Harassment/Sexual Harassment Training

BCPSEA offers a variety of harassment training programs to assist school districts in the administration of Article E.2 of the Provincial Collective Agreement between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association.

These training programs are designed to provide districts with appropriately trained individuals in order to satisfy the requirements of the Provincial Collective Agreement, Article E.2 Harassment/Sexual Harassment and WorkSafe BC Bullying and Harassment. While these programs focus on the provisions of the teacher agreement, the concepts and skills are also useful to individuals with management responsibility for support staff.

An overview of each of the training programs follows the schedule set out below.

Workshops Offered


Online Awareness and Prevention of Harassment Training

BCPSEA offers the following e-learning opportunity.

Developed in conjunction with Open School BC, Awareness and Prevention of Harassment will provide participants with a better understanding of what harassment is, what actions and behaviours might be considered harassment, and what employees can do if they believe they’ve been harassed. This one-hour program, available only to BC public school employees, covers key harassment legislation and policy; it also includes sample scenarios, as well as a simulated harassment case in video format.

Awareness and Prevention of Harassment online can be accessed here

Harassment Awareness Training - Train the Trainer

This is a one day workshop that provides individuals with the knowledge and materials to present a Harassment Awareness Program of 1.5 to 2 hours in length.  It is not necessary that the same individual be trained for both awareness and harassment investigation, but many districts have found this to be a useful combination.  As well, many districts have have chosen to make this training a joint venture with their local teachers' association and, in some cases, their support staff union.  While we leave the selection of trainers to your discretion, we do suggest that you have two individuals who can deliver the awareness program together and that at least one of them be a management employee.  You may wish to discuss the joint training option with your local teachers' association president.

Vancouver

When: TBA
Where: BC Public School Employers’ Association
400-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 4C1
Tel: 604.730.0739
Cost: $275 + GST
Prerequisite:  None
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Intensive Harassment Investigator Training (New)

This program approaches the investigation of harassment complaints from a number of perspectives — the employer’s responsibilities under the collective agreement and Human Rights Act, the essential elements of a fair and thorough investigation, and the role of educational leaders in dealing with harassment matters. There is a significant focus on report writing; we include direction on report structure, content and reasoning, and identify common mistakes made by investigators. The program will also include an update on outstanding issues, recent decisions, and the Dorsey report disclosure process.

This workshop is very hands-on and will focus on skill development in the critical areas of assessing credibility, dealing with conflicting evidence or testimony and finding ways to corroborate or refute allegations in the absence of witnesses and/or where the stories conflict.

Candidates selected should have good judgement, be seen as balanced in their thinking and have sufficient profile in the district to be able to make hard decisions. Moreover, as noted above, candidates should have attended either awareness training or a Train-the-Trainer program before attending this training. 

Vancouver

When: TBA
Where: BC Public School Employers’ Association
400-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 4C1
Tel: 604.730.0739
Cost: $550 + GST
Prerequisite:  None
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Questions

If you have any questions concerning these training opportunities, please contact Sue Ferguson at suef@bcpsea.bc.ca or 604.730.4502. For questions regarding logistics of the workshops, please contact Chanelle Mendoza at chanellem@bcpsea.bc.ca or 604.730.4503.

In addition to the scheduled workshops offered above, other sessions may be scheduled at a later time if there is an identified need. We are prepared to offer this training in other regions of the province if requested and if there is sufficient participation to meet our expenses. BCPSEA will also offer specifically designed harassment workshops to meet local needs upon request. Please contact Sue Ferguson to request a regional venue or district-specific workshop.

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