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Training and Education

Living in Community offers a variety of workshops to increase knowledge about sex work with a view to improving services and supports for sex workers and to reduce community conflict about the presence of sex work.


Curriculum for Change

Curriculum for Change is a 3.5 hour workshop for individuals who provide services to sex workers or whose work duties or life circumstances bring them into contact with sex workers. The training examines individual, organizational and societal beliefs, values and understandings of sex work, and how these impact the delivery of support services and also sex workers' access to services.

Through the workshop participants:

  • Develop an awareness of the diversity & complexity of sex work
  • Identify individual and cultural values, beliefs and stereotypes in regard to sex work and sex workers
  • Assess organizations’ accessibility for sex workers
  • Acquire and demonstrate tangible skills to meet the needs of sex workers when accessing services

We tailor the training to the specific needs of your organization or group or, you may wish to request specialized training.


Sex Work Stigma Train the Trainer

The Sex Work Stigma Train the Trainer will teach you how to use Living in Community’s Stigma Video and Facilitator’s Guide to lead a discussion group about the ways that stigma presents barriers to sex workers’ full participation as citizens and access to services.

 Living in Community’s ‘Sex Work Stigma Hurts’video highlights some of the ways that the stigma surrounding sex work negatively impacts the lives of individuals who sell sexual services. The video was developed with the assistance and input of diverse sex workers and it is their lived experience that informs the stories told. This training will support you to lead a discussion about the impacts of stigma and provides evidence-based information to correct some of the misinformation that contributes to sex work stigma. It also provides a foundation to facilitate a discussion about how to mitigate stigma and reduce the barriers that sex workers experience.

 It is recommended that individuals complete Curriculum for Change prior to taking the stigma training.

Specialized Training

Health providers, social services staff, victim services, police, municipalities, and businesses among others have unique needs when providing services or interacting with sex workers, or addressing sex work-related issues in communities. Living in Community offers specialized training for groups and organizations that are designed to meet the specific needs of the organization to support sex worker health, safety, human rights and inclusion. Topics include Organizational AccessibilityAudit; Sex Work and the Law; Supporting Participation of Marginalized People; Sex Work and Feminism; Sex Work and Housing/Shelter Policy; Sex Work and Sexual Assault. Contact us for more options or to request a quote for specialized training.