RHO Trainings

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    1. About RHO’s LGBT2SQ health trainings
    2. Available trainings
    3. What to expect when you request a training
    4. Training request forms

    About RHO trainings

    While LGBT2SQ people have many of the same health concerns as the general population, these health needs are affected by a number of issues that are specific to LGBT2SQ communities, and LGBT2SQ people face several barriers to accessing health care. RHO provides training to assist health care and social service providers in their understanding of these issues and to improve their skills in providing equitable and comprehensive services to LGBT2SQ people.

    When it comes to trans and gender-diverse care, primary health care, such as hormone treatment, is not currently a part of the standard medical education curriculum, and many clinicians have never seen (or believe they have never seen) gender-diverse people in their practice. Trans and gender-diverse people are often referred elsewhere, even when their health needs are routine.

    There is currently strong and diverse leadership for gender-diverse folks in communities across the province, that RHO supports through mentorship and networking. However, many regions of the province still lack services, and RHO is working to improve that, in part through training.

    Rainbow Health Ontario encourages all participants to attend Introduction to LGBT2SQ and Health Needs as a prerequisite to other RHO trainings. All of our training sessions can be tailored and customized for different audiences, including front-line staff, mental health workers, counselors, management or board directors and volunteers.

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Available RHO trainings

Training descriptions in this section

  1. Introduction to LGBT2SQ and health heeds
  2. Introduction to LGBT2SQ emotional and mental health
  3. LGBT Seniors and health needs
  4. Removing the barriers: making your organization LGBT2SQ-positive
  5. Transition in the workplace
  6. Foundations for all health care providers working with trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming adult clients (19+)
  7. Transition-Related Hormone Therapy in Primary Care (5.0 Mainpro-M1 credits)
  8. Transition-related Surgeries: planning, referral, and care (5.5 Mainpro-M1 credits)
  9. Foundations for trans-positive counselling
    (This program can be tailored for practitioners counselling children and youth, or adults)

1. Introduction to LGBT2SQ and health needs

The interactive workshop provides an overview of LGBT2SQ in North America and a global perspective.

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The session addresses the myths and stereotypes, history of LGBT2SQ, assumptions, exploring the differences between sexual behavior versus sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expressions and health needs of LGBT2SQ communities. Participants will explore various LGBT2SQ terms and definitions, case scenarios and the impact of homo/bi/trans phobia on health. Participants will learn of culturally competent practices and how to provide good care. The session uses a blended learning style utilizing didactic, videos, quiz/ exercises and case scenarios. Presented by Rainbow Health Ontario staff.

2. Introduction to LGBT2SQ emotional and mental health

Canadian studies show that LGBT2SQ people report higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, poorer self-perceived mental health status, and higher rates of lifetime suicidality relative to their heterosexual peers.

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Furthermore, there is evidence to show that substance use may be higher in LGBT2SQ communities, and that patterns of use are different. This workshop explores how social stigma, shame and discrimination can affect LGBT2SQ people’s mental and emotional health, including how external negative situations become internalized and how unhealthy coping strategies can develop. Participants will also learn about practical and psychological supports that can protect the individual and promote resilience.  Presentation includes didactic, interactive exercises, videos and case studies will provide participants with evidence-based learning, new strategies and skills. This workshop is for health and social service professionals; it is not focused on psychotherapy practice. Presented by Rainbow Health Ontario staff.

3. LGBT seniors and health needs

The workshop explores the impact of aging and LGBT.

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The session addresses their challenges growing up in an era when it was criminal to be LGBT, the experiences of LGBT seniors navigating the health care system and the lack of sensitive services for senior LGBT. Participants will learn of the societal factors that impact LGBT seniors and how to improve services, provide sensitive and competent health care to the invisible population. Explore the steps to create an LGBT-positive environment in long-term care homes for seniors. Presented by Rainbow Health Ontario staff.

4. Removing the barriers: making your organization LGBT2SQ-positive

The workshop uses an anti-oppression/anti-racism framework to examine the process of developing organizational sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse LGBT2SQ communities.

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The session addresses creating a positive and welcoming work environment for both LGBT2SQ staff and clients. The interactive workshop will explore various strategies such as specific programs, HR policies, community consultation and LGBT2SQ representation in organizations. The workshop will address steps at board level, management, front-line to volunteer to provide and deliver equitable services and access for LGBT2SQ communities. (This session Removing the Barriers is a mini audit of mission, vision, all programs, services, intake forms, all policies, signage, webpage, online contents, online images, hard copies of brochures, washroom access, etc. This session is usually most effective for organizations after attending the training Introduction to LGBT2SQ and Health Needs). Presented by Rainbow Health Ontario staff.

