Bridge 13 Community Education Project
Of the bridges in the Portland, Oregon area we are, metaphorically, the 13th (The Tilikum Crossing Bridge of The People being the 14th…). The Bridge 13 Community Education Project bridges LGB, queer, and trans* communities with the greater Tri-County community, its resources and its services. Our professional facilitators work with a variety of participants, from social service and medical providers to educators and students, to enhance the safety and accessibility of services and spaces for LGBTQ youth and adults.
Creating Safer Spaces for Youth and Adults
You may know Bridge 13 as a program of SMYRC, Q Center’s Youth and Young Adult program. While our program continues to serve youth service providers, particularly those within the SUN Service System, we have also expanded our capacity to be able to offer trainings for a larger variety of professionals who work with communities of all ages. We also continue to train youth and students as well as community members outside of their professional roles.
We offer the following menu of trainings. Each of these curricula are flexible to the needs of your group. We will work with you throughout the scheduling process to specify the training to meet your particular goals and improve its relevancy to your line of work.
General Bridge 13
2 or 3 hours + in length
The Bridge 13 training is a gentle (but challenging!), interactive training that can range in its scope from quite introductory/ 101 to a bit more in-depth/ 201. As facilitators, we work to ensure a balance where, in a single training, folks can be in quite different places in terms of their knowledge of the topics covered.
Bridge 13 participants gain a better understanding of terminology and its usage, explore the ways that cultural gender norms can be restrictive, and discuss more inclusive ways of conceptualizing gender and sexual orientation. Additionally, participants take away tangible skills for creating safer, more accessible services, spaces, and work environments.
This curriculum is the broadest in its scope and covers topics related to sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and gender expression. If your group would like a training that is focused specifically on gender identity and/or topics related to trans* identities, we can emphasize them, though will speak to sexual orientation and LGBQP identities as well.
2 or 3 hours + in length
If you are looking for training from Q Center’s SMYRC program, this is the curriculum you are looking for. Bridge 13 can specifically focus topics and skills on working with and supporting LGBTQQ youth or specifically LGBTQQ youth in the foster care system. This training can also be geared toward youth aged participants. If you are a SUN Service System provider or partner, you qualify for Tier 1 of our sliding scale, and we can provide you this training free of charge. If you are not a SUN provider or partner, please see our sliding scale below (scroll down).
In addition to the topics covered in the general Bridge 13, participants in the youth providers training will learn about LGBTQ youth risk and protective factors as well as unique barriers youth may face. The tactics participants will take away will be specified to working with youth aged folks or youth in care.
Trans* Identities and Clinical Issues
3 or 4 hours + in length
This training is geared toward medical and mental health providers and focuses on topics related to creating safer, and more accessible and responsive clinical environments for trans* and gender nonconforming patients. “Trans*” is a broad umbrella term that we are using to encompass folks who do not identify with the sex and/or gender they were assigned at birth or who do not express their gender in ways that are culturally expected of them. For more on the term, click here.
The Trans* Identities and Clinical Issues training can increase your understanding of trans* identities, health care needs, and barriers to access that many trans* identified patients face. The cultural responsiveness of your practice can help address the acute crisis of health care access within trans* populations.
2 hours + in length
This training focuses on a variety of ways that organizations, agencies, and the professionals within them can build intake forms and conduct intake and/or reception processes in ways that are responsive to the needs of LGBTQ identified patients and clients.
The intake process is often the gateway to accessing services, and its standardization, if not built with their needs in mind, has shown to create barriers for LGBTQ identified people. The training focuses on the topic of intake form questions regarding patient/client identity (e.g. name, sex, gender, pronouns, legal statuses, etc.) as well as relationship and familial status, which may relate to serving people who identify across LGBTQ spectrums. Beyond the form itself, we can also address intake interviews and other staff interactions included in the reception of a patient/client.
To discuss options or schedule a training, please contact Nash Jones at Nash@pdxQcenter.org. They will need the following information to begin scheduling process. If you are not quite ready to begin scheduling, feel free to email Nash with any initial questions you have about the program.
- Who is the training for? (e.g. the role of the participants, a particular department, etc.)
- How many people will be attending the training? Please note that we cap our trainings at 40 participants. If you have over that amount, please discuss your options with Nash
- How much time can you allot for training? Please note the minimums listed for each curriculum
- Is the training mandatory or voluntary for the participants?
- Is there a particular reason you are seeking training? What objectives do you have?
- Who is the contact person, and what is their contact information?
Fee for Service
The hourly fee for the training is on a sliding scale to ensure accessibility to our services. Your fee will be determined during the scheduling process, though is based on the following scale. The facilitator’s mileage will be charged in addition to the fee for service at a rate of 56 cents/mile.
* = Annual operating budget of less than $500,000.
** = Annual operating budget of $500,000 to $1,000,000.
*** = Annual operating budget of over $1,000,000.