Training & Workshop Descriptions

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Featured Professional Development Trainings

Trainings are also available via Webinar

*tailorable to general audiences

LGBTQ+ 101: Understanding Sexuality*

This module helps participants understand the basics of sexuality delineating the terms “lesbian”, “gay”, “bisexual”, “transgender”, “non-binary”, “heterosexual” among others, as well as how these categories are “defined”. The workshop begins by explaining the basic stages of sexual development regarding the general physical, cognitive and emotional milestones people undergo as they mature. It also details the four different components that make up sexuality: chromosomal sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

 

LGBTQ+ Health

Intended for social and health providers, and youth-serving personnel, this component speaks to and addresses the social, mental, physical, and sexual health trends experienced by LGBTQ+ youth, adolescents, and adults. It is aimed to make service providers aware of health issues disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and their roots.

 

The Problem with Gendering*

This workshop discusses "gendering" (i.e. gender associations and expectations), and how we "do gender". Participants explore implicit gender bias and the potentially deleterious effects gendering can have on both children and adults. The discussion highlights how we subconsciously allow gender (including perceived gender), to guide our interactions, expectations, and even set limitations for ourselves and others. The workshop closes with strategies for limiting the impact of gender in our, homes, schools, and communities.

 

Protecting LGBTQ Youth in New Jersey State Care

This workshop targets staff and providers serving youth that are in state custody either through the foster care system or through juvenile detention. In addition to helping staff to understand sexuality, this workshop also addresses the risks that LGBTQ youth often face when they’re in care including physical, mental and social health issues. The workshop also discusses the legal rights of the youth and provides strategies to create a safer space for LGBT youth in state care.

 

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying

The spate of suicides among  teens, tweens and young adults (especially those identifying with the LGBTQ+ community) necessitates conversations about the harmful and potentially deadly effects of bullying, especially in its 21st century incarnation of “cyberbullying”. This workshop provides youth serving personnel with an overview of bullying, its forms, causes, and the emotional, mental, and physical health implications. It concludes with strategies on how to create a supportive environment for all youth.

 

Sexual Harassment*

This module describes sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence along with their prevalence for the LGBTQ+ community as well as the population at large. Participants will dissect examples of hostile environments, explore and correct perceptions and concerns surrounding reports of sexual harassment, and will identify strategies for creating harassment-free environments.

 

Cultural Competency

This workshop focuses on the components of cultural competency (i.e. cultural awareness, cultural respect, cultural sensitivity, & cultural humility) to improve relations, services, and programming with respect to marginalized communities. The workshop addresses the impact of privilege and power, as well as the role of implicit bias with respect to program development, quality of services, and effective advocacy. It concludes with strategies on how to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces and services.

Putting the "T" in CompeTency

This workshop focuses specifically on transgender identities, trans health issues and inequities, and the various barriers transgender people face when accessing care. It is aimed to make health professionals more adept at understanding the needs of the transgender communities and to improve the access and quality of services. 

 

Orientation, and Gender, & Race, Oh My! 

(A Conversation about Intersectionality*)

This workshop provides an opportunity for an interactive discussion surrounding the various challenges of having multiple minority identities, including but not limited to race, gender & gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, and ability. The discussion highlights the role the media and other social influences have in marginalizing vulnerable populations, even within already marginalized communities. Discussion also covers, privilege, power, cultural appropriation, implicit bias, and micro and macro aggressions. The workshop closes with strategies on how to make health and social service settings, schools, communities, GSAs, and other spaces more inclusive of various identities, and how to celebrate diversity in more sensitive ways.

White Caller Crimes

This interactive training discusses the practice of calling the police on Black people engaging in commonplace activities, along with its dangerous implications. The workshop analyzes the varying relationships between the police, and white and BIPOC communities through historical and contemporary lenses. It also discusses the "Karen", "Becky" and "Susan" archetypes used to reference white women who (either implicitly or explicitly) promote or support racism, and engage in practices that endanger Black people.  It closes with the exploration of common critiques of BLM's response to police brutality, and equips allies with ripostes.  

