COPA’s Violence Prevention Programs
Important attention is now being paid to the impact of violence against children and between children (bullying, for example) and the significance of prevention and early intervention to ensure the healthy emotional, psychological and intellectual development of children. Preventing violence against children — which results in significant consequences for victims and their families — is now recognized as pivotal to this endeavour.
COPA's Whole-School Programs and Workshops
COPA offers a variety of whole-school programs and workshops, each one oriented to different age groups or focusing on different issues:
- COPA's core violence prevention program is the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project (or Le Projet ESPACE in French)
- COPA's anti-bullying program is Adults and Children Together (ACT) (or Agir ensemble, in French). It is formally endorsed by the Ontario Ministry of Education. ACT is offered after the foundational CAPP program.
- COPA's core violence prevention program for intermediary and secondary students focusing on healthy gender relationships is Courage 7 & 8 and Courage High School
- COPA's workshop designed to introduce the concept of equity and inclusion for staff OR students is Change Our World*
- COPA's interactive workshop designed for staff or students who are committed to deepening their understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion, and becoming a leader and ally is Allies in Action*
- COPA's bullying prevention and intervention program for school staff is The Power to Change*
*These workshops can be offered board wide (ie. students or staff come together from different schools across the board),
COPA Programs are:
COPA's programs and workshops have many unique characteristics.They are based on the concept of fostering the empowerment of those who are vulnerable to assault by helping them develop problem-solving skills and community networks of support.
Our programs and workshops students and adults centre on capacity-building, and provide a roster of resources that are adaptable to various contexts, such as rural and urban settings, special needs populations, newcomers to Canada and multicultural communities.
All of our programs utilize pedagogical tools that enable communities to adapt to various rural and urban settings, different socio-economic classes, variations in learning abilities and other social factors.
COPA's programs and workshops are offered in small groups (usually by class for students or, for adults, in groups of 25-30), utilizing role-plays, games, discussions and one-on-one interactive time, with the goal of facilitating problem-solving tools that can be applied in a wide variety of difficult and/or dangerous situations. COPA's Educators are trained by certified Trainers, who are in turn certified following a thorough apprenticeship period adapted to the particular program being offered.
COPA’s programs and workshops are extremely well-received by student and adult groups, throughout the province, consistently receiving high satisfaction rates. All components of COPA's programming reflect careful conceptualization, design and implementation and ongoing revision and updates.
...premised on "Tools not Rules"
The goal underlying our programs is summed up in COPA's simple phrase: “Tools, not Rules”.
Programs and workshops are designed to facilitate problem-solving and critical thinking skills and help participants develop their ability to prevent and manage conflict with freedom, dignity and support.
Our motto, Safe, Strong and Free reflects the guiding principles upon which all of our programs are built. Our aim is to recognize children's rights and facilitate the empowerment of participants, and to encourage communities to take collective ownership of the problem of violence and violence prevention.
...designed to provide new skills and information
All programs and workshops are designed to enhance participants’ ability to identify and respond to abusive or potentially dangerous situations. They are interactive, emphasizing skill development and peer and adult support. Programs and workshops bring new skills and information to communities requiring strategies to deal with issues that typically leave them feeling powerless and vulnerable. Building self-esteem and skills, peer support and adult/community support are the building blocks of our programming.
...feminist and anti-oppression analysis embedded
We recognize that violence has complex causes, and that our abilities to avoid, prevent and deal with aggression can be influenced by social and individual factors related to isolation, dependence and lack of information, factors exacerbated by language, gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, ability, for example.
COPA's programs and workshps are informed by this analysis and are supported by learning tools designed by COPA.
Learning activities are positive, participatory and respectful of participants’ varying needs.