For Professionals

Selected online learning resources related to responding to child abuse, trauma, sexual violence and exploitation, and more.

Training topics for professionals who respond to child abuse

Free Canadian online training webinars for multidisciplinary professionals, hosted by BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (Toronto, ON).

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Free series of live and archived expert webinar lectures for multidisciplinary professionals who respond to child abuse.

Visit: EduNet

Free online education resources for multidisciplinary professionals from the National Children’s Advocacy Centre.

Visit: Online Training Catalog

This podcast from the National Children’s Alliance focuses on “engaging the brightest minds working to solve one of the world’s toughest challenges—child abuse. Join us for conversations with leading experts on science, law, medicine, morality, and messaging.”

Visit: One in Ten Podcast
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This e-learning program is for anyone in a child serving organization or who interacts in a formal role with children and youth who may have been exposed to maltreatment. Developed by the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. Free, registration required.

VisitBeing Trauma Aware

This webinar helps participants learn how to use a trauma-informed perspective to better understand the relational, neurobiological and developmental impact of trauma on children and youth. The webinar helps participants to understand the patterns of children’s behaviour and to learn some practical tools to begin helping children to manage those behaviours. Created by New Directions in association with the Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre. Free, registration required.

(French closed captioning and ASL translation available)

VisitMaking Sense of Trauma

Information and resources on trauma and trauma-informed care, from IWK Health’s Trauma Informed Care team.

VisitYour Experiences Matter

This webinar series was developed by IWK Health’s Trauma Informed Care team in response to the anniversary of the mass tragedy in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th, 2020. Developed with educators in mind, it includes information on supporting a child after a traumatic event.

Topics include:

Visit: IWK Health – Coping with Tragedy 

Online education resources for multidisciplinary professionals about trauma from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

VisitNCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma

Sexual violence

Online training about sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it. Designed for service providers, friends, family members, neighbours, teachers, first responders, counselors, and anyone who is acting as a support person, or is concerned about sexual violence.

VisitSupporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

Professionals who work in the school setting are in a unique position to help lessen the effects of trauma students experience because of the regular and ongoing contact they have throughout the year. The goal of this course series from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is to help teachers and other school-based professionals gain a better understanding of child sexual abuse (CSA) and their role in supporting children who have experienced it by incorporating trauma-informed practices in the classroom.

This course is designed for teachers to learn how to:

  • Implement practical, trauma-informed techniques within their classrooms.
  • Recognize and cultivate resiliency within their students.
  • Create a personal plan for self-care.

Available in the Free Courses: Understanding Trauma and Sexual Violence section of the NSVRC Campus website. Requires creation of a free account.

Visit: NSVRC Campus: One Caring Adult

Commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking

Compiled by YWCA Halifax, this resource directory is intended for anyone working with, or caring for children and youth in Nova Scotia who are at-risk, entrenched or
exiting the sex trade.

Visit: TESS Resource Directory

This toolkit, compiled by the National Children’s Alliance, represents the collected resources of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement to respond to the complex needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC).

Visit: Child Sexual Exploitation Resource Toolkit

Child sexual abuse material/images

This toolkit, compiled by the National Children’s Alliance, represents the collected resources of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement to respond to the complex needs of victims of child abuse images, also known as abusive images, child sexual abuse material, or child pornography. 

Visit: Child Sexual Abuse Material Resource Toolkit

Youth with problematic sexual behaviours

Resources and best practices on working with youth and children with problematic sexual behaviours, from the National Children’s Alliance.

Visit: Addressing Youth and Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors