The Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) has new online, self-moderated courses that will help you expand your skills to support different women and people experiencing violence and abuse. Access the courses on OAITH's website.
Learn more about the courses below:
Foundations of VAW Practice
Now a self-moderated course, learn at your own pace! The Foundations of VAW Practice course will give you knowledge about foundational frameworks, such as intersectional feminism and survivor inclusion model, to support women and marginalized groups. You will gain necessary skills in self-reflective practice, portfolio development, and record-keeping practices. It is highly recommended that you complete this course first, before completing other courses.
Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Intersection of Sexual Violence & Domestic Violence
Created in collaboration with The Learning Network and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, this course will provide you with skills and strategies to support victims/survivors of intimate partner violence who also disclose experiences of sexual violence in their intimate relationships.
Towards Trans Inclusive Shelter- Understanding and Eliminating Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression in Ontario’s Interval and Transitional Housing
Created in collaboration with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, this course is intended to provide Executive Directors and staff in VAW Shelters, transition houses, and community organization with skills and strategies to support transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary survivors of violence. The course provides information about human rights and legal obligations about gender identity and gender expression, as outlined by the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Violence Against Women - Emergency Shelter Standards.
Service Providers: Responding and Preventing Violence Against Older Women
Created in collaboration with Elder Abuse Ontario, in this course you will gain tools and strategies to identify signs of abuse among older women, barriers to disclosure, and skills and tips to better communicate with older women and their families.
Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant & Refugee Communities
Created in collaboration with Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), this course will provide you with information and tools to support immigrant and refugee women who are experiencing or have experienced sexual violence. Using an intersectional lens, you will gain information and skills about systemic barriers immigrant and refugee women experience when trying to access services and supports; immigration systems and policies, and best practices to support immigrant and refugee women and community development responses to sexual violence.
Improving Access to Violence Against Women Services: Communicating and Interacting with People with Disabilities
Created in collaboration with Springtide Resources, this course will provide you with skills and strategies to work and support women with disabilities, who are experiencing violence, in VAW organizations. The course includes information about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005; fact sheets about different disabilities; barriers to accessing services, case scenarios and videos, as well as strategies to provide customer service to women with disabilities with dignity and respect.
Sexual Violence, Law, and Legal Options Available to Survivors
Created in collaboration with METRAC: Action on Violence, this introductory course will provide you with information about how various forms of sexual violence are defined differently in the legal system; as well as provide information about different legal processes that will allow you to support survivors to understand their legal rights and options.
New courses will be available in both English and French, except for Addressing Violence Against Indigenous Women. Currently, our English versions are available to all learners, and French courses will be available at the end of April.