PATHS delivers a variety of presentations and training sessions related to interpersonal violence. To inquire about scheduling training, please contact the PATHS office at 306-522-3515 or Jo-Anne Dusel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Crystal Giesbrecht (email@example.com).
The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) is a 13-item risk assessment instrument, to be used with clients to assess the risk that their partner will assault them again. PATHS offers a full-day ODARA training session. Certificates are issued for successful completion.
ODARA 101 online training is also available. ODARA 101 is an online, restricted-access training program designed to allow assessors to obtain domestic violence risk assessment training anytime, anywhere, and at no charge. Over 1000 assessors per year complete the training, which takes 4-6 hours on average. To become certified, learners must score ten test cases to an acceptable level of accuracy.
PATHS partnered with the Waypoint Mental Health Centre to create the new, updated version of ODARA 101. The ODARA is the result of collaboration between the Ontario Provincial Police Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Section and the Research Department at Waypoint Mental Health Centre (Ontario). It is the first empirically developed and validated domestic violence risk assessment tool to assess the risk of future domestic assault, as well as the frequency and severity of future assaults. For all of these reasons, the ODARA is an important part of efforts to promote a coordinated, cross-sector response to violence against women. More information about the ODARA can be found in this article or this book or on this website.
Make it our Business: Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
PATHS staff are certified trainers of the Make It Our Business program, which provides information to engage employers and other workplace stakeholders to prevent workplace domestic violence, to support employees at risk of or currently experiencing domestic violence, and to improve workplace health and safety. We outline how employers, supervisors, managers, human resources professionals, security personnel, union representatives, and co-workers can recognize abusive relationships, respond to domestic violence, and refer victims and abusers to supports that offer help. One-hour and full-day training sessions are available.
Working with Women who have Experienced Violence and Abuse
PATHS offers training on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and abuse, best practices for working with survivors of violence, and the resources available in Saskatchewan. The length of this training can be tailored to fit the needs of your group.
Online Training Modules: Best Practices for Working with Older Adults who Have Experienced Violence and Abuse
These online training modules have been developed for staff of PATHS Member Agencies to provide information on working with older adults who have experienced abuse. The training can be accessed here.
Log-in is required to participate in this training. PATHS member agency staff members may request a user name and password using this link.
Building Best Practices for Saskatchewan Shelters & Services
PATHS offers a full-day training session of domestic violence professionals on promising practices for working with women who have experienced abuse.