Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations Course

Duration: 3 hours

Content Level: Beginner

Target Audience:  All health care and social service providers who provide counselling and advocacy in a variety of settings. Health care and social service students are welcome to take this course. This is an introductory cultural humility and competence module for health care and social service providers with little or no experience with 2SLGBTQ clients.

Fee: CAN $20 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations.

Summary: Research studies in Canada and other countries show that 2SLGBTQ people report higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, poorer self-perceived mental health status, and higher rates of lifetime suicidality relative to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Furthermore, there is evidence to show that substance use may be higher in 2SLGBTQ communities due to homo/bi/transphobia and that patterns of use are different. This session will explore how social stigma and discrimination can affect 2SLGBTQ people’s mental and emotional health, become internalized and how unhealthy coping strategies can develop. We will learn of inclusive counselling tips, intersectional framework that incorporates lived experiences, coming out processes, and psychological supports that can protect the individual, affirm sense of self and promote resilience.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the impact of bi/homo/transphobia on the mental health outcomes of 2SLGBTQ communities.
  2. Unpack common counselling issues through the lens of intersectionality, minority stress, trauma-informed care, and other useful frameworks.
  3. Identify common counselling issues for 2SLGBTQ clients, i.e., coming out & support, SOGIEGE & survival, IPV & relationships, etc..
  4. Provide 2SLGBTQ-positive mental health care in the context of interpersonal and systemic discrimination that affects emotional and mental health.

Please note that capacity is limited to 30 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

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2024 Sessions

April 10 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Durée: 2 hours

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations Course

Duration: 3 hours

Target Audience: Health Care Providers and Social Service Providers

Fee: $20 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations

Summary:

The course is an introduction to 2SLGBTQ trauma-informed care for health and social service providers who work with people who have experienced trauma. The training integrates the approaches, principles, and competencies of 2SLGBTQ cultural competency with those of trauma-informed care. It is aimed at increasing the capacity of organizations and service providers in providing trauma-informed care to members of the 2SLGBTQ communities.

2024 Sessions

MAY 16, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET 

JUNE 18, 2024 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Durée: 3:00

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course. Additionally, RHO strongly recommends learners attend our Trans 101 courses prior to taking this course or have equivalent education or clinical experience. This course requires learners to be well-versed in trans and non-binary identities either through education or equivalent experience. 

Duration: 4 hours 

Content Level: Intermediate

Mainpro+ Certification: None

Target Audience: Health care and social service providers

Fee: CAN $50 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Summary:

Intermediate counselling module for health care and social service practitioners with little or no experience working with autistic clients who identify as trans or non-binary.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain autism from a neurodiverse perspective.
  • Recognize how cisnormativity and neuro-normativity influences health care and health care access.
  • Identify social determinants of health in relation to the intersection of autism and trans and non-binary identities.
  • Identify how neuro-normativity creates and sustains barriers for autistic people trying to access transition-related health care.
  • Provide trans-positive health care in the context of interpersonal and systemic discrimination towards autistic people.

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

May 27, 2024, from 1 pm (EST) to 5 pm (EST)


Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course AND experience working with trans and non-binary people in primary health care.  

 It is strongly recommended that learners considering taking this course, also attend our courses: 

1) Transition-related surgeries: planning, referral and care

2) Trans 101 - adults and seniors

Duration: 4 hours 

Content Level: Advanced 

Mainpro+ Certification: NO Mainpro+ certification at this time

Target Audience: ONLY Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, and students of these disciplines.

Fee: CAN $50 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Please do NOT pay for this course unless you belong to one of the target audience professions. If you do not fit the criteria you will not be able to register for the session and there will be NO REFUND for your payment. If you are a mental health or social service provider who wants to learn about transition-related surgeries please check out our "Transition-related counselling for mental health providers" course.

Summary: Assessing and managing masculinizing surgeries complications in primary health care.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare patients for masculinizing surgeries to minimize the likelihood or severity of post-operative complications
  • Describe common complications post masculinizing surgeries
  • Assess concerning symptoms post masculinizing surgeries
  • Manage common complications that occur after masculinizing surgeries

Please note that capacity is limited to 20 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 Sessions: 

 July 4th - 1:00PM to 5:00 PM (Registration now open)


Prerequisite: Transition-Related Hormone Therapy in Primary Health Care course OR experience providing hormone therapy to trans adults.

