Envision:You has been an invaluable partner in our efforts to enhance our mental health services for LGBTQ+ individuals. Their trainings have not only equipped us with the knowledge to be more responsive to the unique needs of this community, but also fostered an environment that encouraged vulnerability and participation. We are truly appreciative of the flexibility and welcoming atmosphere the trainers created. We are grateful for the partnership we've established with Envision:You, and have made the Level 1 and 2 training required for all of our new hires. The work Envision:You does is vital, and it's an honor to be a part of it.
Kaylee Jeffrey, LCSW
Clinical Director, The Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver
ABOUT THE TRAINING PROGRAM
The Envision:You Behavioral Health Provider Training Program is a comprehensive initiative committed to elevating the delivery of high-quality, culturally relevant, and affirming behavioral health interventions specifically tailored for members of the LGBTQ+ community. With both virtual and in-person training options, this program exposes participants to best practices when working with LGBTQ+ clients, and challenges participants to examine their personal and professional biases. More detailed information on the training program learning objectives can be found here.
WHY IS THE TRAINING PROGRAM IMPORTANT
While many providers state they are “LGBTQ+ affirming,” studies show that many LGBTQ+ individuals face adverse experiences when seeking healthcare. Systemic discrimination, places LGBTQ+ people at a heightened risk of experiencing mental health challenges, with rates of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders two to three times higher than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. Most vulnerable are LGBTQ+ youth, for whom the leading cause of death is suicide. Even well-intentioned professionals can unintentionally cause harm, as acceptance doesn't guarantee culturally relevant services. Moreover, increased societal awareness of sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity is prompting earlier coming out journeys, placing greater responsibility on mental health clinicians to provide culturally sensitive support across diverse settings.
FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
Envision:You is grateful to announce the receipt of funding from the Colorado Office of Health Equity to support our LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Provider Training Program. This funding allows us the opportunity to offer 200 seats in our Level 1: Introductory Training - at no cost! - to those who are interested.
Our Level 1: Introductory Training is a 75-minute on demand, online training allowing for ease of completion on each participants’ own time. If you are interested in receiving our training at no-cost, you can fill out the interest form here.
Envision:You provided our clinical team with in-depth training to serve our LGBTQ+ communities. Our clinic specializes in working with AANHPI immigrant and refugee communities and we have found previous trainings for LGBTQ+ communities to be missing important discussions of intersectionality and cultural considerations. The Envision:You staff who facilitated our training were able to provide the type of learning environment we’ve been craving. We were impressed with their ability to foster the space for us to self-reflect on our own biases and gaps in knowledge. They were also very receptive to feedback on issues we face often within the communities we serve. Our partnership with Envision:You is valuable to our team’s continued learning and ability to provide quality care to our AANHPI LGBTQ+ clients.
Monica Gerber, LP
Aurora Mental Health and Recovery (f.k.a. the Asian Pacific Development Center)
Who is the training program for?
The Envision:You LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Provider Training Program is designed for registered and licensed mental health clinicians, addiction counselors, certified peer specialists, social workers, counselors-in-training, and other behavioral health providers. The Level 1 Introductory Training is also appropriate for non-clinical staff, such as front desk staff, as the content is foundational.
I don't serve LGBTQ+ clients. Is this training still useful for me?
You are serving LGBTQ+ clients. If you don’t believe you are serving LGBTQ+ clients, it is because they haven’t come out to you yet.
Everyone in the behavioral health field, from front desk staff to providers, serves LGBTQ+ clients. Given that LGBTQ+ individuals report experiencing negative interactions while seeking healthcare services, coming out in therapy can present as a particularly vulnerable experience. The training program, Level 2 in particular, incorporates various opportunities for participants to reflect on personal and systemic biases that may be impacting your level of care.
I’m a provider and I identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Will I gain anything from this training?
Yes. There are just as many ways to be LGBTQ+ as there are LGBTQ+ people. Even well-intentioned helping professionals, whether LGBTQ+ identifying or not, can cause harm within behavioral health spaces. Being accepting and pro-LGBTQ+ does not necessarily translate to the ability to deliver culturally relevant services.
