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2811 Second Concession

Brockville, ON K6V 5T1

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LBGTQ2S 101 Training

Description of the day’s sessions:

1. Introduction to LGBTQ2S and Health Needs
The interactive workshop provides an overview of LGBTQ2S in North America and a global perspective. The session addresses the stereotypes, history of LGBTQ, assumptions, exploring the differences between sex and gender, sexual behavior versus sexual orientation and exploring gender identity and gender expressions. The participants will learn of various LGBTQ2S terms and definitions and health disparities affecting gender independent children (GIC), LGBTQ youth, adults, seniors, francophone, racialized and newcomer LGBTQ communities. We will explore an overview of trans related care; transition, hormones, access to transition related surgeries (TRS), inclusive pronouns and language, OHIP card, and all gender washrooms. Participants will learn of clinical and culturally competent practices, cultural safety and humility, and how to provide good health care. The session uses a blended learning style utilizing didactic, videos, quiz/ exercises and case scenarios.

Objectives:

  • Deconstruct LGBTQ2S stereotypes
  • Gender identities and gender expressions; going beyond the binary
  • Sexual behaviors vs. sexual orientations; broadening the definition of sexual fluidity
  • Increase confidence to provide cultural competent services and programs to LGBTQ2S communities

2. LGBTQ2S Emotional and Mental Health

Canadian studies show that LGBTQ2S people report higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, poorer self-perceived mental health status, and higher rates of lifetime suicidality relative to heterosexuals. Furthermore, there is evidence to show that substance use may be higher in LGBTQ2S communities due to homo/bi/transphobia and that patterns of use are different. This session will explores how social stigma and discrimination can affect LGBTQ2S people’s mental and emotional health, become internalized and how unhealthy coping strategies can develop. We will learn of inclusive counselling tips, intersectional framework that incorporates lived experiences, coming out processes, and psychological supports that can protect the individual, affirm sense of self and promote resilience.

Objectives:

  • Understand health disparities and needs of LGBTQ2S
  • Provide culturally and clinically competent healthcare and social services

3. Removing the Barriers: Making your organization LGBTQ2S friendly

The session uses an anti-oppression/anti-racism framework to examine the process of developing organizational sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse LGBTQ2S communities. The session addresses creating a positive and welcoming work environment for both LGBTQ2S staff and clients. The workshop will explore various strategies such as specific programs, HR policies, Intake forms, signage, brochures, and online images. We will view various samples of inclusive practices and forms to make the organizational space more LGBTQ friendly.

Objective:

  • Making the organization, service and programs LGBTQ2S positive; language, forms, signage, washroom use and waiting areas

Presenter Bio:

Devan Nambiar, MSc. coordinates all of RHO’s training and education initiatives and delivers most of RHO's core training. He has been working in the LGBTQ and ethno-racial MSM/HIV sector for over 20 years. In his professional capacity, he is a guest lectures at medical schools on LGBTQ clinical and cultural competencies, provides input on community based research and has served on numerous boards and ethics review committees."

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