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Inclusive and Affirming Human Service Organizations

 

LOVE CRN is offering a free three-hour workshop, workbook and related tools to help human services organizations become more affirming and inclusive of sexual and gender diverse (SGD) clients and staff. SGD includes people who identify as 2SLGBTQI+.

 

The workshop is focused on organizational, not interpersonal skill development. Our efforts focus on Vancouver Island as well as the Gulf Islands.

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

 

Goal

Our goal is to create more inclusive and affirming local human services organizations which increase timely, comprehensive, and appropriate services, as well as decrease the risk of abuse or neglect. Inclusive organizations also promote retention and engagement of SGD staff!

Invitation 

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

 

Workshop

Workshop participants are provided with a workbook to help their organizations become more inclusive and affirming. The recommendations in the workbook are reviewed during the workshop. The workshop is designed to help attendees build a network of others who are also improving their services.  

 

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 resources for professional development of staff.

 

Follow-up Meeting

Workshop participants are invited to a follow up gathering a few months after the workshop to celebrate progress, learn from success and help navigate challenges.

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 Learning

Use this resource individually or in groups for foundational learning. 

Additional Learning Resources for Professional Development

 

This is a listing of resources that you can draw on to tailor education to your organization. 

 

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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