LGBTQ Training For Trainers - Los Angeles LGBT Center

“[I wanted to participate in RISE because] I need people that are really supportive, you know, they look past my sexuality, they look at, you know who I am individually, and that's what I wanted. I wanted somebody who looks, you know, past, what my sexuality is, or you know, anything else with me. They just see who I really am.” 

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LGBTQ Training For Trainers

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Equipping public and private agency trainers with the tools to deliver the RISE evidence-based curriculum

We equip trainers with the knowledge and skills to deliver RISE’s Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Children and Youth in Systems of Care curriculum. Through forty hours of activities, field scenarios, lecture, group work, and experiential training; trainers will learn concepts related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; strategies for managing participants; assessing trainee needs; and tactics for challenging anti-LGBTQ stereotypes and biases.

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“The staff from RISE took the time necessary to make sure I understood all the training materials well. They are always gracious when I have questions and they are patient with their answers. I was really nervous when preparing for my first training but RISE was there to build up my confidence and remind me why this work is so important and essential for the health and wellbeing of so many youth that we serve. One of the staff even came out and partnered with me for my first full day training so that I wouldn’t have to be alone. RISE has made me a better social worker and it has made my agency a better service provider. I’m very grateful for their support and leadership.”

- Erica Ariza, MSW

“Participating in the RISE Train the Trainers program was such an amazing yet challenging experience.  I got the opportunity to take a deep dive into curriculum specially developed to increase my competency and skills around supporting LGBTQ clients, and providing safe and respectful environments for all.  Completing this course has given me the foundational knowledge needed to effectively train the staff at my agency, with the larger goal of supporting LGBTQ clients, and continuing to remove barriers to permanency through education and awareness.”

–Chelsea Krise, Child Welfare Training Coordinator

Course Agenda 

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Receive and review the RISE curriculum trainers’ manuals and training videos prior to the class start date.

Day 1: Pre-test and Building LGBTQ Competency

Complete a pre-test measuring LGBTQ competency and pass with a minimum score to continue with the training program. Critically observe delivery of RISE curriculum.

Day 2: Strategies for Managing the Training Room and Difficult Participants

Walk through the RISE curriculum and discuss the facilitation skills needed to deliver the content. Practice facilitation and knowledge-based strategies to manage sensitive and controversial content in the classroom. Learn techniques to facilitate small and large group discussions.

Day 3: Building LGBTQ Competency (cont.) and Responding to Bias

Practice identifying and calling out biased statements. Review and practice answering frequently encountered biased questions. Participate in small-group knowledge review and facilitation practice exercises.

Day 4: Curriculum Test Out

Complete test on facilitation skills, content delivery, and training management strategies. Complete a post-test to measure LGBTQ competency and pass to receive a RISE Train the Trainer Certification.

Day 5: Coaching and Re-test

Participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one coaching and a re-test if they fail any portion of the test out day.


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