Alongside? Exploring tools to support women in the sex industry

A training session to learn valuable communication skills to better support women in the sex industry and to foster trust and connection.

About this event

This is an interactive training session exploring how we engage with women across various contexts & how we can best support women to make the change they are looking for. Our examples will be from women selling sex on the street/massage parlours/brothels, but are also applicable for women experiencing multiple disadvantage (Domestic abuse/sexual violence/stalking/ harassment).

We will focus on Motivational Interviewing Tools– Cycle of Change, DARNC and OARS model and have been applied to supporting women in the sex industry.

This course is for any professionals; new workers or those who want to refresh or increase skills in working alongside women, improving your sustainability as a worker.

By the end of the session learners will have:

  • Explored the idea of ‘rescue’ and how it can play out with women and in teams
  • Explored empowerment and the idea of creating ‘space for action’ with women
  • Had an introduction to the ‘cycle of change’ as a tool for hearing where women might be in terms of their readiness for change (especially useful for outreach on the streets/massage parlors and 1-1’s)
  • Explored what our role as workers ‘alongside’ might entail
  • Role played/practiced in small breakout rooms with professionals from a range of backgrounds, learning from each other as we have a go.
  • Answered ‘what do I say?!’ and had a go at using the ‘OARS’ model; a structure for conversations with women that enables change at her pace
  • Role played/practiced in small breakout rooms with professionals from a range of backgrounds, learning from each other as we have a go.

So what?

  • Evaluated your learning
  • Considered your next steps and how you can apply in your context.

Max number of participants – we purposely keep these sessions limited to 12 in order to keep it interactive as learners bring a wealth of experience. Therefore, places are limited to 2 people per organisation. Minimum number of participants to run this course is 6.

The Zoom waiting room will open at 9:15am to allow a settling in time for a prompt start at 9:30am

This course is delivered by a specialist frontline practitioner with substantial experience of working directly with women, as well as an in-depth understanding of policy, service creation and national context. The content is shaped by 20 years of practice and our continual bias of learning from women with Lived Experience.


If you are booking a place for someone else, please make sure to add their name & email address so that they receive the email with access links.

Beyond the Streets reserves the right to cancel / postpone an event at anytime. If we have to cancel / postpone up to 2 weeks before the due date we will either offer you a refund or reserve you a place on another date.

If you cancel with less than 2 weeks before the due date no refund or place will be offered. For more information contact

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Sep 10 2024


9:30 am - 12:30 pm



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