Available Training

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.  


Working in Transition Housing Programs

Transition Housing Programs are unique environments, with most entailing communal living environments with women, youth and children who may be in the midst of, or overcoming, crises.

This course explores the basics of transition house work and offers an opportunity to learn about practices relative to the goals of our work while employing critical thinking skills to some of the different scenarios that will come up.


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 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 Experiencing 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 times a year across BC.

For more information, please see the Reducing Barriers FAQ sheet.


BCSTH develops practical and informative webinars for anti-violence workers and PEACE program counsellors in BC. BCSTH members can access recording of past webinars for free at the Webinar Library.