Duration: 4 hours

Content Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, Pharmacists, and students of these professions.

Mainpro+ Certification: 4.0 Mainpro-M1 credits (Ontario ONLY)

Fee: CAN $50

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Summary: Initiating and monitoring puberty suppression for trans and non-binary youth in primary care in Ontario, Canada.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess gender dysphoria in adolescents
  • Assess capacity to consent to treatment
  • Identify puberty blockers criteria and contraindications
  • Conduct medical investigations prior to treatment and monitoring during treatment
  • Provide treatment to youth in a collaborative way

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT pay for this course unless you belong to one of the target audience professions. If you do not fit the criteria you will not be able to register for the session and there will be NO REFUND for your payment.

Please note that capacity is limited to 30 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

11 June 2024 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Registration now open!

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations Course

Duration: 2 hours

Target Audience: Health care and social service workers

Content Level: Beginner

Fee: CAN $20 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations.

Summary: 

To provide inclusive, affirming health care and social services it is crucial to have policies and practices that reflect the diverse clients’ needs. To create change in an organization, it must be evident from board, senior management to front-line staff and volunteers. This session is a review of programs, services, website, images/posters, signage, brochures, publications, intake forms/registration forms, policy, etc. of the organization. The session uses an anti-oppression/anti-racism framework to examine the process of developing organizational sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse 2SLGBTQ communities. The session addresses creating a positive and welcoming work environment for both 2SLGBTQ staff, clients and volunteers. The workshop will explore various strategies such as specific programs and services, HR policies, Intake forms, inclusive language, signage, brochures, and online images. We will view various samples of inclusive practices and forms to make your organizational space more 2SLGBTQ friendly. The process to create an inclusive space takes time with building blocks to achieve the goal in equity and inclusivity.

Objectives:

1. To enhance visibility and inclusion of 2SLGBTQ employees, volunteers, service users

2. To increase capacity to provide welcoming, friendly, professional, culturally competent services to 2SLGBTQ service users

3. To make the organization, service and programs 2SLGBTQ positive; policy, language, forms, signage, washroom use and waiting areas inclusive

2024 Sessions:

5 June 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Durée: 2:00

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course

Duration: 3 hours

Content Level: Beginner

Target Audience:  All health care and social service providers who provide counselling and advocacy in a variety of settings.  This program is tailored for practitioners who work with trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming adults and older adults. Health care and social service students are welcome to take this course.

Fee: CAN $20

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

SummaryIntroductory cultural humility and competence module for health care and social service providers with little or no experience working with trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming adults and seniors.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and gender dysphoria accurately
  • Recognize how cisnormativity influences health care and health care access
  • Identify social determinants of health and the impact of transphobia for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming adults and seniors
  • Provide trans-positive mental health care in the context of interpersonal and systemic discrimination that affects mental health
  • Unpack common counselling issues through the lens of intersectionality and minority stress
  • Explore gender expression and gender identity with clients who are at the beginning of their journey

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

10 June 2024 9:30 AM EST - 12:30 PM EST

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course

Duration: 3.5 hours

Content Level: Beginner

Target Audience: All health care and social service providers who provide counseling and advocacy in a variety of settings.  This program is tailored for practitioners who work with trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming children and adolescents (up to 18 years old).

Fee: CAN $20

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Summary: Introductory cultural humility and competence module for health care and social service providers with little or no experience working with trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming children and youth up to 18 years old. Please note this course does NOT covered issues related to transitioning. For transitioning education, please see our Trans 101 - Transitioning course.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and gender dysphoria accurately
  • Recognize how cisnormativity influences healthcare and healthcare access
  • Identify social determinants of health and the impact of transphobia for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming children and youth
  • Provide trans-positive counseling in the context of interpersonal and systemic discrimination that affects mental health
  • Explore with parents of trans and non-binary youth common misconceptions about gender identity and expression
  • Explore gender expression and gender identity with clients who are at the beginning of their journey

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

15 May 2024 1:30 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course. It is also strongly recommended that prior to taking this course learners attend Trans 101 - Children and Youth AND/OR Trans 101 - Adults and Seniors.

