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Canadian Public Health Association

Workshops on reducing STBBI-related stigma

Since 2014, in collaboration with the Centre for Sexuality, CPHA developed the content for four workshops focused on equipping frontline health and social service providers with the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to provide safer, more inclusive and ultimately less stigmatizing sexual health, harm reduction and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI)-related services. The workshops are founded on adult education principles and promising practices in stigma reduction, and were pilot tested across the country to ensure their relevance and utility to a broad range of health and social service providers in Canada.

The turnkey workshop resources, including a facilitation manual, a participant workbook and the presentation slides, can help you facilitate a training session in your community.

To access the resources to help you facilitate a training session in your community, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. 

Exploring STBBIs Workshop

Exploring STBBIs and stigma: An introductory workshop for health and social service providers 
During this introductory workshop, participants will explore stigma, the multiple factors that contribute to stigma, and the potential impacts of stigma on clients as well as public health interventions. In addition, this workshop will focus on strategies that can be employed at both practice and organizational levels to foster change and ultimately create more welcoming and inclusive environments for clients.

Exploring STBBIs Beyond Basics

Moving beyond the basics: An advanced workshop about sexual health, substance use, STBBIs and stigma 
This advanced workshop is designed for service providers currently working in harm reduction, sexual health or STBBI-related services. During this workshop, participants will explore the multiple factors that contribute to STBBI-related stigma and the potential impacts of stigma on clients, as well as public health interventions. Participants will have an opportunity to enhance their skills in discussing sexuality, substance use and STBBIs with their clients and will be provided with several strategies and tools that can be employed to mitigate stigma within their practice.

Exploring STBBIs Stigma

Challenging organizational stigma: Providing safer and more inclusive sexual health, harm reduction and STBBI-related services 
During this interactive workshop, intended for frontline health and social service providers, program managers and administrators, participants will critically analyze the policies, practices and culture of their own organization and will assess the strengths and challenges faced by their organizations in providing harm reduction, sexual health and STBBI-related services that are less stigmatizing. Participants can expect to work through various tools in order to develop strategies that can be used to address stigma and discrimination within their workplaces.

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Reducing stigma through trauma- and violence- informed care (TVIC)
In this workshop for frontline health and social service providers, participants will explore how experiences of trauma and stigma can impact service users’ health and well-being as well as access to health and social services. Through discussion and interactive activities, participants will explore the principles of trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC), and learn to employ this approach within their practice to challenge the stigma associated with STBBIs, sexuality, and substance use. Participants will gain practical tools and skills to integrate TVIC into their interactions with service users, and into the policies and practices of their organizations in order to contribute to safer and more inclusive sexual health, harm reduction and STBBI-related services. 


For information and support to help you facilitate a training session in your community, please access the short online module, Facilitating adult learning: Addressing stigma related to STBBIs. Once you have completed the online module, you may access the workshop resources. Complete the form below to request access to the workshop resources, attaching your certificate of completion from the online course.

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