approaches and local resources to enhance knowledge, skills and awareness on sexuality issues. Training Institute sessions include a mix of virtual workshops (held over Zoom) and in-person training opportunities.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Teaching Comprehensive Sexuality: Facilitation Skills for Teachers and Youth Service Providers (In Person)

August 23 & 24, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: SERC Winnipeg, 167 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7

SERC has been training and consulting on comprehensive sexuality education in Manitoba for over 20 years, and our youth education program has been leading hundreds of workshops every year in classrooms and youth-serving organizations for the same amount of time. Teaching Comprehensive Sexuality: Facilitation Skills for Teachers and Youth Service Providers is one of our foundational trainings, and we have enjoyed sharing tools and strategies with teachers and youth service providers across the province of Manitoba.

In 2021, the youth program updated and expanded their curriculum, which now includes more workshops for youth in elementary schools. This two-day training will include updated information and activities that can be used with youth in grades 5 and up, and is designed to allow participants to comfortably facilitate the activities with youth immediately after leaving the workshop. If you are interested in being a sexuality or sexual health educator, or sharpening your skills, this workshop is a great place to start! 

COST: $100.00 Registration / $50.00 Student

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Creating a Culture of Consent at Work (Virtual)

September 27, 2022, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

Workplace sexual harassment is a harmful pattern of behaviour that negatively impacts individual staff as well as larger workplace units and teams. During this participatory afternoon participants will identify and discuss the underlying issues that may lead to harmful workplace sexual harassment and, develop a practical lens and understanding of what ‘Consent at Work’ can mean in and for your workplace. Participants will also leave with learning effective skills for bystander intervention, how to better support staff who have disclosed experiences of workplace sexual harassment as well as information about how to navigate the local resource map of support available for Manitobans.  

COST: FREE!

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Co-Leadership in Community Health (Virtual)

September 22, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

After two years of working together as co-executive directors, Jared Star and Leigh Anne Caron will share their learnings about the strengths of shared leadership and the considerations when thinking about moving towards shared leadership models. 

COST: FREE!

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“SEXT ED”: Youth Sexual Development and Consensual Literacy (Virtual)

November 9, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

People of all ages live much more of their lives online than 20 years ago. Digital dating apps are no longer trends, but norms in many places. Is it any surprise that young people are developing and experiencing their sexuality online as well? This training focuses on how to reduce the risks and increase the benefits of online sexuality through an essential life skill: consensual literacy. Service providers will leave with understandings of the legal aspects of viewing and sending sexual material and ways to have open, non-judgemental conversations about sexuality and technology with youth. 

COST: $35.00 Registration / $15.00 Student

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Knowledge into Action: HIV Stigma Reduction (Virtual)

December 1, 2022, Time TBA

Location: Zoom Meeting

Knowledge into Action (KiA) is a community-based project that works with newcomer communities in Winnipeg associated with countries considered HIV endemic. The project includes components focused on increasing STBBI related knowledge among community members, increasing capacity of community resource people and leadership, and increasing capacity of service providers offering services for these communities. This presentation will highlight the main challenges, learnings and successes of this work. 

COST: FREE!

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2STLGBQ+ Diversity and Inclusion Training for Service Providers (Virtual)

Two part series: December 8, 2022 and December 15, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

Supporting diversity and promoting inclusion are essential components of working with people in culturally relevant and safe ways. This training opportunity invites service providers to broaden their awareness and build capacity around Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identities and experiences.  

COST: $75.00 Registration / $30.00 Student

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Creating a Culture of Consent at Work (In Person)

January 26, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: TBA

Workplace sexual harassment is a harmful pattern of behaviour that negatively impacts individual staff as well as larger workplace units and teams. During this participatory day participants will identify and discuss the underlying issues that may lead to harmful workplace sexual harassment and, develop a practical lens and understanding of what ‘Consent at Work’ can mean in and for your workplace. Participants will also leave with learning effective skills for bystander intervention, how to better support staff who have disclosed experiences of workplace sexual harassment as well as information about how to navigate the local resource map of support available for Manitobans. Participants will be granted an hour for lunch. Lunch not provided. 

COST: FREE!

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Starting the Conversation: Sexuality in Our Work With People Labelled With Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (Virtual)

Two part series: February 9, 2023 and February 16, 2023, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

People living with intellectual and developmental disabilities are sexual beings with diverse experiences like everyone else, but face unique barriers to sexual and reproductive autonomy. This introductory training aims to support growth in service providers looking to enhance their skills being reactive to “teachable moments” as well as proactive in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health with those they support.  

COST: $75.00 Registration / $30.00 Student

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Advocacy in Action: SERC’s Approach to FGC (Virtual)

February 14, 2023, Time TBA

Location: Zoom Meeting

In this workshop we will share information about Our Selves, Our Daughters Program, an award-winning initiative that provides space and resources for newcomer women from communities affected by female genital cutting (FGC) working for a change within their communities in Winnipeg, and advocating for improved care and support offered by service providers. This session will provide an overview of program learnings, challenges and successes, and SERC’s approach when working with these communities. 

COST: FREE!

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If you are interested in a private, customized training for your organization, please fill out this Training Request Form.

Teaching Comprehensive Sexuality Webinar Series – Free!

The Teaching Comprehensive Sexuality Web Series is a group of conversations designed to be taken either as a series, or as one off sessions. Each session looks at a different element of comprehensive sexuality education, both inside or outside a traditional classroom. Please join us for as many as you are interested in!

The Balanced Approach: Oppression and Strengths in Gender & Sexual Diversity

May 11, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

The commonly used “Porcupine Activity” explores how oppression impacts marginalized communities to expose systems of discrimination. This balanced approach will offer a second “porcupine” to reveal the strengths of naming and building a community. For those that work with youth in grades 7 and older.

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Languages of Sexuality: How to Talk About Talking About Sexuality

January 18, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

What do we mean when we say “sexuality?” There is no blank slate: sexuality is talked about all the time through slang, euphemisms and silence. Let’s have a conversation about how our language sends messages we might not even know we were putting out there. For those that work with youth of all ages. 

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Consent as the Foundation of Sexuality Education 

January 25, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Consent is the basis for sexuality education and applies to every topic from birth control to identity. See various exercises to help build a culture of consent in multiple contexts. For those that work with youth of all ages.

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Trans- and Intersex-Inclusive Language Using Anatomy Bingo

February 1, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

You will work with trans, intersex and/or gender diverse youth that deserve information about their bodies. We will play a game of Anatomy BINGO as a way to practice “bodies with” language that includes the most students as possible when discussing anatomy and puberty. For those that work with youth of all ages. 

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Risk Rater: Facilitating Discussions About Harm Reduction

February 8, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Abstinence and “no” aren’t the only answers to sexual activity. Living involves risk and harm to varying levels. Abstinence only lessons teach unobtainable “harm elimination.” Practice how to discuss meeting youth where they are at to reduce risks and harm through the Risk Rater activity. For those that work with high school aged youth. 

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Gender and Power: Looking at the Binary “Ultimate (Wo)man”

February 15, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Through a discussion of gender stereotypes and media analysis, this activity will explore how the gender binary impacts us all. Learn to build improved self-image and autonomy through an exploration of our own strengths. For those that work with grade 7 and older youth. 

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The Balanced Approach: Oppression & Strengths in Gender and Sexual Diversity

February 22, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

The commonly used “Porcupine Activity” explores how oppression impacts marginalized communities to expose systems of discrimination. This balanced approach will offer a second “porcupine” to reveal the strengths of naming and building a community. For those that work with grade 7 and older youth.

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