The Family Violence Prevention Training is implemented by the Community Education team at Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services at the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory for any individual wishing to learn about the devastating effects of family violence utilizing a holistic, traditional Onkwehonwe (First Nations) training model.
The training has grown and evolved over the last 20 years. First implemented in 1992, this training was initially designed as training for staff, board and individuals wishing to volunteer at Ganohkwasra. The training was revamped in 2005 because Ganohkwasra recognized the interest and need in the community for family violence education. Since that time, the training has been opened up to anyone interested in taking the training. Individuals that have taken the training in the past have consisted of Social Workers, Police Officers, various individuals working in the helping field, ECE workers, Teachers, high school and post secondary students and community members wishing to volunteer. Individuals take the training for many reasons and for some it is not only for professional growth but also personal growth. No matter what our profession or role is in life, we are all touched by family violence in some form or fashion.
The Family Violence Prevention Training is a 50 hour community education program for any individual, ages 16 and older, with an interest in traditional Onkwehonwe (First Nations) and/or contemporary mainstream approaches to helping and healing from the devastating effects of family violence. The training consists of 14 modules. Participants increase their awareness of the dynamics of family violence and helping approaches currently utilized by Counsellors at Ganohkwasra. Participants increase their awareness of family violence issues through interactive experiences, videos, group work, lectures, discussion and self-reflection. Each session will address educational information, traditional perspectives, tools, and issues and feelings related to the topic.
Individuals can register for our training online or by calling in to our main number. We ensure that interested participants are aware that this training is intended for educational purposes and not to be thought of as therapeutic counselling. The maximum participants for the training are 30 and we consistently have a waiting list.
The Family Violence Prevention Training is successful because as Onkwehonwe (First Nations) people we must be given the opportunity to learn where our people have come from in order to understand what has contributed to our present realities as individuals, families and communities. We must be provided with the support to rejoice in the events that call for celebration and the safety to grieve the events that have caused us pain and loss. We need to learn how to pull the strength, knowledge and tools of our past, into the present for the benefit of the future generations.
Feedback from participants is always positive. We believe that individuals who take this training are not only ambassadors of Ganohkwasra by way of learning about our programs and services but also to promote Ganohkwasra (love among us in the Cayuga language) to their family, friends, co-workers, etc.