The BC Society of Transition Houses develops and delivers online and in-person training tailored to the needs of anti-violence workers who work directly with women, children and youth experiencing violence.

Current Training Courses

Reducing Barriers

Women who have experienced violence and who have mental health and substance use issues often face restricted access to transition and second stage houses and safe homes. As a result, those who are most vulnerable are at increased risk of homelessness and further violence. This in-person training focuses on considering ways to lower and reduce these barriers and is offered 4 – 6 times a year across BC.

Foundations in Violence Against Women

This self-directed online course provides an introduction to understanding the causes, nature, effects and scope of violence against women generally and in Canada specifically.

The history of the transition housing and anti-violence advocates’ movement is explored. This course also outlines the principles of an intersectional feminist framework to provide some grounding assumptions for anti-violence work outlined in subsequent BCSTH courses and in-person training.

This course is a prerequisite for all other BCSTH courses and/or training.  


CWWA I: Introduction to Working with Children and Youth Experiencing Violence

CWWA 1 focuses on learning how to work from a feminist and child-centred perspective. Participants learn important background on child and youth development, and how a child or youth’s development may be affected by exposure to violence. CWWA 1 looks at two specific areas of child and youth development that are particularly relevant: attachment and resilience. It discusses how to work with children and youth who come from minority or marginalized backgrounds, and how to foster community awareness and advocacy on behalf of these children and youth, and their families. This course is also useful to others supporting children and youth who are experiencing violence.

CWWA II: Supporting Children and Youth Exposed to Violence Against Women

CWWA II teaches how to design and run a CWWA program; how to work with mothers and with other professional service providers; and how to ensure support for CWWA counsellors. This course is also useful to others supporting children and youth who are experiencing violence.

Violence Is Preventable Training (VIP)

VIP Training is a self-directed online course focusing on an overview of violence prevention in the context of gender-based violence in Canada, including our society’s thoughts about children and youth’s exposure to violence against their mothers, and how prevention activities can help. Rooted in BCSTH’s belief in feminist principles, this training provides reasons and ways to talk about violence prevention that are child centered and developmentally appropriate.

Annual Training Forum

Annual Training Forum 2016

The 2016 Annual Training Forum will be taking place at Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport from Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28, 2016. Visit our Annual Training Forum site for the full program, registration information and more.