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

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

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

Now with the Handbook we have issued, 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. The publication is in English, and is consisted of six general and four specific modules, intended for each target group. Through theoretical frames and diverse activities, the Handbook covers topics such as: LGBTIQ terminology, coming out, transgender and gender diverse persons, homophobia/biphobia/transphobia/interphobia, LGBTI human rights and systems of oppression, personal prejudice etc.

The Handbook for Trainers provides guidance for trainers who would like to implement trainings for mental health professionals with the goal of improving the professionals' attitudes, knowledge and skills related to LGBTQI+ persons.

Topics from the Handbook will be a part of an e-learning platform (with a 16 hours online training program for above-mentioned target groups) that is being finalised and is to be presented soon.

Download the entire Handbook for free here.


Together we’re continuing to improve the support for LGBTIQ+ people.

This publication was produced as part of the project Common Point - Innovative approaches to

training mental health service providers for the quality support of LGBTQI+ people, co-funded by the

European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. As an intellectual output, it belongs to the organisations

taking part in the project implementation.

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