updated 12-27-2012

Training and Technical Assistance

MTPC provides professional trainings on a variety of transgender-related topics. We also provide technical assistance for human resources professionals who are developing forms and policies regarding trans issues. Fees start at $150 per hour depending on the type of training, length, location, and number of trainers needed. All fees support MTPC’s ongoing efforts.

 

 

Contact training@masstpc.org for more information on any of our trainings.

Trainings

All of our trainings include:

  • Specific tailoring to your groups needs
  • Relevant handouts and resource information
  • Goal Planning (for workshops over 2 hours)
  • Follow-up technical assistance (for 1/2 day or full day workshops)

Transgender 101

(1 – 1½ hours)

A basic overview of transgender terms and community information, includes viewing 2-3 videos stories from our I AM: Trans People Speak campaign and a facilitated discussion.

Audience: College classes, brown bag lunches, general public, community groups, and congregations

Emerging Responses: An Introduction to Including Transgender Individuals and Communities in Service Provision

(2-3 hours)

Massachusetts has recognized transgender people with enactment of the statewide law An Act Relative to Gender Identity, which adds transgender people to other protected classes for non-discrimination in employment, housing, education, and credit. Transgender individuals deal with a myriad of issues including significant health and economic disparities, which are often created by discrimination, bias, violence and flawed practices. In terms of housing and homelessness, 10% of transgender adults surveyed had become homeless because of their gender identity/expression and 22% had to find temporary space to stay/sleep.

Training curriculum and activities encompass collaborative learning models including case studies; presentation of terminology and relevant cultural information; skills building exercises; and problem solving techniques for supporting transgender participants.

This workshop will provide:

  • An introduction to the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • An introduction to transgender terminology and cultural aspects;
  • Examples of ways to be an ally and build trust;
  • Examples of inclusive policies, procedures, and practices.

Audience: Diversity professionals, health and human service workers/professionals/administrators, shelter staff, social workers, educators, nurses, mental health professionals, and drug and alcohol treatment providers.

Paper Trail: Assisting Transgender Individuals with Changing Identity Documents

(1½ – 2 hours)

Identity documents such as state ID/driver’s licenses, birth certificates, passports, and social security cards have a significant day-to-day impact on transgender people, but all have different procedures for changing a name and/or a gender. Many transgender people deal with issues of changing identity documents and this can be even more complicated if someone does not have a permanent address. Having mismatched documents can impact accessing services, getting on transportation, or having to come out to potential employers, landlords, or service providers. Assisting a transgender individual in changing their identity documents to reflect their name and gender can mean the difference between being outed and/or denied access to services and being in control of personal medical information, their identity, and their dignity.

This workshop will present an overview of the policies, procedures, and practices of changing identity documents. Participants will leave with concrete tools and resources in assisting their clients.

Audience: Case managers, health and human service workers, shelter staff, social workers, mental health professionals, and drug and alcohol treatment providers.

Creating a Transgender-Welcoming College Environment

(1/2 day or full day)

Training curriculum and activities encompass collaborative learning models including case studies; presentation of terminology and relevant cultural information; skills building exercises; and problem solving techniques for supporting transgender students, professors, and employees.

  • Difference between sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Creating policies, practices, and procedures to support transgender and gender questioning students
  • Approaches to creating a welcoming college for transgender communities

Audience: Career development staff, school administrators, health center counselors, social workers, educators, and LGBT and/or diversity center staff.

Emerging Responses: An Introduction to Transgender Individuals in the Workplace

(1½ – 3 hours and can be tailored for all levels of management and front line staff/employees)

Most companies of any size will encounter a transgender person at some point, either through current or new customers, and/or new, or existing employees. Providing culturally competent policies, services, and practices will increase your customer base and customer loyalty as well as a build a more confident customer service team and employees. In addition, Massachusetts has recognized transgender people with enactment of the statewide law An Act Relative to Gender Identity, which adds transgender people to other protected classes for non-discrimination in employment, housing, education, and credit. There are approximately 33,000 transgender people in living and working in Massachusetts and this presentation will highlight personal experiences of transgender men and women, family members and friends through videos from the I AM: Trans People Speak collection as a way to understand this emerging community. There will be an overview terms, statistics, and tips to support transgender employees and their co-workers in promoting an inclusive workplace.

