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. For the health and safety of our staff and participants, the 2021/2022 Training Institute sessions will be held using a virtual platform. Training events include Zoom webinar and interactive Zoom meeting sessions.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

View the 2021/2022 Training Institute calendar here, or see training descriptions below:

Creating a Culture of Consent at Work (Zoom Meeting)

February 9, 2022, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Workplace sexual harassment is a harmful pattern of behavior that negatively impacts individual staff as well as larger workplace units and teams. During this afternoon training, participants will identify and discussing 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 the workplace. Participants will leave with effective skills for bystander intervention and an understanding of how to better support staff who have disclosed experiences of workplace sexual harassment as well as instructions on how to navigate the local resource map of support available for Manitobans.

IDEAL FOR: All sectors, including private, corporate and business.

COST: Free!


Having the Conversation: Sexuality in Our Work with People Labelled with ID/DDs (Zoom Meeting)

Two-part workshop February 17, 2022 and February 24, 2022,1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Healthy sexuality is a key component of overall health and wellness for all people, including those labelled with an intellectual or development disability diagnosis. This introductory training will take a rights-based approach to understanding the complexities, challenges and issues with respect to sexuality, in organizations that support people living with developmental disabilities. This introduction aims to support growth in service providers looking to enhance their skills reacting to “teachable moments” and being proactive by starting conversations around sexual health.

The following topics are included:

  • Sexuality Foundations
  • Diversity in Human Sexuality
  • Consent, the Law and Rights
  • Frameworks for Responding to Clients and Community
  • Enhancing Environmental Supports
  • Understanding the Role of Stigma
  • Consent & Sexual Readiness
  • Resources and Referrals

IDEAL FOR: Service providers who work directly with people with developmental disabilities including: social workers, government and non-profit sector program planners and policy-makers, settlement services, mental health workers, health care workers in all areas and students in the social sciences, humanities and related human service fields.

COST: $75.00 / $30.00 student


“Sext Ed”: Youth Sexual Development and Consensual Literacy (Zoom Meeting)

March 17, 2022,1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Sexuality is a core component of healthy youth development, which is increasingly happening online. 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-judgmental conversations about sexuality and technology with youth.

The following topics are included:

  • What is Sexting?
  • Consent in a digital world
  • Sex Positivity and Values
  • Opening (off)lines of communication
  • Sexting and the law
  • Safer Sex(ting)
  • Media Literacy
  • Resources and Referrals

IDEAL FOR: Front line workers in youth service settings including: child and youth care, child and family services, youth programs, after-school programs, social workers, child and adolescent health, and students in the social sciences, humanities and related human service fields.

COST: $35.00 Regular / $15.00 Student Rate.


Gender and Sexual Diversity in Elementary Ages (Zoom Meeting)

May 12, 2022,1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Research on Canadian schools shows that discrimination towards 2STLGBQ+ students peaks in grade 8 and declines after. This is just one indication that conversations on gender and sexual diversity are important to happen at earlier ages in order to flatten that curve. This workshop will demonstrate a few activities to start developmentally appropriate conversations for those in grades 4-6.

The workshop will cover:

  • What is gender and sexuality?
  • What is diversity?
  • Strength in difference
  • What is a family? Diversity in nature

IDEAL FOR: Elementary school teachers working in grades 4-6 and those working directly with youth in the same age group.

COST: $35.00 Registration / $15.00 Student


View a PDF version of the Training Institute calendar here: Training Institute Flyer 2021 2022

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

Teaching Sexuality Web Series – Free!

Languages of Sexuality: How to Talk About Talking About Sexuality

April 6, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

This discussion will explore euphemisms and the language around sexuality. What values and beliefs are under the surface that may create barriers to talking holistically about sexual health? For those that work with youth of all ages.


Consent as the Foundation of Sexuality Education

April 13, 2022, 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.


Trans and Intersex Inclusive Language Using Anatomy BINGO

April 20, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

You will have trans, intersex and/or gender diverse students in your class that deserve information about their bodies. Practice using “bodies with” language when talking about anatomy by playing a round of Anatomy BINGO. For those that work with youth of all ages.


Risk Rater: Facilitating Discussions About Harm Reduction

April 27, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Abstinence and “no” aren’t the only answers to sexual activity. Practice how to discuss meeting youth where they are at to reduce risks through the Risk Rater activity. For those that work with high school aged youth.


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

May 4, 2022, 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. Improved self image and autonomy will be built through an exploration of our own strengths. For those that work with grade 7 and older youth.


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.