Our Trainings

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Gender Diverse Cultural Awareness Training Series

Created by Andi Tilmann, MA and Jessie Smith, PhD

Our Mission

We aspire to reduce health & social disparities and the disproportionate negative outcomes of discrimination for LGBTQ+ and gender-diverse people via education and programs which encourage the conditions for safe and affirming services, spaces, relationships and communities.

Overview

Our LGBTQ+, nonbinary, and gender-diverse cultural awareness trainings, conducted by professional LGBTQ+ experienced facilitators, are designed to help providers and staff offer respectful services that affirm these clients’ identities, improve their experiences in your office, and better support their overall well-being.

In a non-judgmental, compassionate, anti-oppression context, staff will learn about the health & social disparities across LGBTQ+ and gender diverse communities; appropriate and up-to-date ways of engaging with people in these communities; and the compounding impacts of intersecting identities – all to help create a more affirming and welcoming care environment. Participants are encouraged to examine their personal beliefs and social conditioning regarding gender, sexuality, and diverse identities, to provide the context and self-awareness needed to work compassionately with LGBTQ+, non-binary, and gender diverse people.

These tailored trainings provide an overview of the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, a rich depth of individual and social learning, personal exploration, and tools for affirmative implementation of this knowledge.

This is A Path Towards Loving First, Understanding Later.
Our LGBTQ+ and Gender Diverse Cultural Awareness Series

Our LGBTQ+ and Gender Diverse Cultural Awareness Series

  • 101: Intro to LGBTQ+: Understanding the Sexual & Gender Diverse Experience (90-minute live online pre-requisite)
  • 201: Foundations of Relating: A Compassionate Exploration of Gender, Orientation, Intersectionality, and Self
    General foundational awareness of gender, orientation & cultural socialization, excellent for all audiences
  • 301: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Developing Cultural Awareness for More LGBTQ+ Affirmative Environments
    Specific context for Medical & Mental Health Providers; Parents & Foster Parents relating with Gender-diverse people
  • 401: Models of LGBTQ+ Clinical Care: Deepening Competence in Practice
    For Medical & Mental Health Providers treating gender-diverse people

Adjunct Training Modules:

  • Reducing Barriers: Clinical Letter Writing for GenderAffirming Access, Care, and Surgeries
    Only for licensed mental health & medicalprofessionals
  • From Overwhelm to Excited: LGBTQ+ Inclusive ComprehensiveSex Education in Our Communities
    Excellent for all audiences - become more “ask-able” and trusted adults
  • Lunch & Learn Online Mini-Classes on LGBTQ+ Hot Topics
    Audiences are topic-dependent – watch for specificMini-Class announcements

Each module qualifies for Continuing Education credits, approved by The National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Please check with your individual board regarding NASW credits. All participants will be asked to complete pre-training knowledge surveys and post-training cultural awareness assessments.

Mental health clinicians are invited to bring their LGBTQ+ cases to ongoing group consultation sessions with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jessie Smith. This space is held online and meets weekly.

We love to be flexible and adapt to specific needs! We can offer our services in many combinations, ranging from highly customized closed-group trainings to mixed-group sessions near a given location.

Andi Tilmann, MA
andi.triunity@gmail.com
Jessie Smith, PhD
drjessiensmith@gmail.com

We'd love to tell you more about our trainings.

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Other Training and Education Opportunities

Trans-Parenting Courses Online
Online Resources for parents of trans kids

We've got an arrangement with transintimate.org to provide training resources to TransParents. Please reach out to trainings@lovingbeyondunderstanding.org for more information.

In-person or Tele-session
Guided coaching from experienced trainers.

Seeking some help on how to reach your trans youth with one on one coaching?

Parents of LGBTQ+ Compassionate Private Coaching
Opportunity to learn from an experienced facilitator.

Offered by: Andi Tillman, MA

With your support we can do anything

At Loving Beyond Understanding, we know the transformative power of community and collaboration. Your contribution enables us to meet the intersecting needs of our community, promote access to resources, and protect queer spaces like The Center. Please help us achieve our mission to be a platform for queer people to thrive.