By Paula Wells, Conference and Social Media Coordinator at WomanACT
As you may be aware, WomanACT sends out an annual Needs Assessment Survey to gather feedback from the VAW sector on new and emerging topics affecting our work. The selection of keynote speakers and workshop topics to present during our annual End Violence Against Women Week in Toronto and the Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff (SSxSS) 2-day training are based on these survey results.
We have taken the time to aggregate and digest all of the submissions, and are pleased to release the results of our annual Training Needs Assessment.
Who Took the Survey
We received over 120 responses to this year's survey which is a record number of submissions! The majority of respondents (75%) were front-line staff and 25% hold management positions. Job titles include Transitional Housing Support Workers (THSW), Counsellors, Advocates, Program Coordinators, Social Workers, and Child and Youth Workers to name a few. More than 50% of respondents are working as THSW or Counsellors.
Not everyone could remember the number of SSxSS training sessions they have attended but some have recorded attended more than 10 of these training's over the years!
We asked respondents what areas of interest or issues affecting the VAW sector they would like to see covered at the 2017 training and the top 10 responses were:
Break it Down
We asked respondents about sub topics or specific areas of interest relating to the above top 10 list of topics and these are the results:
Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete the survey. We truly value your input. The search is now on for the perfect speakers to cover these important topics. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.