Group counselling | Intersectional approaches to group counselling for survivors of gender-based violence
About this course
Feminist, anti-racism/anti-oppression, and intersectional approaches to group counselling are explored. Counsellors and facilitators will consider:
- How do people experience violence differently?
- How can we maintain group goals without compromising the needs of individual survivors?
- How do systems of power and oppression impact groups? How can these impacts be addressed?
- How do survivors respond to support and healing strategies differently?
By course completion, counsellors and facilitators will:
- Have a stronger grounding in theoretical frameworks helpful to survivors of gender-based violence
- Understand how to integrate theory
- Receive practical tools and activities
- Apply strategies to deal with conflicts
- Apply strategies to strengthen group structures and processes for diverse survivors of violence
- Explore their role int he group through critical self-reflection questions
- Once you enroll, you have 3 months of course access to complete the course.
- The course length is 6-8 hours.
Who is this course for?
This course is meant for staff and volunteers with some foundational group training or community-based group experience. If you have supported, facilitated or co-facilitated a group in the past or have taken a previous course on group counselling before, this course is probably right for you.
This course will be useful to staff and volunteers from:
- Organizations that support those experiencing violence, such as violence-prevention organizations or programs, shelters, community-based counselling programs supporting people experiencing or leaving violence, and rape crisis or sexual assault centres.
- Other services and programs delivered for those experiencing violence, such as: outreach programs, accompaniment services, peer support counselling, group counselling and 24-hour crisis lines.
- Organizations that serve newcomers to Canada and refugees.
- Other organizations that may not have a focus on violence or violence prevention, but may work with populations that are more likely to experience violence, such as: youth-serving organizations, women’s organizations, organizations working with people in conflict with the law, organizations working with homeless or transient populations, or organizations supporting those engaged in substance use.