As part of our commitment to Equity and Inclusion, we are expanding and diversifying our trainings to reflect issues of intersectionality, implicit bias and racial justice, as well as to offer help with understanding LGBT culture and history, navigating legal and legislative concerns, and much more.
The need for these trainings is tremendous. For LGBTQ individuals, there is often no easy way to identify those who might be supportive to them. Many in the LGBT community experience isolation and loneliness. Even locating basic information can become risky and logistically difficult when there are few networks, directories and resources.
Therefore, the more that faculty, departments, offices, cultural centers and schools take part in LGBT Center trainings the more educated and empathic our County will become.
The Center offers a variety of trainings to address particular questions, needs or concerns:
Our basic training (also called Safe Zone training), this program provides an introduction to LGBTQ issues and resources. Topics discussed include the wide spectrum of LGBTQ identities, the importance of using preferred pronouns, and the particular policies and resources available here at the center. The program will also touch on intersectionality, implicit bias, racial justice, LGBTQ culture and history, legal and legislative issues, but for a more in-depth workshop on these topics, we suggest you consider one of our more specialized programs, listed below.
Transgender & Gender Nonbinary Issues
This program explores the particular issues faced by our transgender and nonbinary community. We look at gender-neutral services available and the importance of pronoun awareness. We offer strategies to become allies of this community. A deeper understanding of thinking beyond the gender binary is the goal.
Developing Policies and procedures for serving the LGBTQ Community
Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. Introductory training for Admins on developing sound, inclusive policy and procedures.
Providing Services for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
While there are no accurate numbers of LGBT youth in care, there is a need to provide affirming care and services to those youth who are in out of home care. We will explore Cultural and Linguistic Competency being able to appropriately discuss and address the needs of LGBT youth.
Top Health Care Issues for the LGBTQ Population
An overview of terminology and the health factors most affecting the LGBTQ population.
Providers Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBTQ Individuals
Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients in Substance Abuse Treatment provided by the Addiction Technology Training Network. This training is a two two part, 6 hour training.
Tackling Barriers in Accessing Health Care for the LGBTQ individual
Tackling Barriers in Accessing Healthcare for LGBTQ Individuals as presented by Albina Veltman, MD, FRCPC Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, McMaster University.
Queer Think for the Straight Shrink
Providing Mental Health Services for Patients who Identify as LGBTTTIQQ
For details or to schedule a training please contact the center via email at
LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence
Examine cultural messages about LGBTQ relationships Examine myths and misconceptions of IPV in LGBTQ relationships Learn about unique tactics of abusing partners
The LGBT Movement
The history of the movement from Stonewall through Gay Marriage, Gender Identity and Transgender Issues
Supporting Families with LGBT Children
What are the issues for LGBT young people, in particular with regard to parents? How can we begin to work together to develop programs that meets the needs of LGBT young people and their families?