The RISE Training for Child Welfare Professionals
This six-hour training teaches child welfare professionals foundational information about sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexual orientation; the coming out process; supporting families; and relevant laws, policies, and best practices for serving LGBTQ youth in the foster care system. Independently researched and evaluated, this training is evidence-based and has been shown to significantly improve participant knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ-relevant concepts and best practices.
Please click below to register for the RISE Training for Trainers Program:
BASIC TRAINING MODULES
LGBTQ 101: Foundational Knowledge for serving LGBTQ Youth in Systems of Care
The foundation module covers LGBTQ-related concepts and terminology. Participants will learn to differentiate between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Strategies for working with Families with LGBTQ Youth
Social service professionals working with LGBTQ youth and their families will learn to identify and assess accepting and rejecting behaviors in an LGBTQ youth’s environment. Participants will also develop skills to discuss the long-term repercussions of family rejection and acceptance with family members and teach them how to integrate affirming behaviors.
Supportive Families, Safe Homes: A Training Caregivers
Foster parents and relative caregivers will learn how to make their homes safe and affirming for LGBTQ youth. Participants will learn LGBTQ terminology and concept basics that will help them build rapport and trust. The training also empowers caregivers to recognize and respond to instances of anti-LGBTQ bias and rejection in their home and their youths’ other environments.
Implementing Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Youth: A Training for Managers and Supervisors
Organizational leadership will learn to coach their staff to recognize and respond to anti-gay bias, anti-transgender bias and heterosexism in their work environment and in a child’s living environment. The training also covers the impact of LGBTQ-affirming environmental cues and participants’ legal and professional responsibilities to protect the physical and emotional well-being of LGBTQ youth.
Addressing Anti-LGBTQ Bullying in Care Giving Settings
National studies have shown that LGBTQ youth and youth who are perceived to be LGBTQ are the most targeted populations for bullying and harassment. Training participants will learn about the different types of bullying, indicators that a child is experiencing bullying, and how to intervene to protect LGBTQ youth while creating a culture of inclusivity and respect.
ADVANCED TRAINING MODULES
Supporting Youth Through Their Coming Out Process
Prerequisite: LGBTQ 101
Training participants will gain a deeper understanding of the potential benefits and challenges of the coming out process. Participants will receive tools to assess the levels of rejection and acceptance the youth is experiencing in their coming out process and how to help the youth build a supportive network.
Supporting Transgender and Gender-Variant Youth in Systems of Care
Prerequisite: LGBTQ 101
Participants will gain skills and develop tools to support transgender and gender-variant youth in understanding their identities, accessing supportive services, and making decisions about social and medical gender-affirming transitions.
Intersectionality and How it Affects LGBTQ Youth in Care
*prerequisite: LGBTQ 101
All children in foster care have their own unique identities and histories. This training empowers participants to develop a lens through which they can see all of their clients’ many and intersecting identities and how the oppressions associated with some of those identities may compound barriers to success for LGBTQ youth. With this lens, providers can help youth navigate these barriers and access appropriate services and programs.
All modules are two hours in length. Training attendance is limited to 35 participants. RISE will provide all training materials, resources, and a Powerpoint of the training(s) purchased. Training modules cost $250 for one (1), $450 for two (2), and $650 for three (3). Agencies requesting three or more modules will receive an individualized quote.