Here are two workshops organized by the OCIC entitled “Personal Security: to build an individual’s security capacity when working in risk prone environments”

Upcoming Workshops

Registration for the following workshops is now open:

Personal Security: to build an individual’s security capacity when working in risk prone environments
Toronto, ON – October 4-5, 2012
Ottawa, ON – October 23-24, 2012

Development workers need to have a good understanding of security to be able to operate in adverse and insecure environments. The course is aimed at enhancing the ability of staff, interns, volunteers and partners of NGOs to perform their role safely and effectively in the field. Participants will have opportunity to broaden their knowledge and acquire or enhance their skills in different aspects of personal security.

This intensive two-day module incorporates the Interaction and worldwide standard approach to managing risks, with special emphasis on security within the development and humanitarian sectors.

Issues to be covered include:
• Contingency Planning
• Vehicle Travel
• Urban Insecurity
• Incident Reporting and Incident Analysis
• Abduction
• Stress Management
• Risks, Threats and our Vulnerability
• Defusing Anger
• Sexual Violence
• Acceptance Strategy

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the training participants will be able to
• Describe measures to reduce their vulnerability
• Understand their responsibilities
• Carry out a personal Context Assessment
• Complete incident reports
• Be aware of the dangers of mine fields, cross fire, vehicle travel
• Understand different security strategies
• Understand the risks related to stress

This training will be facilitated by Jeff Eames, Chair of TARA International, in Canada. Jeff is an experienced and accredited trainer and independent consultant to Humanitarian Agencies, with over five decades of development experience.

TARA International is a not-for-profit association of international NGO trainers whose primary task is to deliver high quality training for humanitarian aid workers, government employees, staff from funding agencies, and personnel with an interest in the humanitarian sector. TARA training methodology identifies training needs and builds on the competencies and life experience of participants. The training is delivered using a variety of training methodologies, lectures, group work, presentations, participatory exercises, videos, case studies, role-play and focused discussion.

Registration Fees:
OCIC Member Organization / Associate Member / Network-Institutional Member – $200
Non-Member – $275

To Register:
Complete and return the attached form with your cheque payable to OCIC to:
Ontario Council for International Cooperation
344 Bloor Street West, Suite 209
Toronto ON M5S 3A7
Click here to download a registration form.

Toronto, ON – October 4-5, 2012
The Toronto workshop will be held at Volunteer Toronto (344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404, Toronto, ON M5S 3A7) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Ottawa, ON – October 23-24, 2012
This Ottawa workshop will be held at Oxfam Canada (39 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1L 8L7) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Registration will be limited to 20 participants. Registration fees cover the costs of all materials, fair trade breaks and a nutritious lunch. Refunds will not be provided to organizations or individuals that contact OCIC less than two business days prior to the training to cancel.

Travel subsidies:
Partial travel subsidies of up to $50 are available upon request to OCIC Member Organizations in good standing that must travel a long distance to attend. Subsidies will help to support economy class travel by bus or rail (or the equivalent in mileage) for one delegate of each Member Organization in good standing, and will be paid upon submission of original receipts. Members are required to apply for this subsidy in advance of the workshop. Click here to download the application form.

For more information:
Contact Lisa at / 416.972.6303