After 7 years, we have decided to retire the Training-of-Trainers to explore new passions. July will be our last run for open enrollment.
(We will continue to do onsite TOTs by request/as our availability allows).
Led by TTI founder Dr. Eli Green, our Training-of-Trainers (TOT) is a 3 day in person / 4 day online professional development course for educators, trainers and facilitators who are interested in teaching transgender content to cisgender adults and want to connect with others who are doing this work!
Our 2022 prices are noted below, and provide a semi-structured sliding scale to help keep the TOTs financially accessible to those who otherwise could not attend. The cost includes 3 family style lunches from locally-owned restaurants (Philly TOTs only), coffee/tea, seltzers, snacks, a copy of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit, a contribution towards our scholarship program and access to our TOT alumni group on Facebook. Five percent (5%) of the proceeds for each TOT is donated to a non-profit selected by the TTI team, with a particular focus on donating to organizations that focus on intersectional anti-oppression work or are run by or benefiting trans/non-binary communities.
The 2022 registration rates are:
- $975 for organizations/companies (>750,000 gross annually)
- $825 for organizations/companies (<750,000 gross annually)
- $675 for individuals (not being reimbursed)
- $465 for students and early career professionals (2 years after graduation and not being reimbursed- please note that proof of enrollment or graduation may be requested)
- $100 for scholarship recipients (2-3 seats available per TOT, priority given to trans and non-binary folks of color and/or multiply marginalized and their loved ones.)
Early registration is recommended, as these do consistently sell out! Payment can be made through Eventbrite at the registration link at the top of this page. Once you have completed your payment, you will be directed to a participant survey to finalize your attendance. If you need an invoice or would prefer to send a check, please email us and we will send one over.
A limited number of scholarships are available for those who need financial support to attend our TOTs. Priority will be given to trainers who are: transgender, people of color, from under represented/high need areas, partners or loved ones of people who are transgender, and/or do not have sponsorship from an organization to attend. Please note that we receive about 15-20 applications for 2-3 seats per TOT, so we recommend telling us much as you can about your work, identities and desire to attend in your application. Please visit our scholarship page in order to apply. If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, please see our travel support page here.
Participants have up until 30 days prior to the training date to cancel your registration, minus a $100 fee. Cancellation requests less 30 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. In the event that a last minute emergency prevents you from attending, we will work with you to transfer your registration to another TOT. Due to demand and logistics, we are only able to offer transfer of registration once.
Our hallmark Transgender Training TOT is a professional development course for educators, trainers and facilitators who are interested in teaching transgender content to adults. Over the course of three days in person or 4 days online, we break down each of the elements of a successful “Transgender 101” training and help our participants to hone their skills to deliver highly impactful trainings. Using The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills as a textbook for this course, we help prepare educators to implement the lesson plans included in the book and provide support around aspects of nuanced facilitation such as responding to Frequently Asked Questions, handling challenging participants, addressing microaggressions and managing resistance or social justice fatigue.
Our onsite TOTs are customized to the specific areas/audiences that your organization/team serves, which means that we tailor our content and guidance to your particular needs and goals. Our onsite TOTs work best when there are 12-20 participants. This course is designed for individuals who have a solid transgender knowledge base and are interested in teaching this content to other adults. Experience with teaching or public speaking is often helpful, but not required. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome in our TOTs, and we consistently strive to create a learning space that is fully affirming.
Dr. Green sets aside 3 onsite TOT slots in his annual training calendar — please contact us to discuss further.
One of our core values here at The Transgender Training Institute is our belief that access to high quality professional development trainings should not be limited to those who have the financial privilege to pay out of pocket, or have jobs that provide that support. Accordingly, we reserve 2 scholarship seats for each TOT, and more when we can. Priority is given to trainers who are: transgender/non-binary, people of color, from under represented/high need areas, partners or loved ones of people who are transgender/non-binary, and/or do not have sponsorship from an organization to attend. Please note that we do receive many more scholarship applications that we are able to grant.
To apply for a TOT scholarship: please click here.
***SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS CLOSE 10 WEEKS BEFORE EACH TOT. ONCE THAT DATE HAS PASSED, WE NOTIFY ALL APPLICANTS WITHIN 3 WEEKS.****
Are you a trainer who is looking to:
- Incorporate transgender topics into your current work?
- Hone your training skills on transgender topics?
- Learn best practices in teaching transgender content?
- Increase participants’ compassion and empathy?
- Finesse your responses to Transgender FAQs?
- Address participant microaggressions?
- Utilize the best teaching methods to match your goals?
