Co-facilitated by members of our core and ally team members, Ally/Advocate Training Camp is a 2-day knowledge and skills-based class, designed to help people who want to be better allies for transgender and non-binary people in their personal life, professional life and community, but want to be better prepared to do so.
ALLY/ADVOCATE TRAINING CAMP (ATC)
The following are our current available courses — click on the image to be taken to the registration page for that session:
Registration Details for TTI’s Ally/Advocate Training Camp:
The registration fee for this ATC includes family style lunches from local businesses, snacks and beverages throughout the course, and access to the TTI Alumni private Facebook group upon completion of the course, and a contribution towards supporting those who are otherwise financially not able to attend.
ATC is open to anyone 14 or older, but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (If you are looking for an ATC exclusively for youth, please contact us about our onsite youth-specific ATCs.)
Sliding Scale Rates:
We are excited to share that we are moving to a sliding scale structure for our Ally/Advocate Training Camps! We want folks who want to attend ATC to be able to do so, regardless of economic constraints, while also making sure that we are operating in accordance with our values of paying our trainers fairly for their time, energy and lived experiences while using responsible business practices. By offering registration at different price points and allotting a certain number of tickets for each, we are able to have some control over the income which allows us to make sure that we will be able to cover our costs. (Please see our blog post here for a deeper dive into how we selected this structure and why.)
The full cost of attendance is $250 per person. If you cannot afford $250, please purchase one of our sliding scale tickets ($75, $125 & $200). If you can afford to pay more, we hope that you will consider doing so, to help support the attendance of others who cannot afford the full fee.
When folks are able and willing to pay more, we redistribute those funds to cover the costs of the ticket for others who cannot afford to pay the full fee. We set aside a certain number of sliding scale spaces, but when folks who can afford to pay more do, we are able to use the difference in price to make another sliding scale seat available to those in need at this or a future ATC. While imperfect, this model allows us to balance all of the various factors with our values and provides opportunities for people with more economic privilege to directly benefit those who do not.
- $250-$500 – 15+ seats available (Full Price [$250] & Benefactor levels [$300, $350, $400, $500])
- $200 – 2 seats available (Sliding Scale)*
- $150 – 2 seats available (Sliding Scale)*
- $75 – 2 seats available (Sliding Scale)*
We are also able to offer a 5% group discount for groups of 4-10, and a 10% group discount for groups of 11 or more. *Since there are a limited number of sliding scale seats and that number can change based on Benefactor registrations, please email us if you would like to be added to the waitlist for a sliding scale seat.
Payment for your registration can be made through EventBrite here. If you need an invoice or would prefer to send a check, please email us and we will send an invoice over. Once you have completed your payment, you will be directed to a participant survey to finalize your attendance. If you are coming in from out of town, please email us and we will send you our housing list, which 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.
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Are you interested in better supporting current and future transgender and non-binary employees, clients, or patients? Our onsite Ally/Advocate Training Camp (ATC) is a 2-day course that is specially designed to help participants increase their transgender-related knowledge and provides opportunities to practice the key skills needed by allies to be effective advocates. ATC provides an opportunity for team building, while also helping your staff or community be better prepared to support transgender and non-binary individuals. When conducted onsite within an organization or within a local community network, ATC can be very useful in helping to spark cultural changes to be more affirming of transgender people. We are also able to offer youth-specific Ally/Advocate Training camps for youth in 7th grade and beyond!!
We always tailor our trainings to meet your specific needs, so when you bring ATC to your site, we will work with you to find out more about the current culture and challenges, and create a plan that aligns with your goals. Our onsite Training Camps work best when you have 10-25 individuals, though we are also able to create custom events for larger and smaller groups.
Generally speaking, we book our onsite Ally/Advocate Training Camps about 2-3 months in advance, though we may have flexibility for shorter turnaround times — please contact us to discuss further.
Looking to attend one of our open enrollment Ally/Advocate Training Camps, or wanting to learn more about what is included in our ATCs, please visit this link.
Are you a mental health provider who wants to be a better ally or advocate for transgender and non-binary individuals? Whether you are just starting to provide services to transgender and non-binary individuals, or have been doing so for years, you know that the work requires more than a weekly 50-minute therapy session. This class helps clinicians increase their transgender-related knowledge and provides opportunities to practice the key skills needed by allies to be effective advocates within mental health contexts and systems. Come join us for TTI’s Ally/Advocate Training Camp (ATC) specifically designed for clinicians! This intermediate training is designed for mental health providers and related helping professionals who are working with transgender and non-binary people and who would like to receive training on how to advocate for their clients outside of the therapy session as a necessary part of the work with transgender and non-binary people. This specialized ATC will help build your knowledge and skills to be a better ally and advocate, and practice examples of how to do so, within your clinical practice (& beyond)!
