Engaging Men and Boys in Family Violence Prevention

November is Family Violence Prevention month in Alberta. The intention of the month is to raise awareness of the issue and to call to action all Albertans, as we all have a role to play in the prevention of violence. There is growing recognition that boys and men need to be included in primary prevention of intimate partner violence. In fact, one of the strategies in the Government of Alberta’s family violence prevention framework is to: “Develop, promote and support … Continued

Sex Myths

The Truth about Sex Finding the facts about the birds and bees can be difficult. Information from social media, movies, friends and what society thinks can confuse what is the truth and what is a myth. This guide tries to clear the confusion when it comes to sex and healthy sexuality.   Myth: Is a bigger penis better? Truth: Penises come in all shapes and sizes. The idea that bigger is better is simply false. What really makes sex better … Continued

Hey Parents! Are you ready for your kids’ sexual health questions this summer?

Another school year is winding down, which means the Calgary Sexual Health Centre’s (CSHC) school based sex education program is about to wrap it up until classes start again in the fall. With the summer break around the corner, CSHC wants to catch up with parents to ensure that sexual health learning doesn’t also take a break. CSHC, which has been a recommended resource of the Calgary Board of Education since 1975, is asking parents “Are you ready to handle … Continued

“Getting to Zero”- World AIDS Day

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Since 1988 the world has recognized December 1st as World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is a time for us to raise awareness for HIV. It is a time to pause, reflect and pay tribute to the many lives lost to HIV/AIDS. It provides us with an opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the virus, how it is transmitted, how it is treated and how we can protect ourselves. It also raises awareness about the stigma that HIV still … Continued

Knocking Boots: Safe Sex During Stampede

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Stampede has arrived in Calgary and with it the full tilt-a-whirl of activities from midway rides to chuck wagon races, rodeos to tent parties. Calgarians and an estimated additional 400,000 visitors alike will flock to take part in the excitement that engulfs our city for the next ten days. As we celebrate our inner cowboys and cowgirls, Pam Krause, our President and CEO, notes that this time of year we are given “permission to play” – boot-knocking innuendo implied. While … Continued

Lisa’s Story: The Training Centre


The Training Centre at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre provides a number of professional development opportunities for service providers. Our training ensures that professionals have the skills and knowledge to integrate sexual health into their everyday work with clients. Here’s a personal story from one of our Training Centre clients!   When Lisa Seel-Thompson at Calgary Family Services hires new staff for a Spirit or Starburst program, she often sees something missing right off the bat. “I’ve had staff come … Continued

New Year! New workshop schedule!


We are pleased to ring in the new year with our Winter 2014 workshop schedule!   “Facilitating Healthy Relationships” February 26, 2014    9am – 12pm In this workshop, participants will gain knowledge and tools to help youth navigate the challenges of developing healthy relationships in today’s world.  Practical activities and frameworks for helping youth make conscious and healthy sexual decisions are also examined and applied to real life situations. Fee: $50.00 per person, including workshop materials   “Supporting Sexuality with … Continued