What is the format of the training program?
➔ Level 1 is an introductory, 75-minute training offered in an online, on-demand format.
➔ Level 2 is a comprehensive, 9-hour co-facilitated webinar conducted across two half days, or an 8.5-hour in-person training.
➔ Population specific modules are one hour and on-demand, focusing on unique disparities when working with individuals holding multiple marginalized identities. The module offerings include:
➔ Working with Transgender and Gender-Diverse Communities
➔ Working with LGBTQ+ Youth
➔ Working with LGBTQ+ Older Adults
➔ Working with LGBTQ+ Communities of Color
Is there a cost associated with the training program?
➔ Level One (Individual): $95/person
➔ Level Two (Individual, Level One required): $205/person
➔ Level One and Level Two Learning Pathway (Individual): $300/person
➔ Population Specific Modules: Anyone who completes Level One and Two Learning Pathway gets access to one population specific module at NO COST. Any additional modules after the first are $95 individually, or $215 for all three.
Thanks to grant funding, we have free Level 1 seats available. If you are interested in this no cost opportunity, fill out the interest form here.
Are discounts available for participants?
To ensure equitable access to learning, discounts for nonprofit organizations, academic and government institutions, and students available for Levels 1 & 2. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there prerequisites to complete the training program?
Participants must complete Level 1 in order to complete Level 2. Additionally, participants must complete both Levels 1 and 2 in order to be eligible to complete the population specific modules.
Please note: the Training Team encourages interested participants to register for a Level 2 training date as soon as possible, given that in-person trainings will be capped at 25 participants and webinars will be capped at 20 participants.
Who facilitates these trainings?
The Level 1 training and the population specific modules are virtual, on-demand, self-paced content. Level 2 trainings are co-facilitated by licensed professional counselors, with professional experience working with LGBTQ+ clients and/or lived experience as an LGBTQ+ person.
Who developed the training program?
The training program, created in collaboration between Envision:You and the OMNI Institute, has been made possible through generous grant funding from Caring for Denver. This funding has enabled us to design population-specific modules, with a notable emphasis on compensating community advisory group members for their invaluable contributions to module development.
What continuing education credits does the training program offer?
For professionals in Colorado, our training series aligns with what the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) requires for Licensed Mental Health Providers regarding professional development. Our training modules fall into two categories: group learning and coursework, both of which satisfy the CE requirements for maintaining a license.
Participating psychologists and/or LPCs who complete the Level 1 or Level 2 training have the opportunity to receive a certificate for the following continuing education credits from the University of Denver (DU) and University of Colorado Denver (UCD).
1 CE credit for completing Level 1 for psychologists
10 CE credits for completing Level 1 and Level 2 for psychologists
1 CEU for completing Level 1 and Level 2 for LPC’s
Note: 1 CEU or continuing education unit is equal to 10 CE or continuing education credits.
Participating social workers who complete the Level 1, Level 2, and population-specific modules have the opportunity to receive a certificate for the following continuing education credits issued by Envision:You, endorsed by the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-CO).
1 CE credit for completing Level 1
10 CE credits for completing Level 1 and Level 2
1 CE credit for completing each population-specific module, respectively
Please note: The acceptance of continuing education credits varies by state, so please check with your licensing board to ensure this course meets those requirements.
What topics do these trainings cover and what are the learning objectives?
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Envision:You training has been a transformative experience for our team. The comprehensive curriculum and expert facilitators not only enhance our behavioral healthcare knowledge but also equip us with the skills and sensitivity needed to provide inclusive and affirming care. We require all our employees to take level one and all of our clinicians to take level two. This training is an invaluable asset for any healthcare organization committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and compassionate service. I highly recommend it for professionals seeking to enhance their cultural competency and better support the LGBTQ+ community.
Kiara Ninos, LPC, CSAT
Clinical Trainer & Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Diversus Health