Free November Trainings!

I’m excited to be offering five free virtual trainings addressing important issues for children, youth, & families, including two new trainings: What’s Your Pronoun? Neopronouns & Pronoun Best Practices in Action, and Supporting Neurodivergent LGBTQ Youth.

Registration deadlines are approaching fast; sign up at the links below (in green) to build community and learn something new!

Religious & Spiritual Competency for Providers
Monday, November 1st, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM PDT on Zoom (Fred Finch)

This 6-hour course explores the concept of religious and spiritual competency for those who support system involved youth and their caregivers. People tasked with providing services and support to system-involved youth & families often do not get any training or support on religious and spiritual competency, resulting in unskillful, dismissive, or at worst, biased care. Training participants will reflect on their own religious and spiritual experiences and their possible effects on care provision, learn key recommended religious and spiritual competency principles, review faith/cognitive developmental stages, and apply their learning in a roleplay designed to highlight possible religious/spiritual concerns among system-involved children, youth and families.

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Understanding Body Size Myths & Fatphobia
Thursday, November 4th, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM PDT on Zoom (Lincoln Families)

Wednesday, November 10th, 12 PM-5 PM PDT on Zoom (East Bay Agency for Children)

This training supports professionals in building awareness around their biases related to body size, becoming familiar with research on weight and health among youth and the connection between Body Mass Index (BMI) and its use in health care, as well as its relationship to white supremacy and systemic discrimination. We will explore how body size-base microaggressions can impact rapport and access to appropriate resources for youth, explore the Health at Any Size model, discuss best practices, and apply our learning through roleplay. This training is not about diagnosing eating disorders among clients. Rather, it is focused on helping providers identify their own biases and negative internalized beliefs about body size and health. By identifying what myths we’ve internalized, we can better serve clients and their families as more good data emerges about body size and health.

Register Here for 11/4!

Register Here for 11/10!

Increasing Family Acceptance Among Religious Caregivers of LGBTQ Youth 
Two 4-hour trainings:

Monday, November 8, 2021, 9:15 AM-1:15 PM PDT on Zoom (Family Paths)
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:15-1:15 PM PDT on Zoom (Family Paths)

This training supports professionals in supporting caregivers who reject LGBTQ youth in their care for religious and/or spiritual reasons. It is often difficult for professionals supporting queer and/or trans youth in care to know how to talk to caregivers, whether biological family, resource parents, clinical providers, or other caring adults, about the importance of acceptance and affirmation during and after a young person comes out. Rejection by caregivers and important adults have lifelong impacts on LGBTQ youth on individual and systemic levels. This training will discuss common anti-LGBTQ spiritual/religious beliefs and how to have conversations about caregivers’ values, beliefs, and practices that validate and respect them, while also supporting family acceptance for their LGBTQ children. Using resources from the Family Acceptance Project and the principles of non-violent communication, participants will practice having difficult conversations with rejecting caregivers and familiarize themselves with affirming faith-based resources that can be shared with caregivers.

Register for Part 1!

Register for Part 2!

What’s Your Pronoun? Neopronoun & Pronoun Best Practices in Action

Friday, November 12th, 9:30-3:30 PT on Zoom (Fred Finch)

One-in-five Americans know someone personally who goes by a pronoun other than “he” or “she,” and this number increases to 32% among 18- to 29-year-olds. 1 in 4 LGBTQ youth use pronouns or pronoun combinations that fall outside of the male/female gender binary. System involved youth may use they/them, a combination of he/him, she/her, or they/them, or neopronouns such as ze/zir or fae/faer. What if you’ve never used these pronouns before? What if you make a mistake? Is it okay to ask someone about their pronouns? In this training, we will discuss best practices for asking someone about their correct pronoun, how to introduce yourself using gender pronouns, and what to do if you misgender someone in an effort to improve outcomes for affected system involved youth. Participants will also learn more about the history of gender pronouns in English- and non-English-speaking contexts.

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Supporting Neurodivergent LGBTQ Youth
Tuesday, November 16th, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM PDT on Zoom (Lincoln Families)

This training in partnership with Lincoln Families supports providers in deepening their understanding of gender and sexual identities with an emphasis on creating inclusive spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who have dual diagnoses and/or intellectual disabilities. Providers will discuss misconceptions and best practices related to diagnosis and social support for LGBTQ youth with intellectual disabilities, learning differences, mental health and/or substance use diagnoses. Through reviewing research, group discussion, multimedia, and self-reflection, individuals will become familiar with the most up-to-date terms, frameworks for understanding sexuality & gender, and best practices.

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