Trainings center sex positive, anti-racist approaches and attitudes for understanding mental health, sexual health, relationships, development, and LGBTQ youth and adults. Trainings are listed below and can be curated for particular audiences.
Queer and transgender youth make up a growing community in our society and schools. The training will deconstruct language and culture around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning youth. Current research on mental health, development, and supportive relationships will be presented. Specific skills will be taught for how to connect with and support the thriving of queer and transgender youth.
Sex positive is an attitude grounded in openness, ethics, and health. Becoming sex positive requires we, as adults, clinicians and educators, begin with reflection about our own assumptions, shame, and miseducation about sexuality and gender. The training will lead participants through reflective exercises and to new sex positive perspectives. The training concludes with new skills for facilitating affirming and informed relationships with youth and each other.
Sexual and gender development are core tasks in youth that continue into adulthood. The training presents contemporary research and clinical findings about the sexual and gender development from infancy to emerging adulthood from an intersectional lens. The research is inclusive of youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities. LGBTQ youth and adults are highlighted and centered in the training given the significant miseducation and myths perpetuated.
Particular groups or agencies may ask for a training to be created or curated for their needs. For example, agencies working with refugee and immigrant families may ask for additional training on family dynamics and culture when youth from these families come out as part of the LGBTQ community. Additional prep time will be required for this curating the training but may aid in application of training to the context of the providers or educators.