Training

  • Events in our communities or on-line will be featured as they become available.

  • Attend a webinar for an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programThis is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. The Team Lead and one or two others from the Core Team must take this webinar.

    Date: TBD
    Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST

    This webinar will cover:

    • the history & launch of PSR program
    • Program evolvement over the years
    • PSR as part of global resettlement efforts

    To register for this webinar, a link will be made available here.

    Until a new webinar is scheduled, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here.

  • rstpRSTP offers an online training course called Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program two to three times a year.

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    Managing Expectations in the context of Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR)

    This is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. Every member of the Core Team must attend this webinar or participate in the Resource Kit activities.

    The "Managing Expectations Resource Kit" linked to below can be used at one or two of your Core Team meetings to explore the unidentified expectations within your own sponsorship group.

    Either the webinar or the resource kit will qualify for "Managing Expectations" training.

    Webinar Date: TBD
    Webinar Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

    This RSTP webinar will provide information on how to manage expectations when sponsoring refugees and how to manage the expectations of the refugees being sponsored. Kindly note that case-specific questions cannot be answered during this webinar.

    For registration, a link will be made available here.

    In lieu of the webinar, RSTP's "Managing Expectations Resource Kit" is available for download here.  Video links and Resource Kit Activities only (a duplicate of the activities already found in the Resource Kit) can be accessed through these links.

  • Attend a webinar for an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programThis is one of the webinars that is required training by our SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

    Date: TBD
    Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT

    This webinar will cover:

    • when should sponsors start preparing for the end of sponsorship
    • what to consider when preparing newcomers for the post-sponsorship period
    • services available for sponsored newcomers after the sponsorship period
    • evaluating the sponsorship experience. and
    • the post-sponsorship relationship

    To register for this webinar, a link will be made available here.

    Until a new webinar is scheduled, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here.

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    This is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. The Team Lead must take this webinar, and then communicate the applicable content to the refugee before the Visa Office interview.

    Date: TBD 
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

    The interview with the Canadian visa offices (VO) abroad is the stepping stone towards granting permanent residence status for your sponsored refugees and bringing them to safety in Canada.

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    This is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

    Date: TBD
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

    This webinar will cover:

    • sponsors’ responsibilities
    • connecting with settlement services for newcomers
    • ethical considerations in sponsorship
    • managing expectations
    • power imbalance
    • ethical considerations

    To register for this webinar, a link will be made available here.

    Until a new webinar is scheduled, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here.

  • The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and other settlement agencies host several workshops and webinars throughout the year. Check back here frequently to see what is available.

  • training teacherTraining in the comfort of your own home by qualified RSTP trainers, SAH members, and settlement providers will contribute to your knowledge base of Canada's refugee sponsorship programs.

    Attendance of several regularly featured RSTP webinars or watching a recorded webinar are required by each Core Team as outlined below:

    The following 2 webinars/videos are required by the Team Lead plus one other core team member:

    • Introduction to Canada's Refugee sponsorship Programs
    • The Road from Schedule 2 to "Welcome to Canada": Preparing for Visa Office Interviews

    Required training by each Core Team member:

    • Managing Expectations in the context of Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR)
    • Supporting Settlement and Integration
    • Preparing for Month 13
    • Sponsorship Ethics - 5 minute video
    • Power Imbalance - 3 minute audio

    You will find webinar descriptions and their registration links below if any are currently scheduled. Alternately, recorded videos of previous webinars are available on the RSTP site itself here.

    Along with the webinars/videos, each core team person will:

    • submit the results of a Criminal Record Check to their Team Lead
    • participate in Cross-Cultural Awareness training
    • participate in volunteer screening and orientation as provided by their church. If a church does not already have a volunteer screening program in place, the AGC recommends Plan to Protect Refugee Settlement Information. For churches that already use Plan to Protect, this course will serve as another module to an already comprehensive program.
  • Workshops facilitated by RSTP trainers and other settlement providers occur from time to time in communities across Canada. If there are no workshops listed here, check back again another time. You can also check the RSTP site itself for a listing of current workshops available in our communities.