Workshop Descriptions: Gender & Transgender Issues
The public attention to trans issues has skyrocketed in recent years. As a result people have many questions, and the proliferation of contradicting opinions and misinformation can be overwhelming. Think Again brings years of experience teaching about trans issues. We can help to help identify the framework and approach that will work best for your group.
Trans 101 / Trans Identities and Experience
Adaptable to 90 minutes – 3 hours.
Trans Cultural Competence / Working Effectively with Your Trans Clients or Students
Many schools and service-providing agencies pride themselves on being “LGBT-friendly.” Yet how prepared are they to serve trans people well? Providers with the best of intentions may not have the skills and knowledge they need to provide skilled support. This workshop is for human service providers and student affairs professionals who want to become more comfortable and competent working with people whose are trans and/or gender-nonconforming.
Participants in this training will identify their own understandings and assumptions about gender and explore how those understandings may affect their work. The trainer will provide general information about transgender communities, including terminology and common trans experiences. Using role-playing and feedback from peers and the trainer, participants will practice using culturally competent behaviors to communicate respect and understanding to trans and gender-nonconforming individuals.
2 hours to full day, depending on group’s previous experience level.
Cissexism (Transgender Oppression) as a Social Justice Issue
Transgender people face systemic exclusion and are often targets of misunderstanding and violence from individuals as well as institutions. Similar to racism, sexism, and many other systems of oppression, cissexism may be difficult to recognize because it is woven so deeply into society – and interwoven with these other systems.
In this workshop the facilitator provides a framework for understanding and identifying transgender oppression on the interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels. Participants explore examples of how cissexism can affect individuals and communities, and identify similarities and differences between transgender oppression and other systems of oppression. Participants will leave the workshop with plans to confront cissexism in at least one area of their lives where they have influence.
Adaptable from 2-6 hours.
Trans Allyship In Action
Being an ally is all about action. Non-trans allies, as well as trans people who want to be allies to trans people whose experiences are different from theirs, sometimes need help translating good intentions into effective action.
Trans 101 Training of Trainers
An advanced training for people who already have significant familiarity with transgender issues, and want to learn how to present effective trans awareness trainings within their organizations. Participants will review facilitation techniques, practice leading the group in relevant learning activities, and receive coaching and feedback from the facilitator and each other.
One to two day training.