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Training | GHIS
2SLGBTQ+ training

Training on Diversity, 2SLGBTIQ+, equity and human rights

Global Health Integrative Science (GHIS) provides training and education on Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism (AO/AR), and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (2SLGBTQ+) with an intersectional lens. GHIS training and education sessions are designed to assist organizations to provide equitable and comprehensive services to sexual and gender minorities. The training will bring awareness, understanding, build knowledge to impact practice change, clinical and cultural competencies when working with 2SLGBTQ+ volunteers, staff, clients and patients and the general public, friends, family and communities.

To help build capacity and community mobilization across Canada, fifteen percent of proceeds from GHIS training are donated to various marginalized communities; sexual and gender minorities, LGBTQ+ newcomers, refugees, and other vulnerable communities in Canada.

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The training sessions are custom designed and tailored for different audiences including front-line staff, administrative staff, mental health workers, clinicians, allied healthcare practitioners, Human Resources staff, management, board of directors and volunteers. All training sessions can be tailored to be a Lunch and Learn session, 3.5 hours (half –day) or 7.5 hours (full-day) with breaks utilizing blended learning; multi media/ videos, experiential learning, group discussions, and case scenarios/problem based learning methodology.

GHIS trainers have been delivering their expertise in various professional sectors for over 20 years. We bring an intersectional lens from our diverse pathways via professional and lived experiences from across the world to Canada, to bring you a unique global and Canadian perspective that builds foundation and solidifies the knowledge, skills, practice to assist you in your work, be it personal and /or professional to work with the diverse populations of Canada.

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The training delivered has really set us up to move forward in our organization and we are very excited. Health care and social services org.

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I love Devan’s presentation style as well as his personality and would thoroughly recommend him. He is a true expert. Educational Institution

In addition, GHIS offers the only unique training and experiential session in Canada on Spirituality, Sexuality and Gender and Religion: Finding Wholeness in Our lives as 2SLGBTQ+ People. This training is an outcome of Devan’s travels and journey and learning across the world over 25 years in discourse with various spiritual and religious leaders on sexual orientation and gender identity and being queer in the 21st century.

It is recommended for all to start with start with Beginners: An Overview of 2SLGBTIQ+ Communities. This session will ensure all are on the same page to build next steps.

GHIS offers a range of resources, toolkits, blended education to assist healthcare and social service organizations, educational institutions, corporate organization and groups to sustain the learning to develop cultural competency with regards to diverse 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Spirituality, Sexuality and Gender and Religion:
Finding Wholeness in Our lives as 2SLGBTQ+ People

The training will explore various experiential exercises to find your inner voice, emotionally develop resilience within, and mentally deconstruct normative and harmful ideology that has oppressed 2SLGBTQ+.

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Many spiritual traditions and world religions had an inclusive viewpoint on sexual orientation and gender identity. However with the arrival of colonization much of the teaching and inclusive viewpoints have been lost, erased, banned, forbidden over hundreds of years of colonial rule across the world. Homo/bi/transphobia, sexism, transmisogny, shadism, microaggressions and other forms of oppressions and isms have been embedded in societies, systems and institutions across the world. Much of these isms are normalized and has a huge negative impact on 2SLGBTQ+ people on spiritual, sexual, physical, mental and emotional level.

The training will explore various experiential exercises to find your inner voice, emotionally develop resilience within, and mentally deconstruct normative and harmful ideology that has oppressed 2SLGBTQ+. We will look at non-Eurocentric teaching and truth that provides context for the unique presence of 2SLGBTQ+ in the world across various sectors, communities, societies and the gifts 2SLGBTQ+ bring to this global perspective. Furthermore teaching from the Chhandoya Upanishad is one of the oldest text written before 8th century BC, discuss the evolution of the soul, the breath of life and 2SLGBTQ+ relationship with the Creator. Sexual and gender minorities have and had a unique role of representing the cosmic and acosmic aspect of Reality, the states of evolution and the phenomena of experience.

Claiming your birth right as 2SLGBTQ+ will build bridges to find back the way of balance with our own past, that has left many 2SLGBTQ+ people mentally, emotionally and sexually scarred. Understanding and knowing our true power as 2SLGBTQ+ people will give sexual and gender minority the imprint of knowledge outside space and time and harness our direct relationship with the Being /Creator/Higher-Self/Goddess(s)/ God(s)/Source/Universal Power and to walk with the Universal Power as One!

