Public Education, Training
and Consultation

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 GrantPlease 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 wsilk@kwcounselling.com.

Outside of our in-house public education series, you can request a fee for service training at your organization.

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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 wsilk@kwcounselling.com or 519.884.0000 x213

OK2BME 2018 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 wsilk@kwcounselling.com.

Download a flyer with all details here

Becoming an LGBTQ2+-Inclusive Agency: Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code
Friday April 27 9am-12pm

Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required

Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

This workshop would benefit professionals in both non-profit or for-profit industries, including HR Professionals, Management and Supervisory Staff, 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.

To register please visit: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Key Clinical Practices for supporting Transgender Individuals

Friday May 18 9am-12pm

Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required

Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

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 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.

To register please visit: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Polyamory and you and you…Best Practices for Supporting Poly and Non-Monogamous Clients
Wednesday June 13, 2018

This workshop will be most beneficial to mental health professionals, such as social workers, therapists, counsellors, support workers, as well as those curious to know more about poly relationships/dynamics.

Participants in this training will gain an understanding of the dynamics of polyamorous relationships and best practices for supporting poly clients, which will include Affirmative Therapy practices. Participants will also further develop their understanding of terminology, polyamory dynamics, the impact of stereotypes and barriers service users may experience when engaging community supports.

To register please visit: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Key Clinical Practices for Supporting LGBQ+ Individuals
Tuesday July 24 9am-12pm
Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required
Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

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 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.

To register please visit: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Open Spaces: LGBTQ+ 101 and Allyship
Monday August 13 9am-12pm
Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required
Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

This workshop will be most beneficial to anyone looking to develop knowledge about gender identity, which may include community members, parents, social service providers, and teachers.

This workshop will explore a range of topics related to gender identity, including terminology and key concepts. This workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to learn about transgender identities and experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from group discussion.

To register please visits: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Supporting LGBTQ2+ Families, including Bill 89
Tuesday Sept 18 9am-12pm
Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required
Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

This workshop will be most beneficial to mental health professionals, such as social workers, therapists, counsellors, support workers.

This workshop will explore the key practices in supporting LGBTQ2+ families, with a specific focus on parents and siblings of transgender youth. We also learn about the implications of Bill 89 and how it relates to supporting transgender youth.

To register please visits: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Key Mental Health Considerations for LGBTQ2+ Seniors
Tuesday October 16 9am-12pm
Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required
Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

This workshop will be most beneficial to mental health professionals, such as social workers, therapists, counsellors, support workers.

This workshop will focus on the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ2+ older adults when accessing mental health care. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the historical role of the medical and mental health system in relation to the LGBTQ2+ community in Canada and current day challenges for aging LGBTQ2+ community members.

To register please visits: https://ok2bmelearning.eventbrite.ca

 

Supporting LGBTQ2+ Students Success in Schools
Wednesday November 28 9am-12pm
Fee: Free, limited spaces available, registration required
Location: KW Counselling Services 480 Charles St East

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, 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 suggestions 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.

To register please visits: https://ok2bmelearning.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
  • Manulife
  • Perimeter Institute
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Educational Organizations:

  • 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
  • Extend-A-Family
  • Lutherwood
  • WAYVE: Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere
  • Vanier Institute for Women
  • SHORE Centre
  • Guelph Sexuality Conference
  • Settlement Workers
  • Telecare
  • The City of Kitchener
  • YWCA