Building Supports is designed to enhance the capacity, practices and policies of transition house staff and management to better support immigrant and refugee women leaving violence. Participants will gain an understanding of promising practices and policies that can enhance current transition house service delivery and ensure that they are culturally safe and relevant.

Pre-requisite: Foundations in Violence Against Women v2.0

Full member fee: $60.00 CDN
Associate member fee: $90.00 CDN

 Non-member fee: $125.00 CDN


BC Society of Transition Houses

The BC Society of Transition Houses develops and delivers online and in-person training tailored to the needs of anti-violence workers who work directly with women, children and youth experiencing violence.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Unit 1: The Need For Culturally Safe and Equitable Transition Houses

  • 3

    Unit 2: Understanding Cultural Safety

    • Who Are Immigrant and Refugee Women?

    • The Danger of a Single Story - Chimamanda Adichie

    • Reflection: The Danger of a Single Story

    • Immigration and Colonialization

    • Culturally Responsive Approaches

    • Reflecting on Your Current Practice Approaches

    • What is Cultural Safety?

    • Key Aspects of Cultural Safety

    • Privilege and Power

    • Equity vs. Equality

    • Broadening Our Lens

    • Cultural Safety Assessment

  • 4

    Unit 3: Promising Practices: Promising Approaches

    • Introduction to Promising Practices

    • Practice Self-awareness

    • Practice Tips: Self-Reflection

    • Building Trust and Credibility

    • Reflection: Building Trust

    • Practice Tips: Conducting a First Meeting or Intake

    • Creating Safety

    • Creating Cultural and Physical Safety

    • Reflection: Creating Safety

    • Practice Tips: Support and Safety Planning

    • Ensuring Equity in Access

    • Reflection: Ensuring Equity

    • Be Responsive and Flexible

    • Make Services and Information Accessible

    • Provide Interpretation

    • Boundaries & Worker Safety

    • Practice Tips: Information and Referrals

    • Recognizing Women's Pre-arrival Experiences

    • Provide Outreach, Advocacy and Accompaniment

    • Outreach, Advocacy and Accompaniment in Practice

    • Case Study #1

  • 5

    Unit 4: Navigating Complex Legal Systems

    • Complex Legal Systems

    • Legal Issues Impacting Immigrant and Refugee Women

    • Important Legal Resources and Information

    • Activity: Power and Control Wheel

    • Lawyers Responses that Empower Immigrant Women Leaving Violence

    • Navigating a Complex Legal System and How to Keep Women Safe

    • Case Study #2

  • 6

    Unit 5: Conflict Resolution and Education

    • Conflict Resolution and Education

    • What Does Conflict Resolution Look Like in Practice?

    • Guidelines to Resolving Conflict Situations

    • Handling the Discussion

    • ​ What If I Make a Mistake?

    • Conflict resolution: Resources

  • 7

    Unit 6: Promising Practices: Organizational Approaches

    • Foster Cross-sector Support and Collaboration

    • Cross-sectoral support and collaboration: What does it look like in practice?

    • Encourage Staff Development

    • Raise Awareness

    • Six Key Factors for Effective Awareness Raising

    • Engage Community

    • Work with Men

  • 8

    Unit 7: Implementing Culturally Safe Promising Practices

    • How to implement promising practices

    • Making an Action Plan

    • Try it out!

    • Addressing Challenges

    • Additional Resources For Action Planning

    • Final Reflection

  • 9


    • Building Support Practice Guide

    • Sample Intake Form in Different Languages

    • Legal Information

    • BCSTH Policy Template Guide

  • 10

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback