Workshops

As part of our educational initiatives, we offer workshops for students, faculty, and staff to raise awareness about sexual violence and consent and to provide tools and methods to equip people on how to interrupt potentially harmful situations and how to support survivors.

Students will have the opportunity to receive recognition on their co-curricular record. To learn more about the workshops and register, visit myInvolvement or contact bianca.tetrault [at] mcgill.ca (Bianca Tétrault).

How to Respond to Disclosures

During this 2-hour interactive workshop, you will learn about the prevalence of sexual violence at universities and beyond and about the various impacts that sexual violence can have on a survivor and their support system. You will learn how to use the appropriate tools and approaches to support people affected by sexual violence. You will have the opportunity to practice your response skills through group activities and case scenarios. The workshop will also discuss common misconceptions about sexual violence that may affect one's ability to effectively respond to disclosures. You will learn about the different support resources available on campus and in the community. This workshop is available for all members of the McGill community.

For a list of upcoming workshops, please visit our myInvolvement page.

Becoming an Active Bystander

This 1.5-hour, peer-facilitated, interactive workshop is designed to teach participants to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations and to respond compassionately to those affected by sexual violence. By working through scenarios and role-playing responses, participants will be able to build on their strengths and learn new techniques in order to become Active Bystanders. This workshop empowers community members to act responsibly and with accountability in order to reduce incidents of sexual violence.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify harmful social behaviors and situations along a continuum that perpetuates sexual violence

  • Draw on relevant techniques and strengths to interrupt potentially harmful situations

  • Effectively respond to and support a person affected by sexual violence

Please note that though this workshop was initially developed in collaboration with Student Services and Residence Life for students, and it can be adapted for faculty and staff.

What is a bystander?

A bystander is anyone who is a witness to an act or a situation but it not the person towards whom the act or situation is directed. The term refers to anyone who is in a position to intervene.

  • A Passive Bystander chooses not to interrupt or intervene. There are several reasons why someone would choose not to do anything. This could be due to external pressures, not knowing what to do, concern for personal safety, or an inability to recognise a situation as harmful.

  • An Active Bystander takes the initiative to help in situations of concern and makes a positive difference. There are three main opportunities for an Active Bystander to make a difference: before a situation unfolds (by educating peers, not conforming with harmful social norms, making sure friends are safe etc.), during a situation, or after a situation unfolds (by supporting the person[s] affected by the harmful act[s]).

For a list of upcoming workshops, please visit our myInvolvement page

Substance use and sex

Combining alcohol, substance and sex is a reality that many members of our community will navigate at some point in their university career. Using a harm-reduction and sex positive approach, this free  1.5 hour peer-facilitated workshop, provides participants with an understanding of how alcohol and substances affect the body and one’s ability to give and receive consent, how to engage in healthy sexual community, and debunk common misconceptions about sex and university life to create a healthier community at McGill.

Workshop objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand consent: how it works (verbal, non verbal cues and the rules)

  • Understand the effects alcohol and alcohol has on the body

  • Understand how substance use and consent interact and they ways to check-in with one's self and others when under the influence

  • Understand how misconceptions (alcohol specific) perpetuate harm and hinder access to support/reporting

  • Practice healthy and effective communication when engaging in sexual activities

​Please note that though this workshop was initially developed in collaboration with Student Services and Residence Life for students, and it can be adapted upon request.

PGSS program

Creating Healthier, Supportive Communities: A Psychoeducational Approach to Wellbeing and Sexual Violence Prevention

This psychoeducational program was developed to fill a need for effective, recommended and recognized approaches to reduce sexual violence in our community and support individuals impacted by mental health, trauma and suicide ideation.

In alignment with trauma informed and violence prevention practice, this series of workshops strive to equip participants with the skills and tools required to create healthier, supportive communities.

Workshops include:

  • Healthy Sexual Communication

  • Become an Active Bystander: A Violence Prevention Program

  • Mental Health 101

  • Active Listening

  • How to Respond to and Support Disclosures

  • Suicide Crisis Intervention

  • Advanced practical application module

If you are in a helping profession, engaged in a peer support initiative, or passionate about supporting others this program is for you.

To find out more and to register for an upcoming session, follow the PGSS Events page or contact bianca.tetrault [at] mcgill.ca (subject: PGSS%20Program) (Bianca Tétrault)