COPA’s Prevention Education 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:


*These workshops can be offered to schools or 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 and critical-thinking skills as well as community networks of support.

Our programs and workshops for 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, hard to reach and special needs populations, newcomers to Canada and multicultural communities.

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 and fostering healthy, equal relations and policies.

Learning activities are positive, participatory and respectful of participants’ varying needs.

...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.