#USVreact training with university staff is underway in the 4 partner countries, and the training resources will be made available soon. Here the programmes being run at each university:

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  •    Understand their role as a first responder to disclosure;
  •    Define sexual violence and understand the complexity of it;
  •    Recognise the different types of disclosure and the contexts for these;
  •    Respond to a disclosure in an appropriate way to ensure that the student feels supported at the point of disclosure;
  •    Make the student aware of the support available to them in the short, medium and longer term.
  •    Support the student in the decision-making process at the point of disclosure for accessing support.
  •    Initiate an appropriate care pathway to ensure that support is available to the student in the short, medium and longer term.

Session 1: Key Foci

  •    Explain the first responder role;
  •    Identify who might be a first responder and when;
  •    Define sexual violence;
  •    Understand existing perceptions of sexual violence;
  •    Understand disclosure;
  •    Respond to the disclosures from different people;
  •    Evaluate ‘dos and don’ts’ in response to disclosure.

Session 2: Key Foci

  •    State the skills required by the first responder;
  •    Know the support services available to the student;
  •    Respond effectively to disclosure signposting the student to the most appropriate services;
  •    Understand the potential impact on the first responder of hearing a disclosure;

·    Know the support available to the first responder and the importance of this support.

Download the programme of the Disclosure training at Sussex and Brighton Universities here

Learning objectives

  • Define sexual violence and understand the complexity of it.
  • Relate sexual violence to cultural norms and gender inequality and understand why some students may be particularly vulnerable.
  • Develop the skills to respond to a disclosure in an appropriate way and ensure that students feel supported at the point of disclosure.
  • Have sufficient knowledge about care pathways and referral options to provide the student with options to seek further help if they wish.
  • Be able to maintain boundaries and look after own emotional well-being when handling a disclosure.

Download the programme outline here.

Training, entitled  “Sexual violence at the University: recognize, accompany and rethinking response strategies” started at Rovira i Vigili University at the end of January 2017 and was held across different Universities in Catalonia throughout the year

Its main purpose is to increase the capacity of the University community for the protection of the rights of people affected by the sexual harassment/violence.

The course, completely free, was developed for participatory methodologies and smalls groups  (10-12 people), with a duration of 10 hours, distributed in two sessions.

The Programme outline can be downloaded here.

For more information about past courses http://usvreact.eu/ca/cursos-usvreact-urv/

The Panteion University training took place at the Centre for Gender Studies, Department of Social Policy (http://www.genderstudies-panteion.gr/en/). Each cohort had about 12-14 participants, and included members of staff and students. The first couple of groups completed two 4-hour sessions with senior trainers Dr. Matina Papagiannopoulou and Dr. Kiki Petroulaki.

Training sessions address issues of sexual violence at university, and gender violence more broadly, and include both discussion of theoretical and policy frameworks and practical exercises. So far, groups have responded with great interest and have expressed the desire to develop further self-organised initiatives at the university to address issues of sexual and gender violence.

Download the full training programme outline here.

more info: http://www.genderstudies-panteion.gr/en/

University Support for Victims of Sexual Violence; a training course for sustainable services over time.

Original title in Italian: “UNIVERSITÀ A SUPPORTO DELLE VITTIME DI VIOLENZA SESSUALE. Un percorso di formazione per servizi sostenibili nel tempo”

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize sexual violence:
    • Definition of sexual violence
    • Identification of different forms of sexual violence
    • The specificity of harassment at work and in university
  • Contrast and prevent sexual violence:
    • How to manage cases of disclosures
    • How to intervene and to support intervention
    • How to develop a culture contrasting sexual violence

Download the full programme outline here.

Our training, entitled “Sexual Violence in universities: prevention, accompaniment and transformation” is being delivered from January 2017.

The training has been designed to increase awareness, help identify and understand different expressions of sexual violence in our contexts and give practical tools for reflecting and acting responsibly in both reaction and prevention of the issue.

Session one, part one: how do different forms of sexual violence manifest in university settings?

  • Fictional cases are used as a starting point to debate on how we perceive and identify sexual violence: different levels of intensity, different expressions, different people at which it is aimed, diverse actors involved.
  • The work of different groups is put together in a common guided debate where we start to analyse how elements of power act in cases of sexual violence.

Session one, part two: understanding, framing and defining sexual violence

  • Following the debates in the first part, we go deeper in the analysis of structural elements involved in SV and the interaction between them. Concepts such as intersectionality, gender, sexual identity and gender expression are introduced using an understandable language and based on the cases and debates in the first part.
  • Different definitions of SV used in protocols, legal texts or regulatory documents in universities are discussed in groups to analyse the impact of how we define SV in what we do to tackle it.

Session two, part one: how do we react? Perceiving, listening, caring, accompanying and evaluating.

  • Theatre-forum techniques are used to understand the ways in which we react to SV disclosures in university settings. This helps understand the specificities of university and its structures and the way they conform our reactions.
  • Exercises of active listening are used to collectively reflect on the ways we listen and interact with survivors and to understand how power relations are involved as well in the process of disclosure and aid.
  • Through a presentation, we underline the main elements analysed in both exercises and complete them with feminist experts’ advice in how to listen to survivors, develop care and accompany them from a non-paternalist stand and encouraging processes of empowerment and social/environmental change.

Session two, part two: tools, services and strategies for a fair first response in university

  • Real cases are used as a starting point to analyse the potentialities, fragilities and needs of our university in SV cases: how would our university react if this would have happened here? What do we need to improve this response.
  • Specific contributions are gathered for strategies that range from individual implication to institutional measures.
  • Finally, we present a series of resources to which we can refer to, both inside the university and in the associative and local-institutional arena.

more info: http://usvreact.eu/usvreact-courses-already-offered-by-upvehu

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