Supporting students and survivors during COVID-19

We’re so excited to bring you online workshops this fall (more information to be announced soon) but in the meantime we thought we’d share a project we took on earlier this spring!

On May 20th we had the pleasure of running our first online webinar at the invitation of BCcampus, an initiative funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training that seeks to support post-secondary institutions and students through projects relating to various topics including open education, mental health, and educational technology.

BCcampus approached us to be a part of a series of webinars throughout April to June aimed at providing post-secondary students with skills needed in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid changes taking place on campuses and beyond. Webinars in this series included tips on online learning and community building as well as information about student rights, and we were invited to address questions about sexualized violence and supporting survivors.

Knowing that since the beginning of the pandemic we’ve experienced a decrease in the number of people using our support services while other services such as helplines and shelters have received an influx of requests for support, we decided to share some best practices for supporting survivors in our lives to help build our collective skills for this difficult time, and beyond.

For those of you who have attended our Supporting a Survivor in-person workshop over the past few years, you will most likely recognize some aspects of this webinar, though they are presented in a condensed format and alongside some important considerations for safety planning (especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic). To read more about the webinar, view the recording and additional resources check out the link below!

Click here to view the handout for this webinar (PDF)

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