The SafeZone Program is a pre-existing network of volunteers who are visibly committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for the LGBTQ population through the individuals they service and the people they interact with in their daily lives. SafeZone makes it possible to easily identify individuals who are dedicated to an environment in which all people are free to thrive academically, professionally and personally. This workshop, geared towards those in the helping profession, provides 2.5 CEU’s through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.
Your place or ours?
These training workshops are available for private in-house sessions for staff at your agency or by attending our regularly scheduled "In House" SafeZones. The next In-House SafeZone training will be hosted on Saturday, February 18th. Register here.
What to expect
By attending a Safe Zone presentation, the participants are presented with information to increase their skill set in providing services to a marginalized population. Upon completion, the individual will be well-equipped to be a support to a member of the LGBTQ community. Ohers can acknowledge this by a visible marker that is displayed, showing that their workspace is a
SafeZone. The aim of the program is to accomplish the following three objectives;
1. Increase knowledge - Professionals will gain valuable information on the LGBTQ
community, including; who the members of this population are; how this population is
affected by various systems; appropriate terms and general cultural competency; and an
understanding of the various problems they face and the strengths they use to face them.
2. Personal reflection – Participation in SafeZone training will not only encourage insight into
personal experiences with the LGBT community, but also an exploration into potential pre-
existing stereotypes and assumptions. By gaining a deeper awareness of personal ideas and
biases related to LGBTQ community members, the individual can work to eliminate or
compartmentalize these thought patterns and provide more quality services to their
3. Building ally skills – Each individual will leave with a general understanding and skills to
turn their work environment into a place that is safe and inclusive for the population at
large. Additionally, professionals stand to gain an increased comfort level in addressing
concepts and language regarding LGBTQ communities as well as the services and
organizations that support them. Attendance will ensure that the participant is more capable
to not only provide direct service to members of the LGBT community, but to act as an ally
in their work environments and the communities that they exist in.
Download the Training Summary for more information and pricing. To schedule a training, visit the Training Request page.