Trans and non binary people report almost universal experiences of transphobia. Each episode of
victimization based on diverse gender or sexuality, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior and other negative mental health consequences. It is essential that practitioners working with people with gender and sexual diversities have the skills and knowledge to open the conversation, use language that promotes dignity, offer effective allyship in internalized, interpersonal, institutional and cultural interactions and offer strength-based supports that are informed by evidence. This online, interactive 6-hour training will be an opportunity to practice skills and plan practical steps to address trauma experienced by 2SLGBTQI people and to share strategies for supporting people who are coming out, in transition, or trying to navigate erasure, rejection, or unsafe home environments.
- Use language that promotes dignity, including affirming pronouns, appropriate use of gender expansive language, and reviewing intake forms, questions and interactions for relevance, representation and promoting client agency.
- Offer strength-based supports that are informed by evidence to people with gender and sexual diversities.
- Implement effective communication with and allyship to 2SLGBTQI people in internalized, interpersonal, institutional and cultural interactions.
- Employ strength and evidence-based, individualized strategies to affirm people who are coming out, in transition, or trying to navigate erasure, rejection, or unsafe home environments.
- Share helpful and evidence-based resources to build awareness within organizations and communities.