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.

Annual Training Forum

Annual Training Forum 2019

The 2019 Annual Training Forum will be taking place at Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport from Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, October 25, 2019. This year’s theme is Strength in Solidarity: Coming Together to Share Promising Practices. In 2019, BCSTH is honouring the dynamic work of our membership and the wider anti-violence sector to allow us to learn from each other, find common ground and enhance the ways in which we provide services for all women, children and youth experiencing violence. We look forward to receiving proposals for workshops that explore innovative approaches to support services for women, children and youth fleeing and/or living with the effects of violence and that foster collective strength.

Call for proposal

Current Training Courses

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 pre-requisite for all other BCSTH courses and/or training.  


Increasing Access for Indigenous Women

Indigenous women experience distinct forms of violence as a result of historical and contemporary colonial policies and attitudes.  The layering of colonial and gender violence has resulted in devastating outcomes.

This training course is intended to provide staff and managers at transition houses, second stage houses and safe homes in BC with tools to increase access to services for Indigenous women and their families who are seeking safety from violence.


Legal Issues Supporting Women and Children Experiencing Violence Training & Webinar Series

The purpose of the toolkit is to provide front line workers legal information and resources tailored to meet the needs of the anti-violence sector. The toolkit aims to be a relevant and accessible resource regarding key legal issues and to support the services provided to women and children by increasing the legal knowledge of the anti-violence sector.

In addition to the Toolkit, there are four webinars on topics that have been identified by BCSTH member programs as priorities.


Building Supports: Promising Practices

The goal of the Building Supports Promising Practices training is to enhance the capacity, practices and policies of transition house staff and management to better support immigrant and refugee women leaving violence. Participants will gain an understanding of promising practices and policies that can enhance current transition house service delivery and ensure that they are culturally safe and relevant.


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

PEACE I 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. PEACE I 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.


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

PEACE II teaches how to design and run a PEACE program; how to work with mothers and with other professional service providers; and how to ensure support for PEACE 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.


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.