 

Additional Workshops Available on Request

Featured Youth & Community Workshops 

LGBT: Let’s Get Busy Talking  

Participants will learn the basics of sexuality, will understand the different components of sexuality, and will learn the terminology. The workshop includes the unfair treatment and poor health outcomes the LGBTQ+ community faces and offers ways that participants can become better allies to their LGBTQ peers. 

 

STIs, HIV & AIDS (LGBTQ+ Inclusive Safer Sex)

This LGBTQ+ inclusive, sex-positive workshop discusses the basics of STIs, and HIV/AIDS including routes of transmission, treatments, prevention, prevalence, and stigma. The goal of this workshop is to provide a safe space for participants to learn about high-risk behaviors associated with HIV and other STIs, and how to protect themselves, their peers, and their communities.

 

Healthy Relationships

This LGBTQ+ inclusive workshop helps participants to identify potentially unhealthy or unequal romantic/sexual relationships that may include varying levels of physical, emotional, social, sexual, and financial abuse. The workshop also addresses sexual consent in order to explore and dispel misperceptions and concerns. The conversation focuses heavily on helping participants to define and identify consent. The legal ramifications of sexual activity without consent are also discussed. Relevant resources are provided.

Navigating Your T(ransition) 

Developed by and for transgender persons, this round-table workshop offers an opportunity for an open and candid dialogue about challenges unique to transgender youth who are transitioning, or who want to transition. This workshop provides a safe space for trans participants to share personal experiences, thoughts, and concerns about navigating the aesthetic, physical, mental, medical, legal, and social challenges young people often experience during transition. The goal is to help youth identify realistic options to counter potential setbacks, identify positive ways to cope with the stresses and challenges of transitioning, identify positive ways to cope with the stresses and challenges of transitioning, and ultimately to help ease the concerns regarding transitioning.  It also addresses identifying one’s ideal self and how to bring that to fruition.

 

Moral Literacy (Anti-Bullying/Character Building)

These presentations engage young people in conversations surrounding peer relationships and respect. Students explore how instances of bullying, harassment, and intimidation are often linked to race, ethnicity, religion, body shape, political views, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and learning style. Participants may also recount personal experiences as bullies and/or targets. Types of bullying are covered, as well as the mental aftermath it has on the target, such as depression, isolation, substance use and misuse, self-injury, and suicide. The goal of this presentation is to garner empathy and respect for peers, and to decrease incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools and community settings. Workshops are tailored to be age-appropriate.

 

Family Feud Game (Health & LGBTQ+ Editions)

This activity mirrors the popular game show (of the same name) and pits players/teams against each other to answer questions surrounding various health-related issues (Examples of questions are: What is something you might do if someone has alcohol poisoning; Name something that can happen when you drink too much; Name the four bodily fluids that can transmit HIV from one person to another; Name a way alcohol poisoning can cause death; Name a sign of alcohol poisoning; Name a reason why people drink or use [recreational] drugs; Name a reason why people smoke cigarettes; Name a potential consequence of using drugs).

 

Jeopardy Game (Health & LGBTQ+ Editions)

This activity mirrors the popular game show (of the same name) and pits players/teams against each other in a quiz competition where players must give their response (in the form of a question) surrounding various health-related issues. (Examples of “Answer”/Response dyads: “A baby can be born with this health problem if the mother drinks during pregnancy”/What is fetal alcohol syndrome?; “This activity can cause miscarriages, low birth weight, developmental problems, and impaired lung function at birth if the mother does this while pregnant”/What is smoking cigarettes?; “This is a measure of how strong alcohol is”/ What is proof?)

 

Additional Workshops Available on Request

Speaking Engagements

The team at Left Turn Village is available to serve as panelists, moderators, or to deliver an address surrounding various topics. We also have a Speaker's Bureau. Please inquire by sending relevant details.

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