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Becoming a Trans* Ally – For Mental Health Service Providers

July 16, 2017
9am-5pm
Antioch University Los Angeles
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
Room: A1016

This 8-hour experiential workshop will invite participants to learn and implement new vocabulary, map and expand their understanding of trans* and gender-nonconforming identities, engage ally-focused practices, and develop skills that can be used and referenced in therapeutic work. Become a Trans* Ally is designed to help participants develop ally behavior in the context of their own lived experiences through the use of multiple experiential exercises. Each exercise within the workshop is designed to engage participants in critical thinking regarding their own identity, in relation to trans* identified individuals and through the lens of deconstructing privilege.

Learning Objectives:

  • To synthesize awareness of challenges in working with trans* identified individuals
  • To engage self-awareness regarding personal and cultural biases
  • To challenge the process of “othering” through critical thinking and application of workshop exercises
  • To develop and integrate specific tools for nurturing trans* ally relationships

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Becoming a Trans* Ally

This 3-hour experiential beginner’s workshop invites participants to implement new language and methods that will expand their existing knowledge of trans* and gender-nonconforming (GNC) identities. Participants will engage with what Building Allies calls ‘active allyship’. An active ally is someone who, within the context of their lived experience, witnesses an act of oppression either directly or indirectly about a trans* or GNC individual, and responds to that behavior with empathy and courage. Building Allies aims to work with those who are willing to use their privilege to identify necessary behavioral shifts that will impact others toward greater social change.  

Becoming a Trans* Ally is designed to support participants in understanding how to practice active allyship through the use of multiple experiential exercises and discussions. Each exercise within the workshop is designed to engage participants in critical thinking regarding their own identity in relation to trans* and GNC identified individuals. Together we’ll discuss ally-centered practices and and learn skills to later reference within everyday experiences. Through examples and discussion we will build confidence cooperatively so that participants can practice and engage anytime even in situations where long held belief systems are in place.

This workshop is designed in three parts. Objectives include:

  • Vocabulary, gender identities and first steps to active allyship.
  • Learning and enhancing effective tools for being an active ally.
  • Preparing for long term active allyship in various contextual experiences.

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Turning Privilege Into Change

This 3-hour experiential beginners workshop invites participants to implement new language and methods into messaging that expand on existing knowledge of what privilege means. We will focus on how to turn our privilege into what Building Allies calls ‘active allyship’.  An active ally is someone who, within the context of their own lived experience, witnesses an act of oppression, and challenges that behavior empathetically and courageously. Building Allies aims to work with those who are willing to use their privilege to create impactful behavioral shifts within their writing that will inspire others to effect greater social change.  

Turning Privilege Into Change is designed to support participants in understanding how to practice active allyship in messaging and communications through the use of multiple experiential exercises and facilitated discussions. Each exercise within the workshop engages participants in critical thinking, dialogue and activities regarding their own various layers of privilege in relation to the world around them. Together we’ll discuss ally-focused practices and learn skills to later reference within our writing and everyday experiences.

This workshop is designed in three parts. Objectives include:

  • Vocabulary and first steps to becoming an active ally.
  • Dialogue, critical thinking, and discussion about why active allyship is important.  
  • Skill set building and identifying effective behavioral changes within ourselves.

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