ACAF offers a day-long deep-dive for child welfare professionals with our “Setting the Foundation'' Training. This 6-hour course equips child welfare professionals with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge on LGBTQ+ youth and families and their experiences within the system and can be provided virtually or in-person. Please see details below:
Opening: Welcome, Introduction, and Expectations Setting (45-60 minutes)
Explore how and why SOGIE matters to the work of child welfare.
Discuss shared values, expectations and mandates as professionals and their connections to LGBTQ+ competency.
Explore intersectionality and what it means to bring an intersectional lens to LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Module 1: SOGIE Concepts and Identity (45-60 minutes)
Improve participants’ knowledge of and comfort with appropriate terminology re: LGBTQ+ and SOGIE issues.
Distinguish between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Explain the limitations of the gender binary.
Explore ways for workers to respond to clients from a place of "openness" when discussing SOGIE.
Module 2: Exploring Early Messages and Unconscious Bias (45-60 minutes)
Explore the underlying messages of participants’ earliest memories related to LGBTQ+ people and SOGIE.
Encourage participants to acknowledge their own beliefs, values and assumptions in relation to LGBTQ+ people.
Explain the connection between early messages and unconscious bias / the ways early messages can help or hinder participants in performing their professional roles and responsibilities.
Reflect on participants’ roles as messengers and what current messages LGBTQ+ youth and parents are receiving in their practice setting.
Module 3: Experiences of LGBTQ+ Youth & Adults Case Studies (60 minutes)
Explore main challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth and LGBTQ+ parents through case studies that are child welfare specific.
Understand the ways that barriers faced by LGBTQ+ community are often rooted in misconceptions.
Identify ways to respond effectively to misconceptions about LGBTQ+ people.
Module 4: Rolling Out the Welcome Mat (45-50 minutes)
Identify language and behavior that individuals can adopt to ensure they are creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ youth and adults.
Identify concrete next steps for advocating for and improving practice with LGBTQ+ youth and families at the organizational level.
Explore “Coming Out” as a concept, as well as the importance of family and worker response.
Closing: Ongoing Learning and Allyship (30-50 minutes)
Identify concrete next steps for being an “active ally” to the LGBTQ+ community.
Reflect on participants’ learning, feelings and calls to action from the day.