Education and Consulting

Sex Worker Inclusion

Emily is experienced in offfering support to organizations, agencies and research teams working toward inclusive practices with sex worker populations. Consulting services often include:

  • Program inclusion audits;
  • Policy inclusion audits;
  • Ethical data collection with sex workers;
  • Program development;
  • Case consultations;
  • Sex work competency education.
2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion

Through her work in leadership roles within 2SLGBTQ non-profits, research projects, and communities, Emily has extensive experience offering support to organizations, agencies, and research teams working toward 2SLGBTQ inclusive practices. Consulting services often include:

  • Program inclusion audits;
  • Policy inclusion audits;
  • Review of inclusive workplace practices with 2SLGBTQ+ staff;
  • Ethical data collection with 2SLGBTQ+ communities;
  • Program development;
  • Case consultations;
  • Gender and sexuality education for staff and management.

Sex (Work) Positive Practice

This workshop is intended for human service agencies and organizations. Workshops can be curated to the needs of the demographics being served and services being provided.

This workshop brings to attention the ways human service providers are (often unintentionally) complicit in oppressive systems that affect sex workers ability to access services. Attendees will be encouraged to look critically at practice ethics, including the harm caused by mandated reporting practices that disproportionately target and harm sex workers and in particular BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) and queer sex workers. By drawing attention to these inequalities within service provision, practitioners will leave as stronger advocates for the people they serve.

This workshop is commonly requested by:

  • Clinical and medical social workers;
  • Child protection workers;
  • Residential youth care workers;
  • Nurses, medical professionals, and medical doctors;
  • Sexual health educators;
  • Mental health professionals;
  • Law enforcement, parole/probation officers, corrections.

Topics covered (but not limited to):

  • Differentiating sex trafficking and sex work;
  • The roots of whorephobia and anti-sex work rhetoric;
  • Ethical practice with sex workers;
  • Harm reduction with street based and full service sex workers;
  • Intersectionality within sex work;
  • Sex work and state agents/agencies;
  • Decriminalization of sex work (but not sex trafficking);
  • Sex work policies and legislation at a municipal, provincial, and federal level;
  • Sex work positive social media practices.

To inquire about this workshop and how it can be customized to your agency or organization’s needs, please email emily@arohapcc.ca

What Others Think of this Workshop

“Emily is an engaging, and knowledgeable facilitator who has the ability to share about what could be a very uncomfortable topic in a way that feels very comfortable and safe. I appreciated the way that Emily centered the experiences of sex workers through an intersectional and trauma informed lens.  She offered new insight into how we can create safer and more inclusive spaces in our communities and services for both sex workers and those who engage with their services. I left with practical knowledge that will help me become a better, more well-rounded sex educator (and ally).”

-Robin Hilton, Sexual Health Outreach Coordinator, University of Regina Students Union

Gender and Sexuality Inclusion

This workshop addresses the ways in which gender and sexually diverse people experience discrimination within the workplace, human service agencies and any agency, organization or business. Attendees will learn ways to create more inclusive spaces for gender and sexually diverse people seeking out their products or services. This workshop also brings to attention the systemic and institutional ways that human service providers are complicit in oppression that affects the gender and sexually diverse community, in particular those who are trans. By drawing attention to these inequalities within service provision, practitioners become stronger advocates for the people they serve.This workshops is commonly requested by:

  • Educators;
  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Clinical and medical social workers;
  • Child protection workers;
  • Residential youth care workers;
  • Nurses, medical professionals, and medical doctors;
  • Mental health professionals;
  • Law enforcement, parole/probation officers, corrections

Topics covered (but not limited to):

  • History of LGBT movements;
  • Defining queer identities;
  • Gender vs sexuality vs expression;
  • Challenging biological sex;
  • Challenging heteronormativity and cisnormativity;
  • Intersectionality within the gender and sexually diverse community;
  • Systemic barriers;
  • Queer inclusion in practice;
  • Creating queer and trans inclusive intake and data collection practices;
  • Judgement free question and answer session.

To inquire about this workshop and how it can be customized to your agency, organization, or business’s needs, please email hello@arohapcc.ca.

    Queering Addictions Treatment

      This workshop, co-facilitated Emily Ritenburg and Mel Burdon, will trace the heteronormative and anti-queer history of traditional addictions treatment. Facilitators will discuss common experiences of queer and trans people who are substance users, unique barriers they face in seeking treatment, and how the history of traditional addictions treatment has impacted the care queer and trans people receive today. Attendees will leave with new perspectives on addictions treatment and strategies to better include queer and trans people within addictions service provision.

      Topics covered (but not limited to):

      • History of Alcoholics Anonymous and the embedded queerphobia and heteronormativity;
      • History of substance use in queer spaces, its relevance today;
      • Barriers queer and trans substances users experience when accesses treatment;
      • Harm reduction strategies for queer and trans substance users;
      • Queering treatment plans and spaces;
      • Creating queer and trans inclusive intake and data collection practices.

      This workshop is commonly requested by:

      • Organizations that serve people who use substances;
      • Addictions counsellors;
      • Clinical and medical social workers;
      • Mental health professionals;
      • Healthcare professionals.

      To inquire about this workshop and how it can be customized to your agency or organization’s needs, please email hello@arohapcc.ca