11 Category I CEUs available to social workers.
(Pending approval by Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.)
In order to make this course more accessible to fee-for-service clinicians, this one day in-person interactive training will be followed by three 2-hour online, interactive webinars. Due to the online portion, we request all participants have access to a computer with a webcam, in a quiet place with reliable wifi and mic’d headphones.
During this course, professionals will:
- Deepen understanding of what it is like to live as a person who is transgender or non-binary
- Explore the coming out processes for transgender and non-binary people, and how to best be of support as a clinical ally
- Identify areas of opportunity within your own professional and personal networks to proactively reduce common barriers that transgender and non-binary people face when accessing mental health care
- Increase your understanding of anti-transgender microaggressions and their impact your non-binary and transgender clients.
- Expand knowledge to identify and correct one’s own microaggressions in a clinical setting and beyond
- Practice skills to interrupt and advocate when microaggressions, bias and prejudice towards transgender and non-binary individuals occur.
- Increase confidence when advocating for transgender and non-binary individuals, in your professional setting and when communicating with professionals of other organizations.
- Consider how to engage in local, state and national advocacy for the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals.
Cost of Attendance:
The cost of attendance is $375 with CEs ($350 without CEs). We set aside a number of Student/Early Career seats available for those who are in school or are within 2 years of graduation ($275 with CEs, $250 without CEs).
* In order to receive CEs for this training, please be sure to select the registration ticket that includes the $25 CE fee.
Our current ATC for Mental Health Providers offerings are:
We are excited to be able to offer our Ally/Advocate Training Camp specifically for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)! We will be using the same ATC curriculum, but Dr. Jaymie Campbell will be tailoring the experience for BIPOC participants. This ATC is intended as an intentional space for BIPOC people, and people of all genders are welcome.
Want to be a better ally or advocate for transgender and non-binary individuals? Come join us for TTI’s Ally/Advocate Training Camp (ATC)! This class helps participants increase their transgender-related knowledge and provides opportunities to practice the key skills needed by allies to be effective advocates. Whether you have a family member who has recently come out to you as transgender or non-binary, you want to better support a friend or loved one who is transitioning, are seeking to be a more effective ally in the workplace or you just want to be better informed, ATC will help build your knowledge and skills to be a better ally and advocate!
Our Ally/Advocate Training Camp helps participants:
- Have a better understanding of what it is like to be transgender or non-binary, and the related opportunities and challenges.
- Explore the coming out processes for transgender and non-binary people, and how to best beof support as an ally.
- Have a strong understanding of transgender related terminology, as well as language to avoid.
- Understand the ways in which gender restrictions impact people of all gender identities and expressions.
- Understand the key components, nuances and responsibilities that come with being an ally for transgender and non-binary communities.
- Experience greater comfort and ease with asking for affirming name and pronouns,and correcting others when they misname or misgender a transgender or non-binary person.
- Having more tools and skills to interrupt microaggressions, bias and prejudice towards transgender and non-binary individuals.
- Be more confident when advocating for transgender and non-binary individuals, both personally and professionally.
- Be familiar with the resources available for transgender and non-binary individuals, and their loved ones.
- Have a better understanding of how to engage in local, state and national advocacy for the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals.
What ATC Alums Have Said About Their Experiences:
"If you come in knowing nothing, you'll leave knowing more. If you come in knowing everything, you'll still leave knowing more. The presenters are engaging and able and willing to meet where you are to help you become the best possible ally to the trans community."
-Fall 2018 Onsite ATC Participant
"TTI Ally/Advocate Training Camp provided me with knowledge, tools, and skills to continue to serve as an 'ally in training' to the transgender and non-binary community. It was a pleasure to learn from the training team and generate an unforgettable experience with the other trainees."
- Spring 2019 ATC Participant
It was inspiring to hold space with a group of other people committed to their own growth around being an ally/advocate for transgender and non-binary people and to be led with such generosity, clarity and compassion. It is rare to feel so taken care of, yet challenged by a space.
-2019 Spring ATC Participant
"My experience of attending Ally/Advocate Training has been incredibly impactful to my life, professionally and personally. It was a weekend surrounded by spectacular people wanting to do the kind of work to make the world we live in a beautiful, safer place."
-Spring 2019 ATC Participant
"I consider myself quite informed and open-minded, but this training camp reminded my how much more there always is to learn, and how much more growing we can always do. Thank you TTI!"
- Fall 2018 ATC participant
"I thought the knowledge I've gained over the years about LGBTQ communities was enough. What I discovered about the Transgender Community was an added bonus...thank you TTI for broadening my mind and my heart."
-Fall 2018 ATC Participant