Workshops & Training


Portugal presentationUnderstanding Sexual Offending Behaviour and Intellectual Disabilities

Understanding and evaluating people who sexually offend is often a dilemma for those supporting people with intellectual disabilities. In fact, agencies, support staff, clinicians and sector professionals involved in the day-to-day interactions are often at a crossroads as to what they should be doing. This interactive workshop will explore problems that staff and agencies are faced with and develop strategies and solutions through the use of case studies and examples provided by the facilitators.


Bio-Psycho-Social Approaches to Challenging Sexual Behaviour

The biopsychosocial (BPS) approach allows clinicians and researchers to understand how an individual’s biological (e.g., genetic), psychological (e.g., emotions and behaviours), and sociocultural (e.g., peers, sex education) influences dynamically act together. This interactive workshop will apply a BPS approach to assessing challenging or inappropriate sexual behaviour in individuals with developmental disabilities and will teach participants how to do a BPS assessment. Specific assessment tools will be discussed, as well as case examples of how to conduct a BPS assessment. The presentation will conclude with BPS recommendations for the treatment or prevention of challenging sexual behaviour.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Biopsychosocial Approaches

In this interactive workshop, participants will be sensitized to the biological (including neurological), psychological, and social influences on individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Attendees will understand how prenatal exposure to alcohol affects the developing baby and results in lifelong challenges. Participants will learn the link between primary neuropsychological deficits and secondary disabilities, such as mental health issues, inappropriate sexual behaviour, and problems with the law. Finally, Participants will be sensitized to how having a child with FASD affects the family as well as the community at large, but how with proper supports, challenges can be minimized.



Training the Trainer Abuse Awareness Certificate

This two-day comprehensive training is offered to developmental service agencies and entities across Ontario. Operating since 2012, this specialized training opportunity ensures that agencies are in compliance with Quality Assurance Measures, Regulation 299/10. Trainers will be able to provide the mandated annualized training on abuse awareness, reporting and prevention through a comprehensive program designed specifically around developmental services and the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities. After two days of intensive training, participants will become certified trainers through DS Consulting. This certification allows trainers to utilize the materials set out by DS Consulting. The trainers have been working in the area of abuse prevention for a number of years.


Social & Sexual Assessment Training

A training opportunity is offered for those clinicians who have an interest and work in the area of assessing the sexual knowledge and attitudes of individuals who have intellectual disabilities. This one-day workshop focuses on a standardized tool called the Social Sexual Knowledge and Attitude Tool – Revised (SSKAAT-R). A comprehensive look at the sexual issues that are often apparent for people with intellectual disabilities who may or may not have a mental health diagnosis, genetic syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder, or Autism Spectrum disorder is explored.

Through the use of theory, case studies, practical application, and clinical report writing, this workshop will give the participants a wealth of knowledge around the sexual problems and issues experienced by people with intellectual disabilities. In addition, participants will be able to assess sexual knowledge and attitudes of clients through the use of the Social Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Tool – Revised.


Socio-Sexual Training for Front Line Support Staff

Support staff want to do the right thing when it comes to supporting people with intellectual disabilities in developing healthy sexual relationships. The promotion of social skills and knowledge of human sexuality is key to people building relationships. Through the use of case studies and the exploration of agency policies and procedures, and understanding basic human rights, support staff will leave this workshop feeling confident about supporting people in building relationships and increasing sexual knowledge.

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