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Inclusive and Affirming Human Service Organizations

 

We currently offer free workshops and a workbook to help human service organizations create more inclusive and affirming services. Our efforts focus on Mid- and North Vancouver Island as well as the Gulf Islands.

 

The workshop is focused on organizational development to assist organizations become more inclusive and affirming of sexual and gender diverse (SGD) people. SGD is an umbrella term used to describe a range of sexual and gender identities (e.g., 2SLGBTQI+) which are constantly evolving. This workshop is not designed for interpersonal skill development. 

 

Existing research suggests that SGD people, particularly seniors, often do not disclose sexual orientation or gender identity to care providers. If we don’t know who we are serving, we cannot provide the tailored, person-centred care we all want to offer! 

 

If services are not inclusive and affirming, care or support may be avoided, delayed, inappropriate, incomplete, and even harmful.

 

Goal

The goal is to create more inclusive and affirming local human services. Inclusive and affirming services increase timely, comprehensive, and appropriate services, as well as decrease the risk of abuse or neglect. 

 

Creating more inclusive spaces will lead to greater retention and engagement of SGD staff as well!

 

Invitation 

Many people will hear about the workshop through a short invitational presentation provided through local networks.

 

Directors and managers of human services organizations are welcome to attend and are invited to register for scheduled workshops in their communities. 

 

Surveys

Each participating organization will be asked to complete a short survey before the event and a few months after the event to help determine the value of the workshop and related workbook. 

 

Workshop

The workshop is three hours long. Attendees are provided with a workbook to help their organizations become more inclusive and affirming. The recommendations within the workbook are reviewed during the workshop. The workshop is intended to help managers build a network of others who are improving their services.  

 

During the workshop participants will:

  • Be offered presentation options to help motivate the organization’s leadership to prioritize SGD inclusive and affirming services. 

  • Start on the path to inclusive and affirming services.

  • Become familiar with the workbook and how it can help organizations provide more inclusive and affirming services for SGD clients. The workbook includes strategies in the areas of:​

  • Governance - Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

  • Human Resources

  • Physical and Virtual Environments

  • Programs and Services 

  • Community Engagement

  • Evaluation 

  • Sustainability 

 

Participants are also offered a link to find resources for professional development of staff.

 

Follow-up Meeting

A few months after the workshop, participants will be invited to a follow up gathering to celebrate progress, learn from success and help navigate challenges they face.

Email us at lovecrn1@gmail.com if interested in participating in a workshop in your community.

Resources

Workbook

 

The workbook helps organizations provide more inclusive and affirming services to 2SLGBTQI+ people. The workbook includes strategies in the areas of:

  • Governance - Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

  • Human Resources

  • Physical and Virtual Environments

  • Programs and Services 

  • Community Engagement

  • Evaluation 

  • Sustainability

Workshop Presentation

The presentation provides you with a variety of slides from which you can choose.

 

These slides are intended to encourage your organization to start on the path of more inclusive and affirming services to 2SLGBTQI+ people. The presentation also provides an overview of the strategies.

Contact us at lovecrrn1@gmail.com to ask for the original PowerPoint presentation. 

Foundational and Other Training Resources for Professional Development

 

This is a listing of resources that you can draw on to tailor education to your organization. We plan on updating this resource list soon. 

 

The listing is not comprehensive, there are many other available resources. 

 

There are many tailored resources available for specific settings, or for specific professions. We will not attempt to list all of these. 

Once your organization is certain that its services are inclusive and affirming, prominently display the intersex-inclusive progress pride flag. Get vector files at the link below. 

For a brief history of the intersex -inclusive progress pride flag click here

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