Duration: 4 hours 

Content Level: Intermediate

Target audience: All health care and social service providers who work with trans and non-binary people. Students of these disciplines are welcome.

Fee: CAN $20

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Summary: Introductory module for all health care and social service providers on social, legal, and medical transitioning.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, gender dysphoria and transition accurately
  • Explain social and legal transition for children, youth, adults, and seniors
  • Explain puberty suppression for trans and non-binary youth
  • Explain transition-related hormone therapy for trans and non-binary adults and seniors
  • Explain which transition-related surgeries are funded by the government of Ontario, Canada for trans and non-binary adults and seniors
  • Recognize that transition is a process and it is unique for every person
  • Practice according to WPATH’s Standards of Care

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

19 June 2024 9:00 AM EST - 1:00 PM EST

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course

Duration: 4 hours (cannot be shortened due to Mainpro Accreditation)

Content Level: Beginner

Mainpro+ Certification: 4.0 Mainpro-M1 credits (Ontario ONLY)

Target Audience: ONLY Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, Pharmacists, and students of these disciplines.

Fee: CAN $50 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT pay for this course unless you belong to one of the target audience professions. If you do not fit the criteria you will not be able to register for the session and there will be NO REFUND for your payment. If you are a mental health or social service provider who wants to learn about hormone treatment please check out our "Transition-related counseling for mental health providers" course.

Summary: Initiating and monitoring hormone therapy for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients in primary care.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide community-based gender-affirming services to trans and gender-diverse clients
  • Take a gender history, assess and diagnose gender dysphoria in accordance with WPATH Standards of Care
  • Describe the informed consent process for initiating hormone therapy
  • Conduct hormone planning visits
  • Initiate and monitor transition-related hormone therapy
  • Utilize clinical guidelines to inform and guide practice

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

28 May - 1:00PM - 5:00PM

12 June - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Sessions available upon request for groups of 15 or more learners

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations Course

Strongly recommended prior to this course: Transition-related Hormone Therapy in Primary Health Care OR Trans 101 - Adults and Older Adults

IMPORTANT: content does not apply to jurisdictions outside of Ontario, Canada.

Duration: 4 hours

Content Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Social Workers, Registered Psychologists, and students of these disciplines only. These are the five professions designated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to make referrals for transition-related surgeries. 

Mainpro+ Certification: 4.0 Mainpro-M1 credits (Ontario only)

Fee: CAN $50  

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Summary: Learning to conduct surgery planning visits with patients and make referrals for transition-related surgeries in Ontario, Canada.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain transition related surgeries
  • Understand the system of trans surgical care in Ontario
  • Apply the WPATH SOC criteria for surgery
  • Conduct surgery planning visits
  • Complete the MOHLTC Request for Prior Approval for Funding SRS Form
  • Write a transition related surgery referral letter

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT pay for this course unless you belong to one of the target audience professions. If you do not fit the criteria you will not be able to register for the session and there will be NO REFUND for your payment. 

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment 

2024 sessions: 

TBD

Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations course AND experience working with trans and non-binary people in primary health care.  

 It is strongly recommended that learners considering taking this course, also attend our courses: 

1) Transition-related surgeries: planning, referral and care

2) Trans 101 - adults and seniors

Duration: 4 hours 

Content Level: Advanced 

Mainpro+ Certification: NO Mainpro+ certification at this time

Target Audience: ONLY Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, Pharmacists and students of these disciplines.

Fee: CAN $50 

IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations. 

Please do NOT pay for this course unless you belong to one of the target audience professions. If you do not fit the criteria you will not be able to register for the session and there will be NO REFUND for your payment. If you are a mental health or social service provider who wants to learn about transition-related surgeries please check out our "Transition-related counselling for mental health providers" course.

Summary: Assessing and managing vaginoplasty complications in primary health care.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare patients for vaginoplasty to minimize the likelihood or severity of post-operative complications
  • Describe common complications post vaginoplasty
  • Assess concerning symptoms post vaginoplasty
  • Manage common complications that occur after vaginoplasty

Please note that capacity is limited to 35 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

2024 sessions:

April 26 - 1pm-5pm (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!)