The Numbers:

  • Introduction and conversation about some of the numbers using specific stats from Massachusetts from the 2009 National Discrimination Survey and Mass Dept Public Health LGBT Health Survey 2009
  • Brief overview of terminology

The Stories behind the Numbers:

  • Videos about individual experiences.
  • Modeling respectful behavior toward transgender employees and constituents
  • Steps employers can take to support transgender employees

This training encompasses collaborative learning by using case studies and role-play methods, providing cultural information, skills building, and problem solving techniques for working with transgender customers.

Participants who complete the training will be able to:

  • Have basic understanding of transgender issues, language, and community
  • Assess the customer service experience and workplace environment from the perspective of transgender employees, clients, and customers
  • Generate a personal or organizational action plan

Audience: Diversity professionals, human resources administrators, supervisors, management, and front line staff/employees.

Beyond Trans 101 for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Allied Communities

(1½ – 3 hours)

The LGBTQ communities have always been historically linked, but transphobia and homophbia has been used to try to keep these communities separated. In addition, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer activists are often called upon to explain the “T” in LGBTQ, but not everyone has the same understanding or feels adequately able to address the issues facing transgender community members. Transgender individuals deal with a myriad of issues, some similar to LGBQ people and some are significantly different. These issues include health and economic disparities; gender profiling, invisibility, and denial of services due to ignorance, discrimination, bias, violence, flawed policies, and the binary gender system. Changing policies for a transgender youth and adult can mean the difference between being outed and/or denied access to services to being in control of their medical information, their identity, and their dignity.  How can we truly add the T in organizing work without adding the rest of the transgender agenda?

This workshop will present an overview of the issues transgender, gender queer, and gender variant people face, cultural information, and history of the connections between the trans movement and gay rights movement. Information and activities will also address the following questions: What does it mean to be transgender; where do transgender people fit into the larger queer/LGB movement for rights, access, and recognition; and how to be an effective ally to transgender communities. Participants will leave with concrete ideas of policies changes they can address and how to be a more welcoming and inclusive institution.

Audience: LGBT advocacy and service organizations, LGBTQ community & social  groups, and LGBTQ affirming/welcoming congregations

Cost of trainings and technical assistance

Trainings

Costs below are for trainings with one presenter and materials up to 50 participants for non-profits, schools, and state agencies:

Inside Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area:

  • 1-4 hours $150 per hour
  • 4-6 hours $1000 flat rate

Inside the 495 Beltway (Metro Boston)

  • Up to 3 hours at $150 per hour plus travel
  • Over 3 hours up to 6 hours full day fee at $1000 plus travel

Outside 495 beltway start at:

  • Under 3 hours start at half-day fee of $500 plus travel
  • Over 3 hours start at full day fee of $1000 plus travel

Outside Massachusetts start at:

  • $1000 per day plus travel and accommodations

Costs below are for trainings with one presenter and materials up to 50 participants for corporations and for profit organizations:

Inside Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area:

  • 1-4 hours $200 per hour
  • 4-6 hours $1600 flat rate

Inside the 495 Beltway (Metro Boston)

  • Up to 3 hours at $250 per hour plus travel
  • Over 3 hours up to 6 hours at $2000 plus travel

Outside 495 beltway start at:

  • Under 3 hours starts at half-day fee of $1250 plus travel
  • Over 3 hours starts at full day fee of $2500 plus travel

Outside Massachusetts start at:

  • $2500 per day plus travel and accommodations

Technical assistance

Starts at $75.00 per hour for phone support, $100 per hour for in-person support, and additional trainers start $150 per hour.

Examples of past trainings

We have presented locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Emerging Responses: An Introduction to Transgender Individuals in the Workplace, Comcast, Andover
  • Transgender Competency for Therapists in Training, Lesley College, Cambridge
  • Providing cultural competent care to transgender youth, Waltham House/Home for Little Wanderers, Waltham
  • Beyond Binary: Incorporating transgender student’s needs on a college campus, Wellesley College Resident Advisers, Wellesley
  • Transgender Issues and Violence, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge
  • Transgender Rights and the Law, Duke University Law School, Durham, NC
  • Transgender Challenges in Society, Harvard Law School, Cambridge