Strategic Interventions

Professional development for front line workers rooted in a decolonizing, intersectional feminist analysis of violence against girls and women.

Strategic Interventions

The goal of Strategic Interventions is professional development for front line workers, social service providers, advocates, community organizers and managers rooted in a Decolonizing, intersectional feminist analysis of violence against girls and women. Each of our Strategic Interventions offers training and events designed for individuals working in a helping capacity with women, girls, men, families where violence and abuse are present. CORE Training is our basic workshop series that offers a solid grounding of knowledge for those who are actively dealing with these issues.

Our established, gold star curriculum has trained thousands of people over the past 36 years.

We know that employees hire graduates of our program which means that taking this CORE Training leads to increased employability. More importantly, our work helps women build strength and resiliency through better direct service delivery.

Strategic Interventions are training and events designed for individuals working in a helping capacity with women, girls, men, families where violence and abuse are present.

Through Strategic Interventions, we host training and events in Vancouver, across BC and in other regions of Canada with the goal of professional development for front line workers, social service providers, advocates, community organizers and managers.

 

Training workshops

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The Core Training
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Applying Narrative Therapy from a Feminist Anti-Oppression Perspective
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Support Group Facilitator Training
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Sexual Violence – Fundamentals of Support for Women
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Responding to the Intersections of Violence Against Women and the Law
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Supporting Non Status, Refugee and Immigrant Women Who Experience Violence
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Men Ending Violence – Urging Men to Own Their Role in Ending Violence Against Girls and Women
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Parenting Issues for Women Who have Experienced Abuse
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The Indian Act, Indian Residential School, Empowerment and Advocacy with Indigenous Women
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Recognizing, Understanding and Responding to Economic Abuse
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Violence, Substance Use and Mental Health – Fundamentals of Safety Planning and Support for Women
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Advocacy 101
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When Battered Women are Arrested
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Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Ending Gender Violence workshop
New (since July 2020): Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Ending Gender Violence workshop

The Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Ending Gender Violence workshop intends to deepen the application of an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework in the frontline work of women’s and anti-violence organizations.

Racism, racial abuse and racial violence are factors in the lives of women who access anti-violence organizations and racism is itself a distinct social determinant of the impact of gender-based violence. Individual and systemic racism present barriers to quality anti-violence services and programs. These barriers include the inappropriate use of interpreters, culturally-inappropriate service-delivery methods, and anti-violence workers providers who impose their own values and perspective on populations they know very little about. These barriers deter racialized people from using anti-violence organizations, or lead them to defer seeking help until they are in desperate need.  Some organizations aim to improve their services by adopting “culturally competent” approaches.  These approaches can be a good first step however only an anti-racist analysis can truly respond to the underlying sources of ongoing trauma for program participants or lead to the organizational and structural changes needed within anti-violence service delivery and organizations.

Anti-racist practice is a strategic approach to addressing all forms of oppression in the anti-violence sector and system.  The focus on racism does not mean we are competing with other “isms” or are creating a hierarchy of oppressions, and instead we see anti-racism as an entry point.

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases can influence attitudes and behaviours
  • Identify how to remain open when values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases challenged
  • Examine our values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases regularly to ensure they are not negatively influencing the support services and in co-worker relationships
  • Understand how values, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, preconceptions, and biases are influenced by the systems and institutions we live and work in
  • Define the key components of an anti-racism and anti-oppression analysis
  • Define and understand the forms of racism including anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism
  • Describe the structural links among different forms of oppression within a societal context that is both local and global including colonization, racism, class structure, economic models, environmental issues, heterosexism and homophobia, gender, and disability
  • Describe the importance of working with women who have experienced violence from a decolonizing, anti-racism and anti-oppression approach
  • Increase their understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppression best practices ending violence work

If you’re interested in exploring how this training can work for your team, please email strategicinterventions@bwss.org.

Strategic Interventions

Strategic Interventions is rooted in a Decolonizing, intersectional feminist analysis of violence against girls and women. Each training and event delivers content, as well as, provides an opportunity for advocates and frontline workers to gather together, network, share common experiences, learn from each other, and strengthen the web of support within our communities, support empowerment of women while working for social, institutional and systemic change.

Training is offered in person, over the phone and online, often in partnership with local community groups and organizations. Our trainers and facilitators are established, knowledgeable, experienced and skilled in development and delivery of skill based training workshops grounded in strong theoretical frameworks and current research.

The women who founded Battered Women’s Support Services in 1979, recognized the importance of public education and training for social change. Training and public education are at the heart of our organization and key to our work to end violence against girls and women. For over 30 years, Battered Women’s Support Services has delivered training and education workshops across sectors and regions in Canada.

Strategic Interventions is a social enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services. Training and events may have a fee, may have a suggested donation, may be privately or publicly funded and/or be free of charge. Revenue generated from fees go into related expenses, and funding critical and essential violence prevention and intervention services operated by Battered Women’s Support Services. Last Year… Here’s How We Delivered On Our Commitment >

Every week a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. BWSS is working to change that.