Consulting, Education & Training

Public Workshops & Appearances

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

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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