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Education/Knowledge Exchange

Education is key to crafting spaces and services that are inclusive, open, and welcoming for all. Our education platform uses a variety of materials, activities, and styles to effectively engage with a wide variety of audiences on topics related to sexual heath, harm reduction, sexual orientation and gender identity. From professional development, to community capacity building, to diversity training for creating a more inclusive space for your clients and customers, we are open to creating and providing the right education session for you.

FOR COMMUNITIES AND PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

Getting It On and Staying Healthy: Do you know what it takes?
Sexual health is an important part of life. As a sex positive organization, we believe all consensual sexual activities are fundamentally healthy and pleasurable. This education session provides the opportunity to explore consent and what safer sex can mean in the context of learning about the transmission of HIV and all STIs. Having knowledge that can help us reduce our risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also helps us to stay well, make informed decisions, and have fun! This workshop is geared towards youth and adults of all ages and we can design workshops to meet the needs of your particular group.

Hepatitis C and Our Communities
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a life-threatening virus that attacks the liver. HCV can cause liver fibrosis or scarring, which may lead to cirrhosis and ultimately liver cancer or death from liver failure. An estimated 220,697 to 245,987 Canadians are living with chronic hepatitis C. That is the equivalent of six to seven people out of every 1,000 Canadians (or 0.6% to 0.7% of the total Canadian population). An estimated 44% of people living with chronic hepatitis C infection are unaware of their status. Hepatitis C can be cured, but no vaccine exists to prevent infection. This education session explores:

  • hepatitis C and how it effects the body
  • activities that can put you at risk for HCV
  • strategies to support people to reduce the risk of HCV
  • the impacts HCV on Prince Edward Island

FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

Creating Safer Spaces: LGBTQ Cultural Competence
Cultural competence is both individual and organizational. For people to be the best they can be, to live and work to their potential, they must be able to freely be who they are at home, in the workplace, when accessing health care and other services, and during recreation. Unlike more visible under-represented populations, gender and sexually diverse (LGBTTIQQ2s+) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying persons supportive of gender and sexually diverse people. This educational session will explore:

  • the changing landscape of the language associated with the diversity of gender and sexuality
  • cultural contexts
  • existing disparities
  • strategies for creating safer and more supportively inclusive spaces

Gay Men's Health and HIV Prevention: It's Different Now
Gay and bisexual men account for 76% of all HIV/AIDS cases in Canada since records started being kept. The reasons for such disproportionate numbers (compared to the general population) are many and complex. As new HIV treatments, prevention strategies and technologies have emerged, we have gained a much greater understanding of the virus as well as the social and environmental factors that contribute to both risk and resiliency. This workshop explores these changes and offers insights into new prevention approaches.

Gender Identity and Client Safety
Navigating the changing world of gender identity and ensuring you are offering gender affirming services can be challenging. Understanding the complex challenges faced by those who are trans, transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming is essential to being able to create services and spaces that are welcoming, appropriate and comfortable for people of all genders. This session offers insight into these challenges and concrete actions to ensure your services are welcoming, appropriate and comfortable for all genders.

COST

Classroom presentations: Free

Professional Development for Health Care providers and Educators: Suggested Donation $100.00

Training of Not -For-Profit: Suggested donation $50.00

Training for Businesses and corporations: Suggested donation $100-$300 depending on time and size of group.

HOW TO BOOK

All trainings must be booked at least a month in advance and are dependent on staff availability.

Please contact PEERS Alliance at 902-566-2437 or contact Cybelle Rieber at director@peersalliance.ca