A few examples of trainings we offer include:
Youth Related Trainings
Queer 101 for Schools -- a foundational TK-12th grade training for all staff (classified, credentialed and/or admin) covering queer vocabulary, key concepts, and our roles/responsibilities as schools*
How to Support a Gender Expansive Youth: Parents/Guardians Edition-- Groups of parents and/or schools with Rainbow Task Forces are invited to inquire about a special training, supporting parents/guardians in understanding best practices for supporting youth who are trans, non-binary, genderqueer, gender expansive, and/or questioning their genders.
Community, Business, & Nonprofit Trainings
Gender 101 -- learning the basics of gender diversity, pronoun use and what to do when you make a mistake.
Exploring the Gender Galaxy -- a combination of gender diversity education and personal reflection, this training builds understanding of gender diversity, how gender impacts us, and supports individuals in deepening their understanding of their own gender through engaging in a journey of self exploration.
Trans and Non-Binary Informed Therapy -- This training is for therapists looking to build competency in working with people who identify as trans or non-binary, gender expansive youth and/or people questioning their genders. The training will include information on key concepts and vocabulary, pronoun usage, the cornerstones of gender affirming care, the role of grief and trauma in gender transitions, letter writing for surgery referrals, coordinating care with medical providers, and more.
Therapist Consultations-- Individual and small group consultations are available for local therapists interested in expanding their capacity for supporting trans/non-binary community members seeking mental health support.
Additional School Based Supports:
Rainbow Task Force (RTF) -- One time trainings can be helpful, but often are not enough to result in lasting systemic improvements. An RTF is a group of staff who meet once a month to address the ongoing, specific needs of a school or district. This professional learning community creates systemic change through a continuous growth model (assessing local needs/priorities, setting goals, making a plan, implementing the plan, monitoring progress/assessing impact, adapting the plan and reassessing next steps towards building inclusive, welcoming school communities). Queer Humboldt facilitates these monthly groups, providing resources and background support as needed. The work is driven by the specific priorities of your unique community and the group is designed to foster internal leadership, supporting the professional development of caring educators who are passionate about 2-Spirit and LGBTQ topics in schools.
Gender Support Plan (GSP) Meeting Facilitation -- The GSP template is available for free at GenderSpectrum.org and is a helpful resources for schools supporting trans and nonbinary youth. When a student comes out as transgender/non-binary, or is new to a school, there are many trans related details to consider, such as which bathrooms/locker rooms will be used, what name will show up on school documents, what pronouns will be used, what the supports are in place if there is an experience of transphobia, etc. A Gender Support Plan is a written document that is created collaboratively, using a student centered approach, building personal agency and preventatively addressing likely scenarios before problems occur. A facilitator from Queer Humboldt can facilitate a GSP meeting, or can train a staff member to facilitate such a meeting. GSPs are very user friendly, but having a professional facilitator can help, especially for schools that are new to using this resource.
Family Education Events -- Guardian/Parent education can be a key aspect to improving the quality of life for trans and nonbinary youth. Districts with a Queer Humboldt Rainbow Task Force are invited to inquire about outfacing educational events, such as an Exploring the Gender Galaxy workshop for Families and How to Support a Gender Expansive Youth: Parents/Guardians Edition.