By Paula Wells, WomanACT Events and Social Media Planner
On Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th, close to 250 front-line workers from 40 agencies in Toronto's Violence Against Women (VAW) sector attended the 2018 Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff (SSxSS) Training Conference. The event is a part of WomanACT's annual End Violence Against Women Week in Toronto.
This year’s training, entitled ‘Let’s Get Into It Together’, was facilitated by Bo Yih Thom and J. McKnight. These facilitators lead us through a fully packed, 2-day workshop experience focused on four core topics: trauma-informed care and practice, trauma and the brain, self-reflection, and unpacking bias.
Each day, we were guided through several interactive practices and exercises to give front-line staff in the GTA the opportunity to network and engage with each other. Also, through these exercises, participants experienced some of the discomfort, challenges and barriers that women trying to flee violence may face on a daily basis. This was emphasised during an exercise where participants were forced to find new seating arrangements.
Before each break, participants were lead through a breathing exercise encouraging them to unwind their bodies and minds. The poetry mash-up on day two was enjoyed by all and allowed one’s work and life experience to foster into a beautiful poem. Please view the picture gallery below to see some of the poetry mash ups created by attendees.
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This valuable training would not be possible without the generous funding of The Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Thank you to our facilitators, Bo Yih Thom & J. McKnight for taking the time to create this 2 day experience specifically designed for front-line staff in Toronto in the VAW sector.
We were happy to welcome back Caversham Books who supplied our attendees with a huge selection of books geared to the important work they do.
And, of course, a special shout out to the hotel staff and Chef Kalvin at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale for their non-stop, incredible service and amazingly tasty food throughout our entire week-long stay.