Fresh from LORI: Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people - Handbook for trainers

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As part of the project “Common Point - Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people”, organisations Hatter Tarsasag, Prague Pride, Single Step Foundation and Lesbian Organisation Rijeka-LORI have issued the Handbook for trainers of the same name. The aim is to develop an innovative and easily accessible material to train mental health professionals, in order to promote the design of personalised support programs for LGBTIQ+ people in their empowerment processes.

Within the same project LORI has held successfully the 5-days training course on LGBTIQ+ topics for mental health service providers and recently we have presented the series of educational videos on various LGBTIQ+ topics

Successfully held training course on LGBTIQ+ topics for mental health service providers

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As part of the Erasmus+ project “CommonPoint - Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people”, Lesbian Organisation Rijeka – LORI held a training course on LGBTIQ+ topics for mental health service providers from  April 21st until April 25th 2021 via the Zoom platform.

By exchanging knowledge, experiences and practices, 15 attendees (clinical psychologists, school counsellors, social workers and crisis hotline operators from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia) had their capacities strengthened which increased the quality of mental health services for LGBTIQ+ persons.

Educational videos on LGBTIQ+ topics for mental health professionals

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As part of the Erasmus+ project “Common Point - Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people”, organisations from four European countries (Hatter Tarsasag from Hungary, Prague Pride from Czech Republic, Single Step Foundation from Bulgaria and Lesbian Organisation Rijeka-LORI from Croatia) together work on developing an innovative and easily accessible material to train professionals in the field of mental health, in order to promote the design of personalised support programs for LGBTIQ+ people in their empowerment processes.

Hence, last year within this project LORI has held successfully the 5-days training course on LGBTIQ+ topics for mental health service providers. Now, we are excited to present series of educational videos on various LGBTIQ+ topics. Through six short videos (10-24 minutes long), our intention is to increase the knowledge and cultural competences of mental health professionals (school counsellors, crisis hotline operators, employee assistance programs counsellors, social workers, clinical psychologists) on LGBTIQ+ topics. Videos are in English and subtitles are available in Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian and English, and they cover various topics such as: LGBTIQ terminology and basic concepts, coming out, specific aspects of working with LGBTIQ+ persons for mental health professionals, challenges of being transgender or gender diverse person, homophobia/biphobia/transphobia/interphobia, LGBTI human rights, violence and discrimination etc.

Common Point: Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people

Posted in Common Point: Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people

Project Common Point - Innovative approaches to training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI people lasts from October 1st 2019 until July 31st 2022.

Through the exchange of good practices at European level, project aims at developing innovative materials of wide diffusion that gather these experiences and multiply their impact in diverse territorial contexts. Specifically, to create an innovative and easily accessible material to train professionals in the field of mental health, in order to promote the design of personalized support programs for LGBTQI people in their empowerment processes. Also, aim is to link the needs of LGBTQI people with professionals interested in learning about this group through an educational program.

Project is following these specific objectives:

  • to improve the social inclusion of LGBTQI people by increase the number of mental health services tailored to the needs of LGBTQI people;
  • to increase the knowledge, skills and cultural competences of mental health professionals (school counsellors, crisis hotline operators, employee assistance programs counsellors, social workers, clinical psychologists) on LGBTQI people;
  • to develop a manual for an accredited training course of mental health professionals based on good practices collected in the field – to develop innovative online tools and methods for training mental health professionals;
  • to share good practices among LGBTQI organisations active in the field of mental health.

The project aims at developing an offline and an online education program about LGBTQI people for professionals in the social and mental health care system. As an intellectual output of this project experts from the participating organisations will create a Handbook with methods and tools to use during a two-day in person training programs (for 4 different target groups) and well as an E-learning material with a 16 hours online training program (for 4 different target groups) available on an online training platform.

The project also organises 2 international mutual learning events where the partner CSOs can share their best practices, train their staff members to become trainers and mentors for the adult learners as well as train the first users of the offline and online learning materials. Necessarily, the developed training course and e-learning modules are accompanied by awareness raising on prevention and detection of violations of rights of LGBTQI people in the health services and the promotion of measures that guarantee the right to equal treatment and opportunities of this groups.

Project coordinator is Hatter Tarsasag (Hungary) and partner organisations are: Prague Pride (Czech Republic), Single Step Foundation (Bulgaria) and Lesbian Organisation Rijeka LORI (Croatia).

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