Training Descriptions

Trainings for Providers

  • Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Relationships
  • Engaging Youth as Leaders
  • Hate Violence: Making Connections, Providing Appropriate Responses
  • LGBTQ 101
  • Supporting LGBTQ Survivors of Violence
  • Supporting LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • Training Institute: Supporting LGBTQ Survivors of Violence and Creating Change within your Organization
  • Transgender 101
  • Transgender Shelter Access

Additional topics by request

Trainings for Youth and Community Members

  • Beyond Policing and Prisons: Envisioning safer communities
  • Hanging out and Hooking up: Safer dating for LGBTQ people 
  • Stepping Up Your Game: Building Strategies for Social Justice
  • Transgender 101
  • We are not Disposable!: Strategies to increase your safety

Additional topics by request

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Provider Training Descriptions

Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

Domestic violence impacts LGBTQ relationships at similar rates as heterosexuals.  This interactive, skill-building training will explore unique dynamics of violence in LGBTQ relationships and barriers to accessing services.  In addition to LGBTQ 101, participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups problem solving real-life scenarios involving LGBTQ survivors as time permits.  As requested, additional time may be spent on how to assess for the predominant aggressor, transgender shelter access, the impact of HIV status on domestic violence, or other topics. Suggested donation of $150-250 for this one to three hour training.

Hate Violence: Making Connections, Providing Appropriate Responses

In Colorado, hate violence targeting the LGBTQ community continues to be a major issue in both urban and rural areas.  Nationally, anti-LGBTQ murders continue to be on the rise. Participants will identify the unique characteristics of hate violence and connect these to broader patterns of escalation. Participants will walk through scenarios to explore the reality that LGBTQ Coloradans are currently facing while examining the impact of hate violence on survivors, victims and communities as well as barriers to reporting.  As requested, additional time may be spent on LGBTQ 101, how to assess bias as a motive, problem solving real life scenarios, how to respond appropriately to survivors or other topics. Suggested donation of $150-250 for a one to three hour training.

LGBTQ 101

This workshop will introduce providers to LGBTQ communities, respectful language and inclusive practices. Topics include terminology, barriers to accessing services, building blocks of gender and sexual orientation, and the ways privilege and oppression impact LGBTQ people. Suggested donation of $150-250 for a one to three hour training.

Supporting LGBTQ Survivors of Violence

This workshop will introduce providers to LGBTQ communities, respectful language, inclusive practices for supporting LGBTQ survivors of violence. Topics include terminology, common myths, barriers to accessing services, building blocks of gender and sexual orientation, and the ways privilege and oppression impact LGBTQ people. Suggested donation of $150-250 for a one to three hour training.

Supporting LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault

We know that sexual assault is dramatically underreported.  For LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault, the ability to both access services and to receive a sensitive and unbiased response is crucial.  This interactive, skill-building training will explore unique dynamics of sexual assault in LGBTQ communities and barriers to accessing services. In addition to LGBTQ 101, participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups problem solving real-life scenarios involving LGBTQ survivors as time permits. Suggested donation of $150-250 for a one to three hour training.

Training Institute- Supporting LGBTQ Survivors of Violence and Creating Change within your Organization

This full day training is offered by request.

More and more service providers in Colorado are working hard to ensure their services and programs are accessible to LGBTQ individuals.  This training institute will be an opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills, share lessons learned and network with other organizations.  Participants with gain skills to effectively support and work with LGBTQ identified participants, community members and survivors and translate the knowledge and skills into ACTION!  Creating a larger cultural shift within an organization can be challenging.  Strategies for raising awareness, creating buy-in, and instituting policy changes at the board, staff and volunteer level will be explored. All participants will receive comprehensive handouts, outreach materials, sample policies and intake forms to bring back to their organizations. Suggested donation for this 5 to 7 hour training is dependent on location, host organization and other factors.

Transgender 101

This workshop will introduce providers to transgender communities, respectful language and inclusive practices. Topics include terminology, barriers to accessing services, building blocks of gender and sexual orientation, and the ways privilege and oppression impact transgender people. Suggested donation of $150-250 for a one to three hour training.

Transgender Shelter Access

This workshop will introduce shelter providers to transgender communities with a focus on best practices for creating transgender inclusive shelter programs.  Topics include terminology, barriers to accessing services, building blocks of gender and sexual orientation, the ways privilege and oppression impact transgender people. Participants will also problem solve real life scenarios. Suggested donation of $200-250 for a two to three hour training.

Community Training Descriptions

Beyond Policing and Prisons: Envisioning Safer Communities

Violence committed by intimate partners, police, homophobic strangers and others, often leaves us with few options beyond the criminal legal system, a system that revictimizes survivors time and time again. However, we know that our communities have much potential for creating holistic and healing responses to violence. In our interactive workshop, we will begin envisioning strategies to create safer communities and respond to violence in ways that honor the healing and transformation of individuals and societal conditions that allow such harm to occur. Drawing on the inspirational work of Community United Against Violence, we will discuss the principles of transformative justice, explore how we respond to violence and feel it in our body, and engage with critical questions such as: How do criminal legal systems exacerbate harm and the conditions that create harm? Why are community-based models of dealing with harm integral to creating safe, just communities? What needs to shift in our culture to support community approaches to violence? Suggested donation of $150-250 for this one to three hour workshop.

Hanging out and Hooking up: Safer dating for LGBTQ people

Because most sex education curricula are heterosexual based, LGBTQ people do not have the opportunity to openly discuss sex, dating, and hooking up.  This interactive and fun workshop will provide participants with knowledge and skills to increase their emotional and physical safety with intimate partners, acquaintances, and hook ups. Topics include common myths about dating violence, sexual violence and consent in the LGBTQ community, techniques to assert boundaries, tips to respectfully approach someone. Can be tailored for university or youth participants. Suggested donation of $250 for this three hour workshop.

Stepping Up Youth Game: Building Strategies for Social Justice

Participants will learn skills to build social justice campaigns to combat discrimination and violence in their lives, school, and community. Participants will debunk myths about social justice movements, learn the basics of community organizing, and the tools and framework to develop effective, creative strategies. We will use examples from history and current events to help understand what it takes to effect change on the individual, community, and societal level. Suggested donation of $150-250 for this one to three hour workshop.

Transgender 101

Through interactive discussions, activities and film, this workshop covers basic information about the transgender community including terminology, building blocks of gender and sexual orientation, and how transphobia . Suggested donation of $150-250 for this one to three hour workshop.

We are not Disposable!: Strategies to increase your safety

Anti-LGBTQ harassment and hate violence are serious realities for many young people. It can be difficult to know effective ways to respond and stay safer. Through activities, interactive discussions, and physical practice, participants will learn effective strategies for defense against harassing as well as more serious attacks. Suggested donation of $150-250 for this one to three hour workshop.

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