Consulting, Education & Training

Public Workshops & Appearances

Open to the public, conference attendees, or are otherwise not for pre-set group of attendees.

Beyond Who's Got the Check: Navigating Sexuality in Mixed-Class Relationships
10:00 AM10:00

Beyond Who's Got the Check: Navigating Sexuality in Mixed-Class Relationships

Workshop at the Sex Down South Conference. Co Facilitated with Cavanaugh Quick

Dating, loving, or having sex with someone from a different socio-economic background can sometimes feel as if you’re operating in different languages – because you are. Class interacts with all of our identities, and shapes everything from the way we make decisions to whose opinions we are willing to trust.  In this workshop we will closely examine the specific ways that class interacts with sex and sexuality. Together we will identify and explore our values and desires for ourselves and our relationships; participants will leave with tools for communication and reflection in order to support health, equity, and transparency in mixed-class relationships. 


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7:00 PM19:00

Safe and Seen: How to Support Your LGBTQ Friends & Family

A workshop for the loved ones of LGBTQ individuals.

As awareness and acceptance around gender and sexuality grows, more youth and adults are questioning, disclosing, and embracing their LGBTQ identities. For parents, families, and friends, this can be both joyous and stressful. Many do not always know how to best support LGBTQ friends & family or what they need to thrive. 

Whether struggling or feeling very supportive,  this presentation provides an opportunity for loved ones to learn more about LGBTQ identities and a space to ask tough questions.

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Enhancing Workplaces to Attract & Retain Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Employees
8:30 AM08:30

Enhancing Workplaces to Attract & Retain Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Employees

Nearly 1 in 10 LGBT employees have left a job because the work environment was unwelcoming. This contributes to costly turnover, lost talent, damaged reputations, and an impact on the bottom line.

This interactive training is designed to assist leadership, management, and HR professionals in creating businesses and organizations that support the needs of LGBT employees and job-seekers. Whether your agency has struggled with issues of workplace discrimination or wants to prevent litigation, whether you have a transgender employee seeking support or you want to proactively prepare for new LGBT hires – this training will increase your understanding of the many barriers LGBT employees face and how to address them.

In this training you will learn:

  • Tools for interpersonal communication with and about LGBT employee’s colleagues

  • Promising practices for HR, recruitment, facilities, and policies

  • Guidelines for supporting transgender employees transitioning in the workplace


Register through the Capital Region Chamber

Early Registration Tuition: $150 before November 19
Standard Tuition: $200


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TRANSitioning Your Practice: Enhancing Services for Transgender Individuals
9:00 AM09:00

TRANSitioning Your Practice: Enhancing Services for Transgender Individuals

This dynamic training offers social workers an in-depth opportunity to enhance their understanding of the identities, experiences and needs of transgender individuals. Attendees will explore common life stressors, barriers to care, and how to meet the service needs of trans individuals, while also challenging social & political gender-based oppression. The training will address the roles of social workers in the potential medical and legal transition needs of clients. A portion of this training (presented by Parker Reid and Darren Cosgrove, LMSW, PhD candidate) will highlight micro & macro work with non-binary young people and share promising practices based upon a pilot study. 

Click here to register through the SUNY-Albany School of Social Welfare.
Cost: $140 (Limited scholarships available for students and new social workers. Please email for more information.)

Current UAlbany Field Instructors receive a 50% discount on the cost of CE hours. 
7.5 CE hours. Approved for NYS Social Workers & NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselors. 


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1:45 PM13:45

Enhancing Library Services for LGBTQ Youth

  • New York Library Association - Youth Services Section Conference (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In addition to assisting library staff in better understanding the identities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) young people, this training highlights the unique challenges they face and how to create more supportive environments for them to thrive. With practical advice and tips for library services, learn how yours can be a welcoming and supportive place for LGBTQ young people and their families.

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Beyond 'Who Gets the Check:' Navigating Mixed-Class Relationships
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond 'Who Gets the Check:' Navigating Mixed-Class Relationships

If you’ve ever dated or been in a relationship with someone from a different socio-economic class background, you may have felt as though you’re operating in different languages...and you’re right. This interactive workshop examines the vital role class holds in our relationships as we navigate sexuality, family, and big & small decisions.

We will create space to examine how class interacts with other dynamics of race, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender, ability, and more. Join us for an exploration of our challenges and hopes, and leave with tools for better communication and action to support the health of our mixed-class relationships.

Sliding scale $6-25 (pay what you are able). All sexual orientations, genders, and relationship configurations welcome. Come on your own or with significant other(s)!

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9:00 PM21:00

Guest on the "Leading Edge Love" Podcast

Listen online to a live podcast from Sumati Sparks, Open Relationship Coach. The Leading Edge Love podcasts focuses on topics such as sexuality, intimacy, communication, intentional community, tantra, and more.

Lyndon will be on to discuss his education work in the area of relationships and intimacy,  highlighting how power & identity differences impact open relationships.

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3:00 PM15:00

Organizing Across Class Differences in Our Movements & Workplaces

If you've ever worked or organized with people from different socio-economic class backgrounds than yourself, you may have felt as though you're operating in different languages...and you're right. This interactive workshop examines the vital role our individual class backgrounds hold in our movements and workplaces, from donor relations to organizational culture. We'll explore more economically just tools for supporting the health of our work environments, organizing efforts, and selves. Co-facilitated with Rosy Galván.

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10:30 AM10:30

MAKING DIVERSION WORK: Anchoring the Process in Community Public Safety Groups

  • Toaward Justice: Reducing Harm and Improving Health & Safety (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Panelist at the Toward Justice Symposium:

"Community and public safety groups play a crucial role in the development and implementation of public health and public safety interventions. In many cases, innovative models like LEAD bring law enforcement and community members together around a common goal in ways that are very different than previous relationships to one another. Where and how are community public safety groups collaborating with law enforcement to develop diversion programs? What are the benefits and limits to such an approach? How do community public safety groups see diversion work fitting into efforts to end mass incarceration and the war on drugs? This workshop will explore the ways in which municipalities and communities have worked together to address issues of public safety, racial disparities in arrests, and reorient governmental responses to poverty, mental
health, and substance use."

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