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How do I enroll in a WEVAS® course or workshop?You can sign up on www.wevas.net to get an email when we become aware of a course that may be available to you. Manitoba school divisions offer WEVAS® training on a regular basis, as do colleges, universities, and other service providers. Contact a school division's Student Services Administrator to find out information about WEVAS®, or contact a post-secondary institution directly.
I completed a WEVAS® course but I cannot find my certificate needed for a job.Individual WEVAS® Facilitators and the organization for which they teach issue certificates to successful workshop participants. Contact them to obtain a copy of your certificate.
What is the difference between WEVAS® and NCI?WEVAS® and NCI - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, both teach de-escalation skills, however, WEVAS® is a "hands-off" model which teaches protective skills rather than "restraints" or "holding skills." WEVAS® focuses on de-escalation of self and others by helping individuals to connect to their calming presence and using their awareness to shift out of fear and into peacefulness. WEVAS® is consistent with Manitoba Education's Policy Directive (2021) to minimize the use of seclusion and to avoid physical restraint. WEVAS® teaches debriefing skills and the connection to review and follow-up processes.
There are many training programs out there, why choose WEVAS®?WEVAS® is the only training program that teaches you to develop your awareness and presence, which is your most powerful tool to de-escalate yourself and others. WEVAS® helps you to close the "knowing/doing" gap by providing you with direct experiences during the training in order to feel the shift within yourself. This begins the process of change that will reduce and eventually eliminate out-of-control student behavior and educator burn-out.
What is the difference between WEVAS® 1.0 and WEVAS® 2.0?WEVAS® 2.0 has new activities and participant materials. It teaches participants how to become aware of their thoughts and emotions that are related to the situations they are experiencing in their lives. WEVAS® 2.0 teaches participants how to transform their thoughts and their energy in order to create the peace that they desire, in both their internal and external environments. For beginners, WEVAS® 2.0 starts you on your journey to deepen your connections. For people who are more advanced, WEVAS® 2.0 allows you to amplify your healing work within yourself extending that to the world.
Do I have to retake the WEVAS® course to renew my certification?The employer may determine the length of time between initial certification and the next time they would like employees to redo the course. WEVAS® offers the employer the flexibility to individualize according to their needs and the needs of their employees and clients. WEVAS® content also is flexible enough to allow employers / Facilitators to personalize to their situations (e.g., Workplace Health and Safety, Violence in the Workplace protocols, etc.) such that a recently certified participant may be asked to redo a WEVAS® course particular to their new work environment to allow time for team discussions and planning with regard to current situations they encounter. For example, teams have set up review times during which staff practice the approaches learned in the WEVAS® Assaultive State section.
Is there a one day WEVAS® "refesher" course?At this time, there is no shorter or "review" version of WEVAS®. We ask previously certified participants to work through the exercises and bring their new experiences forward to process with a different group of participants / Facilitators. Many new insights and solutions often are discovered by proceeding through the full course content, discussions, and activities to enable people to meet their current needs. Different Facilitator interaction styles and those who bring in relevant supplemental current material can make a difference. WEVAS® 1.0 and WEVAS® 2.0 are markedly different and we encourage you to enrol in the full workshop to deepen your learning.
Am I trained in the current version of WEVAS®?WEVAS® 2.0 was released in 2023 and contains new activities, readings, and presentations. Previously certified WEVAS® Facilitators must recertify in order to offer WEVAS® 2.0 training. Your certificate should state the version of WEVAS® in which you were trained, the date you completed training, the number of hours of the course you completed, and the signatures of the Facilitators who provided your training.
Can anyone become a certified WEVAS® Facilitator?WEVAS® Facilitators have been selected from their organizations for their leadership and other valued skills that will enable them to provide the WEVAS® training to others. They have successfully completed a 5-day intensive WEVAS® certification program. Contact the WEVAS® Clinical Director for more information about training of Facilitators.
How often is WEVAS® Facilitator training offered?WEVAS® Facilitator training is usually offered once every two years or when an organization has enough participants to proceed (typically 18-24). Contact the WEVAS® Clinical Director for more information about hosting a Facilitator course. 2024 Spring is the next possibility for WEVAS® Facilitator training.
Is there an online or "hybrid" training model for WEVAS®?During the COVID pandemic, WEVAS® tested an online format in order to deliver the high demand training. In-person training is the preferred and most beneficial model for WEVAS® courses due to the experiential activity-based nature of the training.
How do I find a certified WEVAS® Facilitator to train my staff?Some WEVAS® Facilitator contact information is listed on the Workshops section of www.wevas.net. You can sign up to get emails when we become aware of workshops that may be available for you. You may contact your local school division, college or university to find out who the certified WEVAS® Facilitators are and to arrange a workshop directly with them.
Why choose WEVAS®
WEVAS® teaches how to use your mind, presence & energy flow
to produce peace
We help you to remove personal barriers to achieve your goals
We consider the whole person (heart, mind, body, spirit) as well as the environment
Accessibility & Flexibility
We help you to help yourself and others. Consultations online to keep you going as needed.
EXCITING things are happening in the world of WEVAS®
New Activities, a Book, Re-Certification.
WEVAS® course availability is opening up as we can be together again in unity and healing.
WEVAS® 2.0 has new activities and requires re-certification.
Contact Michelle@wevas.ca to arrange re-certification for Spring 2024.