Objectives:

  • Unlearning the blueprint of Eurocentric dogma
  • Explore your spiritual, sexual, physical, mental and emotional inner core beliefs 
  • Reclaim your authentic self
  • Walking and standing proud in your mind-body-spirit

Beginners: An Overview of 2SLGBTIQ+ Communities

The beginner’s sessions will provide a sound foundation to assist participants understand the nuances of sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, be open to make mistakes and have a process to address mistakes, become mindful to discussions on 2SLGBTQ+ and feel empowered to be champions and allies of diversity, human rights and build equity.

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The interactive workshop provides an overview of 2SLGBTIQ+ in North America and a global perspective. Using an anti-racism /anti-oppression framework the session addresses the social and historical perspective of 2SLGBTIQ+ from pre to post colonialization. We explore how colonization has altered the global lens of human rights for 2SLGBTQ+ in over 72 countries and its impact on sexual and gender minorities. Furthermore we discuss Canadian laws and legislative in Ontario on sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression and implications for an equity lens. The training will deconstruct the differences between sex and gender, sexual behavior versus sexual orientation and exploring gender identity and gender expressions. The participants will learn of various terms and definitions used by 2SLGBTIQ+ persons, how to ask respectfully, when to ask and how to ask and addressing mistakes due to assumptions of identities. The workshop will provide an overview of 2SLGBTIQ+ from gender independent children, youth, adults, seniors, francophone, racialized, newcomers and refugees.
In additions the facilitator(s) will explore an overview of trans related care; understanding transition, hormones for trans persons, transition related surgeries (TRS), use of inclusive pronouns and language, ID cards and OHIP card, inclusive gender washrooms. Participants will for learn of culturally and/or clinical competent practices and integrate cultural safety and humility in building equity, sensitivity and respect when working with sexual and gender minorities.

Objectives:

  • Deconstruct 2SLGBTIQ+
  • Explore gender identities and gender expressions; going beyond the binary
  • Understand differences between sexual behaviors, sexual orientations, sex vs. gender
  • Increase confidence to provide cultural competent services and programs to 2SLGBTIQ+ communities 

Supporting Emotional and Mental Health for 2SLGBTIQ+ persons

The session will explore how homo/bi/transphobia on a familial, societal, institution and systemic oppressions create shame, stigma and become internalized and affect sexual and gender minorities’ mental and emotional health.

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Global and Canadian studies show that sexual and gender minorities experience higher rates of emotion and mental health disparities. These include depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, poorer self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, shame-based trauma, isolation, distressed related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Sexual and gender minority youth in Canada experience bullying, harassments, threats, intimidation, hurtful and derogatory comments (Roy,J. 2017). In adults, there is higher use of substance use such as alcohol, recreation drugs, smoking and tobacco products, and research evidence demonstrates the patterns of use are different for sexual and gender minorities vs. heterosexual persons.

The session will explore how homo/bi/transphobia on a familial, societal, institution and systemic oppressions create shame, stigma and become internalized and affect sexual and gender minorities’ mental and emotional health. The internalized experiences can create unhealthy coping strategies that further undermine well-being of individuals. Participants will learn about inclusive 2SLGBTIQ+ counselling practices as per APA guidelines and psychological supports that can assist sexual and gender minorities build resilience and self- empowerment via validation and affirmative strategies. The session includes interactive exercises, videos and case studies will provide participants with evidence-based learning, latest research and skills.

Objectives:

  • Use 2SLGBTIQ+ culturally specific analysis on cultural safety and humility
  • Build foundation to use a biopsychosocial  framework and approach
  • Learn of the health disparities and intersectional identities
  • Self- reflection of values, attitudes, beliefs when counselling 2SLGBTIQ+ to provide culturally competent  healthcare and social services

Access to inclusive services for 2SLGBTI Elders/Seniors

Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex (2SLGBTI) seniors continue to remain an invisible aging population. This presentation will explore the practical and useful steps to engage in best practices culturally and clinically in homecare and palliative care by building foundational knowledge.

