TOT: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions about our TOTs:

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Registration costs for the 3-day training includes a copy of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit, a contribution to the scholarship fund to help support individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend the training, assorted snacks and beverages, and access to our private Facebook group for TTI TOT Alumni. For TOTs held in Philadelphia, we also include lunch from local businesses on each of the 3 training days.

The cost of attendance is $600 for individuals who are paying independent of an organization, and $750 for individuals who are having their costs reimbursed or covered by an organization. We also offer a student/early career professional rate of $450 for current students and those who have completed their degrees in the past 2 years and are not being reimbursed by an organization.  (Please note that proof of enrollment or graduation may be requested).

Generally speaking, our TOTs run from 10 AM to 6 PM, unless otherwise noted on the course registration page.  We do often end closer to 5 PM on the third day, but the specific time varies from cohort to cohort, so we recommend planning for 6 PM.

We strongly discourage participants from planning to attend only part of the TOT.  Because our TOT courses are designed in such a way where everything builds on what has come before, we do not allow people to plan to arrive late.  We also do cover content up until the end of the TOT, and strongly discourage attendees from leaving early.  In the past, when folks have had to leave early, they often regret it and end up re-registering for the course.

Absolutely!   Please email us at info@transgendertraininginstitute.com and we will send over an invoice.  Generally speaking, we are able to put a 2 week hold on your seat while the check is being generated on your end.

Generally speaking, when space allows, we are able to put a 2 week hold on your seat.   Please email us at info@transgendertraininginstitute.com for more information.

Yes!  Our TOTs are open to anyone who would like to attend, regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender identity or sexual orientation.  Our criteria for attending is that you must have at least a foundational (Transgender 101) knowledge base.  Since this training is specifically about how to deliver content, it is important that all attendees already have content knowledge prior to attending.

Our TOT meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and has been approved for 21 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.  (Core Knowledge Areas:  C, D, N, O & SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5).

We are unable to provide other CE’s at this time, but we encourage you to check with your certifying/accrediting body to see if they have a reciprocal agreement with AASECT.

Our TOTs generally sell out, so if you are unable to attend the training, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can fill your seat. Participants have up until 30 days prior to the training date to cancel their registration, minus a $100 fee. Cancellation requests less 14 days prior to the training will not be eligible for a refund unless someone from the waitlist is able to take the vacated spot. In that case, a partial refund of $300 will be provided, or alternatively, registration may be rescheduled/postponed to a future training for a fee of $150.

Generally speaking, we mail out copies of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit one month prior to the TOT.  The exception to this is if you selected that you already have a copy, in which case we will give you your second copy at the start of the TOT.  We try to send out an email alerting you to when books are being shipped, though you are always welcome to email us and inquire about the status of your book.

In addition to the recommended readings from The Teaching Transgender Toolkitwe also recommend securing a copy of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and reading through the areas of interest.  This will help you to fill in knowledge gaps prior to the TOT and will make your time during the TOT more effective.

We announce new courses via our low-volume list-serve, and on our Facebook page.  Please consider signing up or following us in order to be the first to know when we announce our new courses!

 

For our TOT’s held in Philly:

Yes!  We keep an up-to-date housing list that includes all of our recommended options, including trans-affirming AirBnB’s within walking distance to our training space, the local LGBTQ owned and run Bed and Breakfast, and hotels located nearby.  Please email us to ask for our current housing information sheet.

For TOTs hosted in Philadelphia:

If you are trying to book a train, we recommend that your train arrive no later than 9:15 AM on the first day and depart no earlier than 6:30 PM on the last day.  This will allow you for enough time to get to and from our training space without having to worry too much about traffic.  The drive from The Cedar Works to 30th Street Station averages about 15 minutes when there is no traffic, and closer to 20 when there is.

If you are trying to book a plane ticket, we recommend arriving the night before if at all possible. In the instance this is not possible, you will want to make sure that your flight arrives no later than 8:30 AM.  For return flights, we recommend booking for 7 PM or after, so that you do not miss anything on the last day.  The Cedar Works is about a 25 minute drive from the airport, depending on traffic.  Rush hour traffic can add as much as a half hour or more if there is an accident.

For TOTs held in Philadelphia, we also include lunch from local businesses on each of the 3 training days.  Our menu varies from training to training, but we make it a point to provide options for people who practice vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets.*  We also provide snacks such as fruit, yogurts, granola bars, chips, cookies and the occasional candy. We generally try to provide organic snacks when feasible. We always have a supply of filtered water, flavored sparkling waters, coffee, and tea on hand, as well as dairy and non-dairy creamers.

FYI – While we are  generally able to accommodate some food allergies, those with severe allergies are encouraged to consider bringing their own food, as TTI cannot be held liable for any allergens that may be present in the food.  

Here is our most recent menu for the three days as an example:

Day 1:  Mediterranean (From Hummus)
Hummus, falafel, grape leaves, cabbage salad, Turkish salad, Moroccan potato cigars, tabouli, chicken kabobs, beef kabobs, pita and gluten free bread.  (Minus the kabobs, all of the food is vegetarian/vegan friendly.)  
Day 2: Indian (From New Delhi)
Vegetable samosas, basmati rice, naan, salad and your choice of channa masala (veg), gobi masala (vegan), and/or chicken curry.  Everything except the chicken curry is vegetarian, and all but the channa masala and curry are vegan.
Day 3:  Mexican (From Honest Tom’s)
Build your own taco bar, and, build your own nacho bar.  Options include: flour or corn tortillas, sweet potatoes, grilled veggies, pork, chicken, vegetarian black beans, rice, queso fresco, pickled jalapenos, vegetarian black bean sauce, pico de gallo, chipotle sour cream, guacamole and Honest Tom’s own line of hot sauces.