If so, our TOT is the course you are looking for! During our time together we work together to break down the key elements of a successful “Trans 101” training – the nuances of framing and explaining terminology, navigating FAQs, building compassion, integrating intersectionality, and managing participants’ microaggressions — and then put it all together by building an agenda to meet the needs of your audience. We use The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills as a textbook for this course, we help prepare educators to implement the lesson plans included in the book and provide support around aspects of nuanced facilitation such as responding to Frequently Asked Questions, handling challenging participants, addressing microaggressions and managing resistance or social justice fatigue.
This course is open to people of all genders, and while experience as a trainer is useful, it is not required. Having a strong knowledge of transgender content is required. Having a working understanding of intersectionality is also helpful. Our trainings draw participants from all over the United States, and a wide variety of implementation settings, including: K-12 schools, diversity trainings, colleges and universities, public health organizations, direct service and community based organizations, local, state and federal government, as well as corporate and business environments.
Prior Open-Enrollment Training-of-Trainer Courses:
- September 21-14, 2020, Virtual
- August 17-20, 2020, Virtual
- July 20-23, 2020, Virtual
- June 1-5, 2020, Virtual
- May 18-21, 2020, Virtual
- Dec 4-6, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
- July 22-24, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
- May 7-9 2019, Portland, OR
- March 13-15, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
- September 12-14, 2018, Omaha, NE
- July 31- August 2, 2018, Brooklyn, NY
- June 26-28, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
- January 16-18, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
- November 1-3, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
- July 31- August 2, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
- June 20-22, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
- January 11-13, 2017, New York, NY
- November 4-6, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
- August 15-17, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
- August 8-19, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
- June 26-28, 2016, Ithaca, NY
What Our TOT Alums Have Said About Their Experience:
"This is a perfect training for anyone who is doing this type of work. I met folks who were established trainers, prospective trainers, or who were casually educating their peers/colleagues. I think everyone was able to learn and practice valuable and practical skills. I would consider TTI TOT the gold standard."
- March 2019 Philly TOT Participant
"The TTI TOT was an incredible training experience. While I have been in facilitator trainings before, I have never been in a workshop as impactful or useful as the TOT. I truly feel that my capacity and confidence to continue my work as a facilitator have vastly grown, as have my connections to other folx doing this work. Thanks much to Eli and team!!"
- March 2019 TOT Participant
"I have never experienced a TOT that had my attention from start to finish. There was so much information, in any other TOT I would be fatigued halfway through, however this was a TOT lead by passion and love for the work we do, and it was phenomenal! So much gratitude for the work you do Eli! I feel renewed for the work I do."
- 2018 Onsite TOT Participant
Eli was fantastic! He made everyone feel comfortable and made the training understandable and enjoyable. Additionally, his methodical and well explained approach was incredible.The course material was comprehensive and easy to follow. If you want to attend a Transgender TOT that is highly interactive and engaging look no further - this is the best!
- July 2019 TOT Participant
"This was a fantastic training! Well planned, well researched, well designed/organized and well facilitated! The materials and resources are fantastic and will help immensely both for training and for reference. Easily one of the best professional trainings I have ever attended!"
- July 2019 TOT Participant
"If you are looking for an immersive experience that will shake up your knowledge and depth of curriculum - TTI's Training of Trainers is it. You will leave this space with a defined confidence in training, but also with more questions and curiosity that you came in with. There is nothing like it! 10/10."
- May 2019 Portland Oregon
"This was the best training I have attended. Not only did it provide a space to apply practical strategies and practice skills, but it allowed for participants to learn from one another. The modeling of creating affirming spaces and handling microaggressions was something I really appreciated. The information and delivery were both thoughtful and deliberate. I would encourage anyone doing anti-oppression work of any kind to attend this training."
- May 2019 Portland Oregon
"This is one of the most useful professional development opportunities I have attended. This increased my knowledge, attitudes, and skills about training pedagogy and anti-oppression work generally. On top of that I learned an incredible amount about training process and content related to transgender topics. Eli is a phenomenal facilitator, and this TOT is brilliantly designed to help adults learn. I got so much from this, and it set me up to continue my work and learning in an informed and supportive way. I strongly recommend this TOT for anyone doing any type of training- on trans 101 and related topics. I hope to participate in future trainings."
- May 2019 Portland Oregon
"As a religious leader, this was a transformative experience for me. I was able to see both the harm and the hope that religious communities have in the Transgender community. With TOT I learned useful techniques to manage difficult situations and teach compassion in my trainings."
Sept 2018 Omaha, Nebraska
"I had the Teaching Transgender Toolkit on my work bookshelf for three months without time to delve into it. Now, after this training, I know how to prepare a training and am eager for a chance to start training the content."
- Sept 2019 Onsite TOT Participant
NYC Department of Education
"Dr. Eli Green is the best facilitator I have ever seen in action, and Dr. Green does an incredible job of holding space for learning, modeling patience/compassion/humor and teaching in a way that ensures the content is accessible without lowering the bar for the learners. I think anyone and everyone would benefit from attending the TOT. I highly, highly recommend this learning experience, both for the content and to see Dr. Green in action!"
