Training

With the rapid advances in knowledge about LGBTQ issues, professionals must stay on top of every change, and students can benefit from the perspective of front-line workers in the movement.  Portland offers structured training for organizations seeking to become more diverse and inclusive.

As of November 2016, we have provided training to over 150 student from several companies, government, and professional organizations.

PFLAG Portland offers two general categories of training: fully customized training for organizational staff, and a Professional Development Unit (PDU) curriculum designed to improve awareness and understanding of LGBTQ issues for educators and administrators on all levels.

Course Structure

Taught in a symposium/discussion style, class sizes are kept small to encourage deep student participation.

Presentation Options

All course durations and curricula may  be tailored to the needs of groups desiring customized training. Our PDU Courses are nominally 8 hours in duration across multiple meeting days and upon successful completion accrue 7.2 Professional Development Units.  Our customized trainings typically last 1-2 hours.

Course Design and Scheduling

Contact Program Manager Eric Overby at eastcounty@pflagpdx.org or at 503-232-7676 ext 3-5.

Fees

Fees are on a sliding scale. Contact us for more details.

Course Descriptions


It's Not All Unicorns and Rainbows: Being LGBTQ in our Communities

Prerequisite: none

This introductory training in LGBTQ issues takes participants on a journey towards commanding the facts about being LGBTQ, recognizing and working with their own unconscious biases, opening further conversations with their coworkers about what it means to be a supportive coworker, and how to be a welcoming representative of their company in serving LGBTQ customers.  Special focus is given to working with and serving transgender individuals.

The Trans-Inclusive Agency

Prerequisite: none

Transgender identities of various kinds are more in the public eye than at any other time in our history. This training will address the therapist’s, counselor’s, and case worker’s role in working with a transgender client: exploring the possibility of transition, supporting the client as they begin disclosing their identity to people they are close to, what it means to help facilitate transition, etc. In addition, this training will focus on what it means to an agency to be trans-inclusive: what policy and procedural changes may be necessary to best serve transgender clients? Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, and the different issues that arise therapeutically depending on identity.
  • Understand what constitutes best practices in working with transgender clients.
  • Understand the issues that commonly arise during transition.
  • Understand what the therapist’s, counselor’s, and/or case worker’s role is in facilitating transition.
  • Understand what inclusivity looks like to a trans person seeking services or advice.

Children and Transition

 

Prerequisite: none

It is becoming increasingly common for pre-pubescent children to transition socially in elementary school, and for adolescents to transition physically in middle school and high school. This course will explore the therapist’s role in facilitating such transitions. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the therapist’s role in assessing the family system.
  • Understand common questions/concerns families have regarding child transitions.
  • Understand common questions and concerns school administrators and teachers have regarding child transitions.
  • Understand what local support resources are available to help both child and family (e.g. GSA’s in the schools, or a local PFLAG chapter)

LGBTQ Identity within Faith Traditions

 

Prerequisite: none

It is becoming increasingly common for individuals to transition within a faith tradition, or to remain within their faith tradition after realizing they are gay or lesbian. This course will explore the nature of gender identity and sexual orientation, the differences between the two, and the role religious institutions play in individuals’ lives as they navigate the difficult life changes wrought by coming out and/or transitioning. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the transition process.
  • Address within their particular faith community what ‘support’ looks like.
  • Understand the practicalities of creating an inclusive space around both trans and gay/lesbian identity.

The Trans-Inclusive Business

 

Prerequisite: none

Those who transition do so while conducting the business of every day life: shopping, taking the bus, getting gas for their car, etc. What steps can a business take to help those in transition feel more comfortable? What does ‘trans inclusivity’ look like in the context of a medical practice of some sort? Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the transition process.
  • Understand ways to handle gender on paperwork.
  • Understand local laws against discrimination, and what discrimination is and isn’t.

LGBTQ Youth in School Settings

 

Prerequisite: none

Those who identify as LGBTQ while in school face differing reactions from fellow students and from teachers, ranging from celebration and acceptance to bullying and lack of administrative support. This course will explore how teachers and administrators can smooth the path of an all inclusive school-based policy and program. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  •  Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation;
  •  Understand the nature of the social process;
  •  Understand what community resources are available for referrals;
  •  Understand the pressures on the family, and the role the school can play in minimizing those pressures;
  • Understand local laws against discrimination, and how they impact schools.

Transgender Youth in School Settings

 

Prerequisite: Transgender Youth in School Settings

Those who transition while in school face differing reactions from fellow students and from teachers, ranging from celebration and acceptance to bullying and lack of administrative support. This course puts a much more detailed emphasis on a much more complex issue within the LGBTQ community.  Additionally, this course will explore how teachers and administrators can smooth the path of an all inclusive school-based transition. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  •  Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation;
  •  Understand the nature of the social and physical transition process;
  •  Understand what community resources are available for referrals;
  •  Understand the pressures on the family, and the role the school can play in minimizing those pressures;
  • Understand local laws against discrimination, and how they impact schools.

It's Everyone's Transition

 

Prerequisite: none

Those who transition do so within the context of a life, replete with family relationships, friendships, often with partners or spouses to consider, with children to consider, and usually with a job to consider. This workshop will consider the ramifications of transition for others in the equation: family members, friends, co-workers. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the social and physical transition process.
  • Understand how various types of relationships might be impacted by transition.
  • Understand what support looks like to the various people affected by a transition.