Public Education, Training
OK2BME often consults with local teachers, youth workers, businesses and service providers on how to deal with specific issues. We also act as a referral source for other resources and services.
The OK2BME Program of KW Counselling Services has been a key player in supporting the LGBTQ2+ population in the Waterloo Region for more than 12 years and we are able to offer a holistic and comprehensive training on the topic of LGBTQ2+ inclusivity and affirmation from a number of different perspectives. Our educators all have a Masters degree and many years of experience delivering engaging and educational workshops to diverse professionals, community members and students in middle school, high school and university.
We now offer free in-house training to community members and professionals who are interested in learning more about the topic. These free training opportunities are funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant. Please scroll down to see a listing of these events or visit our calendar. Please note that this public education series is free for people within Waterloo Region but there will be a $60.00 fee charged for folks attending from outside of Waterloo Region. This fee is payable at our front desk. If the fee is a barrier, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of our in-house public education series, you can request a fee for service training at your organization.
OK2BME offers a variety of public education and training services. Our staff provide interactive and engaging workshops on a host of LGBTQ+ related topics including:
- LGBTQ2+ 101
- Trans 101
- Working with Gender Independent Children and Youth
- LGBTQ2+ and Social Justice
- Best Practices for GSA Creation and Growth
- About OK2BME
- LGBTQ2+ Issues in Education
- Becoming an LGBTQ2+-Inclusive Agency
- Working with LGBQ Youth as a Clinician
- Working with Trans Youth as a Clinician
- LGBTQ2+ Families
- Bill 89, Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017
- Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code
We can also tailor a training event to meet your needs. OK2BME also provides dynamic public education sessions for classrooms of all age levels.
To request a training session contact our OK2BME Coordinator, Wash Silk at email@example.com or 519.884.0000 x213
OK2BME 2019 Public Education Sessions Schedule
Please note that this public education series is free for people within Waterloo Region but there will be a $60.00 fee charged for folks attending from outside of Waterloo Region. This fee is payable at our front desk. If the fee is a barrier, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intimate Partner Violence in the Rainbow Community:
Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
This two-hour workshop covers gender and sexuality 101, the unique circumstances of intimate partner violence in the rainbow community, common barriers LGBTQ2+ people face accessing services, and what service providers can do to increase capacity and better support LGBTQ2+ survivors. The workshop will be delivered by the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
How to Talk to Your LGBTQ2+ Kid or Clients about Sex and Dating
Date: May 31, 2019
Time: 9am – 1pm
This workshop is for professionals, parents and caregivers that support LGBTQ2+ youth. Workshop participants will learn how approach LGBTQ2+ teens with meaningful, accurate, positive and stigma free information about sex and dating. The workshop is delivered in partnership with SHORE and ACCKWA. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
Becoming an LGBTQ2+-Inclusive Agency: Bill C-16
Date: June 10, 2019
Time: 9am – 12pm
This workshop would benefit professionals in both non-profit or for-profit industries, including HR Professionals, Management and Supervisory Staff, and Executive Directors.
In this workshop, participants will learn about key practices to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for LGBTQ2+ employees. Participants will be provided with information about Bill C-16, its implications for Canadian workplaces, and suggestions for application. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
Parenting Gender Independent Kids
Date: July 9, 2019
Time: 5 – 8pm
The workshop is designed to address the unique challenges that may be faced by parents of children or teens who identify as gender independent or transgender. Within a positive and open environment, parents and caregivers will learn practical skills to encourage open communication, understand and support the emotional experiences of our kids, and provide positive structure and guidance. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
Key Clinical Practices for supporting Transgender Individuals
Date: Sept 23, 2019
Time: 9am – 12pm
This workshop will be most beneficial to mental health professionals, such as social workers, therapists, counsellors, support workers.
Participants in this training will gain an understanding of Affirmative Therapy, which will provide information about how to support transgender clients in an affirming and inclusive way through the application of a therapeutic frameworks that are trauma informed and can be easily applied in combination with any therapeutic approach. Participants will also further develop their understanding of gender identity, development and expression as well as learn key factors around supporting clients social, medical and legal transition needs. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
Supporting LGBTQ2+ Students’ Success in Schools
Date: October 8, 2019
Time: 9am – 12pm
This workshop will be most beneficial to individuals interacting with the school system, including teachers, parents or guardians, mental health professionals, child and youth workers, and guidance counsellors.
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to understand the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ2+ students in the school system. This workshop will provide practical suggests for how adults can encourage, develop, and provide inclusive and affirming supports for LGBTQ2+ students. Participants will also learn about gender identity development and key support practices. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
Key Clinical Practices for Supporting LGBQ+ Individuals
Date: Nov 19th
Time: 9am – 12pm
This workshop will be most beneficial to mental health professionals, such as social workers, therapists, counsellors, and support workers.
Participants in this training will gain an understanding of Affirmative Therapy practices, which will provide information about how to support LGBQ+ clients in an affirming and inclusive way. Participants will also further develop their understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the unique experiences of LGBQ+ service users when accessing the mental healthcare system. Register at: https://kwcounselling.eventbrite.ca
Past Workshop Posters:
OK2BME has provided training and public education for a wide variety of community organizations including:
Corporations & Businesses:
- RBC Royal Bank
- Perimeter Institute
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing
- Waterloo Region District School Board
- Waterloo Catholic District School Board
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation-Waterloo Region
- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
- Ontario Academic Advising Professionals
- University of Waterloo
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- Conestoga College
- Canadian Independent College
Social Service Organizations:
- EGALE Human Rights Trust
- Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region
- WAYVE: Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere
- Vanier Institute for Women
- SHORE Centre
- Guelph Sexuality Conference
- Settlement Workers
- The City of Kitchener