Workforce Initiatives & Trainings

Resources for Workforce Development

Animated Short: Learning About Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression

This video, available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, reviews basic terminology that is important to know when working with people who have diverse sexual orientations or gender identities. This terminology includes sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and more.

AFFIRM.ME.: Cuyahoga County’s Guide on Improving Care & Visibility of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved in the Department of Child & Family Services

This guide documents the efforts, successes, and lessons learned that Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services experienced in implementing organizational change efforts within the county to better serve LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Cuyahoga County was successful in identifying LGBTQ+ youth in their care and providing those youth and their families with much-needed services around sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Also available is a standalone infographic outlining Cuyahoga County’s systems change journey.

Free E-Learning Module: Promoting Emotional Well-being for LGBTQ Youth

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Program is excited to offer this FREE online learning module for social workers, counselors, educators and other youth-serving professionals in partnership with the National SOGIE Center. This self-paced course takes approximately one-hour to complete and participants can earn one free CEC. This module offers an opportunity for youth-serving professionals to learn how to best promote safety, health, and well-being for LGBTQ youth at home, at school, and in systems of care.

The UConn School of Social Work is approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health to provide continuing education credits (CECs) for social workers. The School is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The University of Connecticut is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Video on Gender Affirming Care

This 25-minute video, created by the Ruth Ellis Center, is for providers, for parents, doctors, therapists — anyone who is serving those who are trans or non-binary to better understand how to serve them, what resources are available to educate themselves about medicine or non-medical transitioning and language that’s more accessible to them to serve clients better.

Tip sheet: Supporting the Behavioral Health Workforce to Implement Best Practices for LGBTQ+ People

All behavioral health care organizations provide services to LGBTQ+ people and their families, regardless of the organization’s size, location, or type of service provided. Therefore, it is imperative for organizational leadership to put policies and practices in place that affirm LGBTQ+ people. This tip sheet outlines actions leaders can take to support their workforce in being more welcoming and inclusive. This resource was created by our Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity in partnership with the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center.

Recorded Symposium: The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19

The Philadelphia Coalition for Queer Justice and Intersectional Equity partnered with Innovations Institute to host a two-day virtual symposium on the state of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system and how their experiences have changed in light of COVID-19. This symposium gathered medical professionals, child welfare workers, prevention workers, mentors, and executives from a variety of disciplines. Together we elevated the voices of experts to a national audience in the pursuit of equity for our LGBTQ+ youth.

Video: Supporting LGBTQ Youth Starts at Home

Watch our animated short, Supporting LGBTQ Youth Starts at Home. This animation focuses on the impact of rejection children, youth, and young adults can experience in their homes and communities and provides examples and strategies to promote support, acceptance and affirmation of youth with diverse SOGIE.

The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity Webinar Series

Each month, our Center of Excellence hosts webinars and Ask our Experts sessions focused on the best and latest practices to decrease behavioral health disparities impacting LGBTQ+ children, youth, young adults, adults, and older adults. CECs are available at no cost!

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