5. Transition in the Workplace

The workshop is for organizations when staff transition and/ or when a hiring trans-identified staff.

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The session addresses an introduction to sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expressions. We will explore an overview of inclusive pronouns and inclusive language, record of employment and name (legal, preferred/chosen), guidelines as per policy of Ontario Human Rights on Gender Identity and Expression, all gender washrooms, policy for medical transition, parental leave and pregnancy leave for trans and gender diverse persons. Presented by Rainbow Health Ontario staff.

6. Foundations for all health care providers working with trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming adult clients (19+)

This training is 6 hours including breaks. It be shortened to 3 hours but this is not recommended. It’s for all members of health and social services organizations.

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Summary: Introductory cultural humility module on gender diversity

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Explain trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and Two Spirit terms and concepts accurately
2. Explain the difference between sex, gender, gender identity and gender expression
3. Use inclusive language in daily interactions with patients/clients
4. Identify social determinants of health for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming populations
5. Recognize how cisnormativity influences health care and health care access
6. Identify transphobia in the context of other systems such as patriarchy, racism, and colonization
7. Recognize and address barriers to care
8. Provide a welcoming and respectful environment for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients

7. Transition-Related Hormone Therapy in Primary Care (5.0 Mainpro-M1 credits)

This session is 6 hours including breaks and cannot be shortened. It’s for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Physician’s Assistants and students of these disciplines.

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Summary: Initiating and monitoring hormone therapy for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients in primary care.

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Provide community-based gender-affirming services to trans and gender diverse clients;
  2. Take a gender history, assess and diagnose gender dysphoria in accordance with WPATH Standards of Care;
  3. Describe the informed consent process for initiating hormone therapy;
  4. Conduct hormone planning visits;
  5. Initiate and monitor transition related hormone therapy;
  6. Utilize clinical guidelines to inform and guide practice.

8. Transition-related Surgeries: planning, referral, and care (5.5 Mainpro-M1 credits)

This session is 6.5 hours including breaks and it cannot be shortened. This session is for: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Social Workers, Registered Psychologists, and students of these disciplines, because these are the five professions designated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to make referrals for transition-related surgeries.

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Summary: Learning to conduct surgery planning visits with patients and make referrals for transition-related surgeries

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain transition related surgeries
  2. Understand the system of trans surgical care in Ontario
  3. Apply the WPATH SOC criteria for surgery
  4. Conduct surgery planning visits
  5. Complete the MOHLTC Request for Prior Approval for Funding SRS Form
  6. Write a transition related surgery referral letter

9. Foundations for trans-positive counselling
(This program can be tailored for practitioners counselling children and youth, or adults)

This session is 6 hours including breaks. It’s for mental health providers and students practicing psychotherapy, counselling, and/or advocacy in a variety of settings. This includes but is not limited to registered psychologists, registered social workers, registered psychotherapists, addiction counsellors, etc.

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Summary: Introductory counselling module for mental health practitioners with little or no experience working with trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming clients

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and gender dysphoria accurately;
  2. Explain social, legal, and medical transitioning options;
  3. Recognize that transitioning is a process and it is unique for each individual;
  4. Practice according to the WPATH’s Standards of Care;
  5. Identify social determinants of health and the impact of transphobia for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming adults;
  6. Recognize how cisnormativity influences health care and health care access;
  7. Provide trans-positive mental health care in the context of interpersonal and systemic discrimination that affects mental health;
  8. Unpack common counselling issues: depression, anxiety, substance use, relationships through the lens of intersectionality, microaggressions, and minority stress; and
  9. Explore gender expression and gender identity with clients who are at the beginning of their journey.

What to expect when you request a training

Once you’ve submitted a training request using the forms below, a trainer will review your request and will be in touch with you within approximately 7 business days. Please note that our training spots are often booked up months in advance. Our first availability to offer the training you’ve requested may vary according to location, size of the group to be trained, and customization required for your training session.

Training request forms, 1 & 2

To request trainings 1 through 5

1. Introduction to LGBT2SQ and health needs;
2. Introduction to LGBT2SQ emotional and mental health;
3. LGBT seniors and health needs;
4. Removing the barriers: making your organization LGBT2SQ-positive; and/or
5. Transition in the workplace

Please use training request form number one.

To request trainings 6 through 9:

6. Foundations for all health care providers working with trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming adult clients (19+);
7. Transition-Related Hormone Therapy in Primary Care (5.0 Mainpro-M1 credits);
8. Transition-related Surgeries: planning, referral, and care (5.5 Mainpro-M1 credits);
9. Foundations for trans-positive counselling
(This program can be tailored for practitioners counselling children and youth, or adults);

Please use training request form number two.