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PEACE for Canadian Children & Youth: A Training Program

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Women’s Shelters Canada and the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) have launched a three-year project to provide training and mentorship to shelter workers in northern, rural, and remote communities across Canada with the goal of enhancing their capacity to offer specialized supports for vulnerable children and youth who have experienced and/or witnessed gender-based violence.

The training and mentorship for this project is based on BCSTH’s successful “Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment” (PEACE) Program for children and youth responding to violence. This psycho-educational program is currently delivered at 86 sites by 155 counsellors in British Columbia. Originally known as the “Children Who Witness Abuse” (CWWA) Program, the PEACE Program was created by BC transition houses in 1992 to provide dedicated counselling supports to children coming into women’s shelters.

Over the course of this project, training will be delivered virtually and free of charge to 30 cohorts of shelter workers from across the country. Each cohort will be connected with a mentor drawn from current PEACE counsellors throughout BC. In addition, project results will be used to generate a legacy blueprint of promising practices that will be available for widespread use.

Training will begin in Fall 2021 and will be rolled out across the country in stages based on region. Stay tuned for more information on when training will be offered in your region and how to participate!

This three-year project is made possible with funding from Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada as part of their Safe Kids Initiative, which has made response to the escalation in gender-based violence during COVID-19 a key priority.