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Training-of-Trainers

Led by TTI founder Dr. Eli Green, our Training-of-Trainers (TOT) is a three day 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!

What Our TOT Alums Have Said About Their Experience:

Registration info

Our 2020 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 2020 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.

Cancellation Policy:

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.

Onsite TOTs

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, 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.

Generally speaking, we book our onsite Training-of-Trainers about 4-6 months in advance, though we may have flexibility for shorter turnaround times — please contact us to discuss further.

Scholarship Applications

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 2-3 scholarship seats for each TOT, and more when we can. Priority is 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 do receive more scholarship applications that we are able to grant.

To apply for any of our 2020 TOTs
please click here.

***SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS CLOSE 4 MONTHS BEFORE EACH TOT. ONCE THAT DATE HAS PASSED, WE NOTIFY ALL APPLICANTS WITHIN THE MONTH, 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE TOT BEGINS.****

Please note that unfortunately at the present time we are not able to provide travel assistance for scholarship recipients, and are in the process of raising funds to help offset costs for scholarship awardees.

If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, please see our travel support page here.

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:

  • 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

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.

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 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 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.

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:

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.
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