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Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex (2SLGBTI) seniors continue to remain an invisible aging population. 2SLGBTI have experienced high levels of discrimination and state sanctioned homo/bi/transphobia in Canada. With the historic apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 28, 2017 to 2SLGBTI Canadians on the horrific ‘gay purge’ that took place from 1950’s to early 1990’s on a federal level affecting approximately 9,000 2SLGBTI Canadians.

The workshop will provide a historical context on sexual and gender minorities. 2SLGBTI seniors grew up in an era when it was a criminal offense to be 2SLGBTI. Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness until 1973 in DSM III. For many senior 2SLGBTI the years of criminalization, imprisonment, harassment, disowned by families, lost jobs and evicted from their homes have contributed immensely to shame based trauma, assault and medical assessment of their sexual lives. This has created a huge burden on their mental, emotion, sexual, spiritual and physical health. The burden has affected their sense of identity and affects their well-being on an intersectional and multidimensional level. Many 2SLGBTI seniors experience multiple losses of friends, partners due to AIDS epidemic. HIV positive and transgender seniors have higher rates of health disparities and are at risk of experiencing greater stigma when seeking care and residing in Long Term care homes. .

Due to the repressive social conditions they grew up in many 2SLGBTI seniors do not feel safe accessing social and health care services. Including many are afraid to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. This has resulted in chronic health conditions for many 2SLGBTI persons as they enter the twilight of their years.

Long term care homes, senior’s residences, health care and social service providers are a crucial link to provide culturally sensitive and respectful services to aging 2SLGBTI seniors. This presentation will explore the practical and useful steps to engage in best practices culturally and clinically in homecare and palliative care by building foundational knowledge. We will examine scenarios and stimulate discussions on how to provide respectful care and inclusive services to 2SLGBTI elders/seniors.

Objectives:

  • Examine the impact of criminalization, discrimination and stigma on LGBTI2Selders/seniors
  • Learn appropriate and inclusive language when caring for LGBTI2S elders/seniors  
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate increased clinical and cultural competence in their practice with LGBTI2S persons  

Building a 2SLGBTIQ+ Positive Space at your Organization

The workshop uses an anti-oppression/anti-racism and equity framework to examine the process of removing the barriers for sexual and gender minorities. This session is useful for staff from front-line, management to board of organization.

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The workshop uses an anti-oppression/anti-racism and equity framework to examine the process of removing the barriers for sexual and gender minorities. This session is useful for staff from front-line, management to board of organization. The interactive session is a mini audit to develop inclusive services, programs via inclusive signage, web images and contents, mission and vision statements, print materials, inclusive language in communication materials, intake forms, sexual health assessments, equitable hiring practices, washroom access, and all policies that reflect diverse intersectional identities of 2SLGBTIO+ volunteers, staff, clients and patients.
We will examine “What is a safer space and/or Positive Space?” How to engage 2SLGBTIQ+ in community consultation? At the workshop we will create next steps to remove the barriers and a toolkit to assist organization start the process. The workshop is recommended after attending Beginners: An Overview of 2SLGBTIQ+ Communities

Objectives:

  • Applying the steps to integrate the key steps for your organization
  • To enhance visibility and inclusion of 2SLGBTIQ+ employees, volunteers, service users
  • Learn how to increase access to services for 2SLGBTQ+ communities
  • Increase capacity to provide welcoming, friendly, professional, culturally competent services

Walk a mile in our moccasins

This experiential exercise physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually walks participants through the history of Indigenous people on Turtle Island. The exercise is introduced to participants with an explanation that it is designed to present to them in a microcosm, the experience and history that Indigenous people live with every day.

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We begin by creating the world that Indigenous people enjoyed prior to colonization, a world based on the circle and inclusion.

Participants are invited to play specific roles in the community that is built and then asked to reflect upon how it feels to be in this community. Then the scene shifts and the colonizer enters bringing the destruction of culture and communities. At each step along the process, participants are asked to reflect upon how this feels, what their observations are. Next, we build the world we live in today, a world built upon lines and hierarchies. Participants are invited to build this world while retaining similar roles as they had in the last ‘world’. Once again, participants are asked to reflect upon how this world is different and how that feels to them holistically. Finally, participants are lead through the rebuilding of a world of hope and how it is important for Indigenous people to rebuild our world with culture at the centre, a world of inclusion where all are honoured for their gifts and where we all have a place of belonging.

For further information and to plan a training session,
please complete GHIS consultation and training request form.