-July 2019 TOT Participant
"If you're thinking about signing up for this training don't hesitate, just do it. The TOT is by far the most impactful, valuable training I've ever participated in and as a social worker, I've been to A LOT of trainings. Everyone present helped to create a space where it was ok to learn, to ask questions and to support each other in our learning process, wherever we were. I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the TOT and excited to continue being part of this community as a TOT alumni."
- July 2019 TOT Participant
"Honestly, I was a little worried going into this that I might be disappointed by the lack of content for more advanced/experienced trainers (and we all know what it’s like to sit in several days of boring/crappy training). However, the TOT program really does offer something for ALL trainers. There was a lot of nuance in the way that content was presented, and there were a bunch of new ideas for me to grab onto to incorporate into my existing body of trainings. I left knowing that what I am doing now is awesome, but that I can also take my trainings to a whole new level, especially with the Teaching Transgender Tookit itself, which is filled with interactive and engaging exercises for training attendees/participants. So grateful for the work that TTI is doing, and for the way in which they’re doing it."
- Dec 2019 TOT Participant
"Never have I attended a training where I felt so seen, validated, and challenged. Other facilitator trainings should take note because these folks know how to do it! I am normally a 'sit quietly in the back' kind of person, but the structure and energy of the whole experience made me feel genuinely comfortable and excited to engage!"
- Dec 2019 TOT Participant
"TTI's TOT was possibly the toughest, most intense, and yet most useful training I've ever had; and I've been to dozens and dozens of trainings. The content was powerful and a lot to take in; and the impact of each day stayed with me each evening and into the weekend...and is with me still. Dr. Green is an excellent trainer; his passion to reach the masses with this important message comes through the training program. It's almost like he reads the room, and provides tips we didn't know we'd need; like he's keyed into our wave length. I feel more confident as a trainer having TTI as a resource and touchstone."
- Aug 2018 Onsite TOT
Tranz Central Coast
"Do not pass up the opportunity to take this training. No training I have taken so far is more intentional, constructive, and impactful than TTI TOT. Eli is phenomenal in relaying his knowledge, skills, and experience as a professional facilitator. He is able to reach everyone in the room while still holding space for an affirming environment, acknowledging the intersectionality of the work everyone in the room is a part of, professionally and personally, time and time again - setting a model example of how one should always be intersectional when giving Transgender 101 trainings. I was not expecting to receive all that TOT gave and I am grateful for the time and experience. With new skills, new ideas, and an unknown feeling of *strong* confidence, I know how to continue my current work in training on transgender topics thanks to TTI TOT."
-Aug 2018 Onsite TOT
Tranz Central Coast
Frequently Asked Questions about our TOTs:
Yes! Our TOTs are open to anyone who would like to attend, regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression 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.
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:
$975 for organizations/companies (>750,000 gross annually)
$825 for organizations/companies (<750,000 gross annually) $675 for individuals (not being reimbursed)
$465 for students and early career professionals (2 years after graduation and not being reimbursed- please note that proof of enrollment or graduation may be requested)
$100 for scholarship recipients (2-3 seats available per TOT, priority given to trans and non-binary folks of color and/or multiply marginalized and their loved ones.)
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.
Generally speaking, when space allows, we are able to put a 2 week hold on your seat. Please email us for more information.
We understand that paying at all once can be a burden and that not everyone has or wishes to use credit, so we do our best to provide payment plan options when possible. Generally speaking, the overall cost of the TOT at your registration rate is divided by the number of months until the TOT, so that the full fee is paid 30 days prior to the start of the TOT. Please email our Training Coordinator, Kelsey, to discuss.
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, we will provide you with a refund, minus $100. In the event that a last minute emergency prevents you from attending, we will work with you to transfer your registration to another TOT. Due to demand and logistics, we are only able to offer transfer of registration once.
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.
Generally speaking, all of our Philly TOTs & ATCs run from 10 AM to 6 PM, unless otherwise noted on the course registration page. We do often end closer to 5:30 PM on the third day, but the specific time varies from cohort to cohort, so we recommend planning for 6 PM.
Thanks for registering! In your confirmation email from Eventbrite, you should have received a link to pre-course survey on GoogleDocs. This survey completes your registration. We will be in touch about 2 months prior to the TOT, 1 month prior to the TOT and 1 week prior to the TOT.
In addition to the recommended readings from The Teaching Transgender Toolkit, we 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.
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.
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. If you are searching, please use zip code 19143 — the closest neighborhoods are University City & West Philly. Please email us to ask for our current housing information sheet.
About our TOTs
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 a sample recent menu for the three days as an example: