FREE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PROVIDERS
TNLR offers help for service providers in making their agency more accessible to LGBQ/T (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender) individuals. We have provided technical assistance to social workers, hospitals, homeless shelters, police, domestic violence programs, sexual assault programs, colleges, and many others. Contact our Director of Education (617) 695-0877 ext.101 or email strategize [at] tnlr [dot] org to set up a meeting in person or over the phone to discuss how we can support your program.
Our Technical Assistance program includes:
- Free help with program policies and procedures
- Free consultation on steps to make your program more LGBQ/T-inclusive
- Trainings for your organization (Our trainings are not free)
- Downloadable brochures, fact sheets and other materials
- Open Minds Open Doors, our free manual for domestic violence programs on LGBQ/T inclusivity
- Power With Power For, our free manual for creating survivor-centered services
TRAININGS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
Flat fee for trainings includes prep tome and training materials (except for screening, see below). Travel and accommodations not included. Sliding scale available. Webinars and video conferencing available. Please allow for up to one week for a response to your training request.
- Partner Abuse in LGBQ/T Communities
- Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Survivors of Partner Abuse
- Creating Survivor-Centered Services Part I: LGBQ/T Accessibility in Your Organization
- Creating Survivor-Centered Services Part II: Interrupting Oppression
- SM is Not Abuse: Understanding Consensual SM and How it Differs from Abuse
1. Partner Abuse in LGBQ/T Communities (4-hour interactive training)
This workshop will present an overview and strategies for service providers to understand LGBQ/T communities, LGBQ/T partner abuse, and ways to support survivors in LGBQ/T communities. Topics to be covered:
- Language, identities and definitions for LGBQ/T communities
- Understanding the difference between gender and sexuality
- Understanding homo/bi/transphobia, heterosexism, and cisgenderism
- Overview of power and control, and dynamics of abuse in LGBQ/T communities
- Similarities and differences in domestic violence between LGBQ/T communities and heterosexual, cisgender communities
- Barriers to support and services
- Respectful language and best practices for providers
- How to support LGBQ/T survivors
2. Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Survivors of Partner Abuse (3-hour interactive training)
This workshop will focus on the barriers mainstream programs may have to serving transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of partner abuse. Providing cultural information; techniques; strategizing around challenges and ways to open up programs, at whatever capacity, to be able to serve trans and non-binary survivors. Topics to be covered:
- Introduction to trans and non-binary communities
- Partner abuse in trans and non-binary communities
- Addressing transphobia with staff and clients
- Respectful language and best practices
- How to support trans and non-binary survivors
3. Creating Survivor-Centered Services I: LGBQ/T Accessibility in Your Organization (3-hour interactive training)
This workshop focuses on creating accessible and inclusive services for LGBQ/T communities. It includes understanding of the barriers that prevent effective support, using respectful language, implementing LGBQ/T inclusive policies and procedures, as well as how to do effective outreach to LGBQ/T communities. Topics to be covered:
- Understanding major issues and obstacles faced by LGBQ/T survivors
- Respectful language and best practices for providers
- Outreach to LGBQ/T communities
- Sample policies, procedures and practices to create LGBQ/T-inclusive services
4. Creating Survivor-Centered Services Part II: Interrupting Oppression ** (8-hour interactive training)
This 8-hour training will present an overview and strategies for service providers to understand oppression and privilege; the connection between oppression and partner abuse, and strategies for interrupting oppression interpersonally and organizationally. Topics to be covered:
- What is oppression and privilege
- Structures and mechanisms used to acquire and maintain power
- Connection between systems of oppression and partner abuse
- Working from an anti-oppression framework
- Strategies and facilitated practice for interrupting oppression
**Previous training on LGBQ/T communities is recommended for this workshop.
5. SM is Not Abuse: Understanding Consensual SM and How it Differs from Abuse (3-hour interactive training)
This workshop was developed by The Network/La Red and The New England Leather Alliance. SM refers to a broad group of behaviors that involve the consensual giving and receiving of intense erotic sensation. Consensual SM is a viable and empowering experience for many when practiced between consenting adults, but some abusers can use SM as a tool of abuse. Topics to be covered:
- Language, definitions, and culture of SM communities
- Difference between consensual SM and abuse
- How to effectively screen for the difference between SM and abuse
- How to speak comfortably to survivors and clients who practice SM.
6. Screening** (8-hour interactive training)
The Intimate Partner Screening Tool was created by the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition of Boston, MA. This training was developed to assist providers in determining who is the abusive partner and who is the survivor in LGBQ/T relationships where abuse is happening. Along with Screening training, we offer practice sessions throughout the year to support programs as they implement screening into their services. Topics to be covered:
- Understanding the importance of screening
- Key elements of the screening tool
- Identifying questions used to gather information for screening
- Demonstration of screening
- Facilitated practice
**Previous training in LGBQ/T partner abuse is required for this workshop. This training can be combined with LGBQ/T partner abuse training for a two-day workshop. The first 25 copies of the screening tool are free, each additional tool costs $5.
LGBQ/T Partner Abuse, the unspoken issue in our communities
This workshop will present an overview of healthy relationships vs. power, control, and abuse in intimate or dating relationships. Because of the belief that “among our own” or within our communities we are safest, partner abuse maybe minimized or not even acknowledged. This workshop will give an overview of what is partner abuse and how to support a LGBQ/T friend, family or community member that is experiencing it.
SM is Not Abuse: Understanding Consensual SM and How it Differs from Abuse
This workshop was developed by The Network/La Red and The New England Leather Alliance.SM refers to a broad group of behaviors that involve the consensual giving and receiving of intense erotic sensation. Consensual SM is a viable and empowering experience for many when practiced between consenting adults, but some abusers can use SM as a tool of abuse.
Format: 1 ½ to 3-hour interactive workshop with video clips. Training handouts, materials and referral information provided.
Cost: Free in Massachusetts for LGBQ/T community/social groups only.
Open Minds Open Doors
A manual on how to transform your domestic violence program to be more inclusive of LGBQ/T survivors.
Power With Power For
A manual on how to create a survivor-centered organization.
• Does your Partner Blame it on you Being Transgender or Genderqueer?
• Does your Partner Blame it on your Bi-Sexuality?
• Is it SM or Abuse? – A Guide for People who Practice SM
• SM is NOT Abuse – A Guide for Professionals
• Does your Partner Blame it on Polyamory?
• Understanding Partner Abuse in Polyamorous Communities – A Guide for Professionals
• The Network/La Red General Brochure
To request materials and/or your free copy of either of our manuals, please fill out this form. Please note that Power With, Power For is currently out of stock. Any requests will be fulfilled once Power With, Power For is restocked. For more information please contact the Outreach and Education Associate at outreach [at] tnlr [dot] org.