7 to 9 February 2017: Sexual and Gender-based Violence: ToT

The training of trainers (ToT) in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)

Copenhagen 7 to 9 February 2017

The training of trainers (ToT) in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) enables participants to conduct the two-day basic training in “Psychosocial support for people affected by SGBV”.

The ToT is a three day training, during which the participants will become better acquainted with the content of the basic training as well as learning how to facilitate the training. The ToT is designed for those training staff and volunteers who already have basic knowledge of psychosocial support and preferably also about SGBV. It builds on IFRC strategic frameworks and strategies and global minimum standards for humanitarian agencies for gender, violence prevention and child protection.

The training provides information about different types of SGBV as well as practical guidance on psychosocial support related to SGBV by volunteers who are already active in psychosocial responses. The focus of the training is on enabling volunteers engaged in the direct response to survivors of SGBV. It provides participants with skills and knowledge on how to handle disclosures of SGBV and how to provide psychosocial support to people affected by SGBV.

The training gives participants insight into aspects of the psychosocial impact of SGBV, while orienting them to possible psychosocial support activities as well as how to handle disclosures, issues of confidentiality, informed consent and safe referrals.

This training uses a survivor-centred approach: Everything begins with the experiences of the survivor. These experiences determine the needs and the needs determine the services required.
Most cases of SGBV are sadly not reported because people are fearful of the negative consequences of a disclosure. The principle of ‘do no harm’ is crucial in guiding good practice in the psychosocial support of survivors of SGBV. It means that the person disclosing SGBV and others involved (e.g. the survivor’s family or the person the survivor discloses to) are not put at further risk of harm. The safety of the survivor is prioritized and confidentiality should be maintained at all times.

The training uses a participatory approach promoting interaction and engagement in the learning process. The role of the facilitator is therefore to encourage participation without being judgemental and by listening with interest and empathy to help the participants to tap into their own abilities and experiences.

Content of the training

Through a participatory approach, this training will familiarise participants with the SGBV training kit and covers the following subjects:

  • Facilitation techniques
  • Special concerns when facilitating training about SGBV
  • Understand the differences between sex and gender
  • Define sexual and gender-based violence
  • Recognize different settings of SGBV (e.g. emergency, conflict, displacement, homes,
    schools, online)
  • Understand the emotional and social consequences of SGBV
  • Identify the psychosocial needs of survivors
  • Understand the basic principles of the work with survivors of SGBV
  • Handle disclosure of SGBV
  • Use basic communication skills for contact with survivors of SGBV
  • Refer people affected by SGBV
  • Identify the psychosocial needs of survivors
  • Provide psychosocial support for survivors of SGBV.
  • Additionally, the training introduces didactic and pedagogical teaching methods, enabling participants to conduct foundation trainings: organizing a training workshop; creating a safe and inclusive learning environment; what makes a good facilitator; different learning styles; facilitation techniques.

Training objective

Participants will become:

  • Familiar with psychological and social reactions, needs and interventions
  • Familiar with a variety of interventions that are sensitive to local circumstances
  • Familiar with facilitation techniques and how to plan a training
    able to plan and adapt a training session and deliver it.

Dates, deadlines and other important information:

The training takes place in Copenhagen on 7 to 9 February 2017 from 9 to 17 all days.

Participants must be able to participate in the entire training, arriving the night before and departing from the training venue no earlier than 5 pm on the last day of training (earliest possible flight from Copenhagen is at 8 pm).

If you have questions, please write to psacademy@rodekors.dk

Deadline for application: 22 November 2016

Please note that we only accept applications submitted through the online system: Click here to go to the online registration form
Please identify the specific visa requirements for your country here:
The PS Centre is only able to provide limited support for visa application (letter of invitation etc.), and can only do so for applicants who meet the 22 November application deadline.

Target group and required qualifications

Red Cross Red Crescent key staff and volunteers working with psychosocial support, protection, gender, inclusion and diversity. Participants should have in depth understanding of psychosocial support, practical field experience and must have participated a Community-based psychosocial support training or equivalent. As a ToT it is expected that participants are used to facilitating trainings in their National Society in psychosocial topics.

The training is in English, and fluency in English is an absolute requirement as participants are expected to participate actively in the training.


Participants must cover and arrange their own expenses for travel, accommodation, meals and per diem. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training. There is no training fee.


The required pre-reading must be completed before the start of the training, so each participant must dedicate up to a full day of preparation before the training.

Psychosocial support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence – training manual

Community-based psychosocial support: Participant’s book

Unseen Unheard: Gender-based violence in disasters

IFRC Child protection policy (Require’s access to IFRC Fednet)

Minimum standard commitments to gender and diversity in emergency programming