All Bryson Institute trainings are specifically designed and tailored for the unique needs of different organizations.
Serving audiences from 5-75 participants
Workshops available for youth, social service providers, professionals, parents (foster, adoptive, and biological), corporate communities – anyone!
Offering presentations ranging from one hour to a full-day to multi-training series
Adaptable presentation style – interactive activities, PowerPoint presentations, group discussions
Attic Youth Panelists often accompany trainers and share their experience with your audience and open themselves up to questions and conversation.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) soon to be available for professionals
Some of our available trainings include:
Within our introductory training, we address the head, heart, and hand of the matter – providing basic information on LGBTQ individuals (i.e. vocabulary, demographics, etc.), building empathy and understanding around the particular barriers faced by LGBTQ people, and developing short- and long-term personal and organizational action steps toward building a safer and more supportive community for everyone to prosper in together. This training can be structured for members of all age groups, from middle and high school aged classrooms to adults in a plethora of professions and social contexts.
LGBTQ Students in K-12 Classrooms
As more and more young people begin to speak up about their experiences with harassment in the classroom, we are learning about the importance of having real conversations with students of all ages about difference and respect. However, many educators and administrators are unfamiliar with how to broach this topic within an academic setting. The Bryson Institute assists you by facilitating these initial conversations by using interactive activities that range from performance art to team-building games, and age-appropriate material that students find both engaging and accessible. Our emphasis is frequently around how we relate to each other – When I say this word, how does it make my peers feel? If I’m upset at school, who should I talk to? – as well as how we understand each other – What does LGBTQ mean anyhow? Why does it matter to me? All trainings are adapted to optimally fit each classroom we enter, be it 5th graders or high school seniors.
LGBTQ Training for Healthcare Settings
With less access to adequate and accessible health care options, large numbers of LGBTQ people are often left with unaddressed answers, risks, and health care needs. What are the primary health care risks for intersex people that health care providers should know about? Why are transgender people less likely to be able to access health care? This training provides information on best practices for healthcare providers working with LGBTQ patients. We focus on the ways in which sexual orientation and gender identity present themselves in the healthcare context, common concerns that may be experienced or presented by LGBTQ individuals in the medical field, and ways to make your clinical environment more inclusive, supportive, and empowering for your patients.
LGBTQ for Social Service Providers
Under the broad field of social services, social workers see individuals through some of their best, and sometimes most dire situations. In order to better serve our communities, it is imperative to look at individuals not just for the issues they may present when they first step through our doors, but also as their holistic selves. In what ways have this LGBTQ client’s sexual orientation impacted their ability to find housing? A job? A trusted support system? This training provides information on the LGBTQ community, barriers they may experience prior to their entry into an organization, and working with participants to develop intentional steps for creating a more inclusive and supportive organization.
Interwoven Transitions Training for Child Welfare Service Providers
Designed in collaboration with a group of LGBTQ youth who have themselves been in foster care or group homes, the “Interwoven Transitions” training provides foster parents and child welfare service providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to build inclusive and respectful environments that ensure the safety and positive development of LGBTQ youth in these specific systems. Within this training, we present basic information on LGBTQ identity, build empathy and understanding around the particular barriers faced by LGBTQ youth within the child welfare system, and develop short- and long-term individual and organizational action steps toward building a safer and more supportive community. In addition, the training includes two LGBTQ youth who share their narratives and open themselves to questions from the audience.
Reconciling LGBTQ Individuals and Faith Communities
With the rising visibility of LGBTQ people in faith communities, many are asking questions that they have not had asked before. What is the discussion going on around LGBTQ issues within my faith community? Why should my faith community be LGBTQ inclusive? How do I know if it is? At the Bryson Institute, not only do we ensure that we stay regularly involved with local faith communities, we know that there are very specific concerns within these communities and we address them as thoughtfully as possible. With a broad array of insight and information regarding the intersections of faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity, we are able to come to your space of worship to assist you in facilitating healthy conversations about how to reconcile belief systems previously thought to be inherently conflicting and implementing approaches appropriate to your environment to make it an LGBTQ-friendly space.
LGBTQ Individuals in the Criminal/Juvenile Justice Systems
LGBTQ individuals within the criminal justice system are frequently an invisible or ignored population. For some individuals, entrance into the system is a direct result of homophobia, biphobia, and/or transphobia they have experienced. A higher level of understanding is needed by the professionals involved in these systems as to the various needs of diverse LGBTQ populations while they are under their care. Through lecture, experiential activities, and group/panel discussions, this training assists participants in acquiring the knowledge and skills to understand and support LGBTQ individuals within the criminal and/or juvenile justice system. Topics covered include: terms regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, difficulties individuals face in “coming out”, trends involving LGBTQ individuals in the criminal justice system, and action strategies for sensitive and effective service delivery.
Safe Space Ally Training In Colleges and Universities
The high school to college experience is one of great transition, and the impact of a supportive environment on a student’s development into a positive, successful adult cannot be understated. This training focuses on best practices for supporting LGBTQ students in a collegiate environment – discussing everything from facilitating classroom conversations to ensuring a residential space that is safe for all. In addition to providing information on LGBTQ students, we work with participants to brainstorm ways in which everyone from educators to residential assistants and administrators can collectively build an optimal educational environment for all students.
Exploring LGBTQ Identities through Art Education
This interactive workshop, collaboratively designed by Attic youth and staff, provides both instruction about and personalization of sexual orientation and gender identity using a mixed-media art project specifically developed for generating dialogue around issues of identity and difference. The act of art-making creatively enables participants to explore identity and the intrapersonal and interpersonal emotional states involved in self-actualization. We believe that art-making is an invocation of both expression and intellectual inquiry that positively engages participants and creates spaces where a wide range of experiences and perspectives can become communal.
LGBTQ Individuals in the Workplace
A diverse workforce is integral to any innovative and modernized business – driving overall economic growth, representing a broader consumer base, and lending itself to a competitive edge in an increasingly globalized workforce. However, LGBTQ employees remain one of the last minority groups to be recognized as entitled to a supportive work environment, and thus face multiple challenges in lending their skills and expertise to the workforce. Did you know that there is no statewide law in Pennsylvania that protects employees from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity? This means that in over 70% of the state, it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay. While many places of business are taking intentional steps to ensure their LGBTQ employees are protected against discrimination, the nuances of a safe and supportive workplace often remain unexplored. This workshop will assist businesses of all sizes in developing an understanding of the experiences and unique strengths of the LGBTQ workforce, surveying their existing climate, and developing action steps for building an environment in which employees can bring their whole selves to their work.
Institute staff are available to work individually with clients to assess your organization’s needs and current cultural strengths and weaknesses, as well as to create specific goals. The Institute provides consulting services on creating a more inclusive environment, and may include recommendations for policy or programmatic changes as well as trainings and workshops. Most of all, Institute staff work with clients to create the capacity to run sustainable programs that integrate diversity, respect, and inclusion into the organization’s culture and systems.