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Planning for Action: Next Steps in Creating Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth

Mary Beno

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Registration fee of $30.00 includes continental breakfast and lunch. Please mail payment (make checks payable to LESA) to: LESA, 1425 W. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843.
50 Registrations Apr 18, 2017 Free  

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Planning for Action:  Next Steps in Creating Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth

Presented by members of the Michigan Department of Education SMY training cadre:

 Kim Phillips-Knope, MSW; Tracy Hobbs, MA; Jenny Murphy, MPH, MSW; Amorie Robinson, PhD, LP

 PREREQUISITE:  Attendance at “A Silent Crisis: Creating Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth.”

This “201-level” workshop is specially designed for individuals who have participated in the A Silent Crisis:  Creating Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth workshop.  Building on lessons learned, this more advanced session will strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills to collaborate and foster district-wide impact.  The focus will be on practical strategies such as building supportive networks, identifying resources for forming and sustaining gay-straight alliances (GSAs), and planning for action. Topics will include impact of law and policy changes, supports for transgender and gender non-conforming students, and best practices for improving academic and health outcomes for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.


Workshop participants will:

  • Describe the experiences, strategies utilized, and challenges faced by families and schools when addressing the needs of LGBTQ students.
  • Discuss practical inplications of unearned privilege and power on professional practice.
  • Analyze one framework for understanding gender identity and gender expression.
  • Identify resources for starting, building, and/or sustaining an effective gay-straight alliance.
  • Discuss practical implications of recent law and policy decisions regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
  • Identify best practices when responding to common LGBTQ scenarios.
  • Practice strategies for establishing common purpose among students, families, and school staff with divergent perspectives.
  • Implement a plan of action to achieve one outcome related to LGBTQ issues in their school. 
  • Express confidence and intention to reach out to national, state, and local stakeholders to collect and share effective ideas,resources, and strategies to support students and their families.


A Note to Social Workers:  Pending approval by the Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, participants will be eligible to receive 6.5 Social Work CEs. The workshop is targeted to professionals with either a BSW or MSW. Participants must attend the entire training to receive CE hours. Certificates of attendance will be emailed to participants upon completion of the training. Questions should be directed to Laurie Bechhofer, HIV/STD Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education. 


* SCECHs available pending approval.

Special Needs: Let us know how we can help you.  ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. The host site cannot ensure availability of accommodations without prior identification.


This workshop is supported by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) through its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, as well as Safe Schools Healthy Students and Project AWARE grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are solely the responsibility of MDE, and do not necessarily reflect the official views of CDC, SAMHSA, or HHS.

Questions about enrollment?  Contact Mary Beno, Regional School Health Coordinator, or (517)540-6838.


Questions about content?  Contact Laurie Bechhoferat the Michigan Department of Education at


Have questions about Planning for Action: Next Steps in Creating Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth? Contact Mary Beno

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Washtenaw Intermediate School District
1819 S. Wagner Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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