Training Class Details
Class Title: Supporting Gender Non-Conforming Youth in the Child Welfare System
Class Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Class Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 19
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Lyssa Ichikawa
Class Description:

Training Summary: Provide a couple sentences summary (content themes/training techniques, and how this training is relevant to working with children who live in out of home care)

Though gender expansive identity has long existed, many are becoming more aware of the developing framework and language utilized to support deep, collective understanding and support. As practitioners and caregivers, we can embrace gender inclusive thinking in partnership with the youth and families we serve. We can confront and disrupt our own socialized gender assumptions and biases while moving away from the binary mindset that perpetuates harmful systems of engagement and power.

This interactive workshop will introduce and reinforce evolving language regarding gender and sexuality and explore theory and structures of gender health and congruence. The attendees will spend time in whole group dialogue, small group or partner reflection in breakout rooms, and personal processing through journal prompts. Participants will be given specific tools and a glossary as well as an additional online resource (Padlet) to share contact information, resources, and other helpful information shared during the session.

Class Objectives: (what knowledge, ideas or skills will participants explore, learn, practice, etc during the training) Provide at least 3 class objectives.
?           Develop awareness of and utilize language, theory, and frameworks pertaining to gender identity and gender inclusivity.


?           Explore and examine the role of socialization in creating gender-based assumptions and biases.


?           Appreciate and address the complexities of the experiences of LGBTQ/GNC youth through culturally responsive pedagogies.


?           Analyze methods to interrupt behaviors, practices, and policies that exclude and ultimately oppress LGBTQAI2S+/GNC youth in the child welfare system.

How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? (provide at least 2 transfer of learning strategies)

?           Adapt gender health affirming knowledge and framework of  the three dimensions of gender (body, identity, social) to their daily practice


?           Support inclusive language shifts with resources and tools to reinforce complex and nuanced concepts.


?           Access and utilize a co-created platform to share resources and tools with colleagues, clients, and families.