Morning workshops will run from 10:00-11:30 and afternoon workshops will run from 13:00-14:30. Attendees will be able to choose one morning and one afternoon workshop to attend from the list below. Please indicate which two workshops you would like to attend when you register.

Morning Workshops (10:00-11:30)

HIV Health (presented by Mark Randall, HIV Community Link)


  • shared lived anthropology of HIV/AIDS
  • impacts of initial diagnosis
  • impacts of early medications-clinical trials
  • view of grief, loss, shame, stigmas
  • impact of HAART combination therapy
  • increased understanding of HIV/AIDS today

Sex Work and Harm Reduction (presented by Dominique Denis-Lalone, HIV Community Link, Shift)


  • knowledge of HIV Community Link and Shift programs
  • overview of harm reduction, SDOH, and sex work language
  • updates about the sex industry in Calgary
  • awareness of spectrums and intersections of sex work
  • Canadian sex work research and literature
  • overview of Canadian sex work law and consequences
  • tips for service providers and harm reduction strategies

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Stigma (presented by Dr. Julia Carter, Family Physician and Medical Director of Calgary Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) clinics)


  • understanding current diagnosis and treatment of common STIs
  • understanding the stigma on patients and healthcare providers

Trauma Informed Care (presented by Diana Wark, CSHC)


  • provide an overview of key issues in LGBT health
  • examine the impact of discrimination and stigma on the health of LGBTQ people
  • identify key priorities in LGBTQ health care in Calgary

Afternoon Workshops (13:00-14:30)

Sexual Surrogacy (presented by Dave Symington, EASE Canada)


  • engage in conversation about issues that affect people deeply, and broaden our understanding as well as challenge our own personal beliefs and attitudes regarding sex and disability
  • explore the personal stories of individuals with disabilities and how sexuality and sex has affected them
  • explore the History of sexuality and disability in terms of social integration, attitudes, policies, programs, laws and legislation
  • discuss the idea of radical inclusion and have it as an undercurrent throughout the conversation
  • explore various segments of videos and other materials that support the conversation

Queer Domestic Violence and Bystander Training (Rachel Braeuer, Kirsty Blair, Sagesse)


  • discuss the nuances of LGBTQ+ domestic violence (DV)
  • define the relationship between minority stress, DV, and potential health outcomes
  • list barriers for LGBTQ+ individuals and explain how to mitigate them
  • use practical skills to help create equitable practices
  • explain how to appropriately recognize, respond, and refer individuals experience DV

Sexual Assault (Dr. Pauline Head, CSART)


  • define sexual assault and consent
  • understand principles of supporting survivors
  • understand care and reporting options
  • review appropriate investigations, prophylaxis, and follow-up
  • recognize barriers faced by people with disabilities who experience sexual violence
  • recognize the diversity of identities and life experiences among sexual assault survivors

[CANCELLED] Talking to Your Patients about Sex and Sexuality: Tips for Becoming a Sex Positive, Affirming, and Savvy Care Provider (presented by Dr. Nureen Pirbhai, Janine Farrell)*


  • describe what is required from a physician to provide a thorough and evidence-informed sexual health interview
  • educate participants on sensitive and specific language for sexual health interviewing
  • describe the nuances of sexual health interviewing with a range of patient populations
  • support participants to role play a sexual health interview

*this workshop has been cancelled.