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OUT Maine Online Training

These self-paced training modules provide professionals with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to successfully serve LGTBQ+ youth in all of their intersectional identities.

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Available Training Packages

The Basics for Building Welcoming and Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Youth - $59
is a six part series designed to provide foundational knowledge for adults who work with LGBTQ+ youth in any capacity.
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1Welcome

Learn about OUT Maine's work and model, as well as why supporting LGBTQ+ youth and creating welcoming and affirming communities is so important.

2The Importance of Language

Learn about the importance of language, terminology, name and pronoun usage, as well as strategies to communicate acceptance to LGBTQ+ youth.

3Risk and Protective Factors of LGBTQ+ Youth

Learn about the risk and protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth including how family support and/or rejection impacts this population and why the role of providers, educators and school staff is important.

4Healthy Adolescent Development and ACEs

Learn about the healthy development of an adolescent, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how this impacts youth.

5Best Practices for Inclusive Programming

Learn about the best practices and action steps for creating supportive and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth and staff.

6Strategies for Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

Learn about the key strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ youth including the unique needs of transgender youth and how to respond if a youth discloses that they are LGBTQ+.

Building Welcoming and Inclusive School Communities
is an eight-part series designed for administrators, educators, and school staff. The training builds on the knowledge learned in the basics training to provide school personnel with the tools and resources needed to create safer and more inclusive school communities for LGBTQ+ youth.
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1Welcome

Learn about OUT Maine's work and model, as well as why supporting LGBTQ+ youth and creating welcoming and affirming communities is so important.

2The Importance of Language

Learn about the importance of language, terminology, name and pronoun usage, as well as strategies to communicate acceptance to LGBTQ+ youth.

3Risk and Protective Factors of LGBTQ+ Youth

Learn about the risk and protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth including how family support and/or rejection impacts this population and why the role of providers, educators and school staff is important.

4Healthy Adolescent Development and ACEs

Learn about the healthy development of an adolescent, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how this impacts youth.

5Best Practices for Inclusive Programming

Learn about the best practices and action steps for creating supportive and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth and staff.

6Strategies for Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

Learn about the key strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ youth including the unique needs of transgender youth and how to respond if a youth discloses that they are LGBTQ+.

7LGBTQ+ Student Rights and Best Practice in Schools

Learn about the importance of inclusive school environments, supportive federal and state laws, and best practices for creating safe, welcoming and affirming spaces for all students, especially youth that identify as LGBTQ+.

8Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Curriculum

Learn about how the school environment, activities in the academic setting and behaviors of educators and peers affect a young person's feeling of safety and sense of belonging, especially for LGBTQ+ youth.

Best Practices for Working With LGBTQ+ Youth and Families (Coming Soon!)
is a four-part series designed for mental health professionals, school counselors, school nurses, case managers, and other professionals working with LGBTQ+ youth and families on a one-on-one basis. During this training, participants will explore the challenges they may face when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families, the impact of implicit bias, why it is important to recognize we all have it, key elements for working with LGBTQ+ youth, and navigating family dynamics. This training assumes that participants have a foundational knowledge of working with LGBTQ+ youth. Before this training, we recommend that participants take The Basics for Building Welcoming and Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Youth.
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Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families While Navigating Ethical Challenges

Learn how to build an affirming practice for LGBTQ+ youth and about resources to help remain engaged in the ongoing conversation about the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ youth. Identify where you are already comfortable in working with LGBTQ+ youth, and where you need more support and training.

Working with the Provider

Understand the impact of implicit bias, recognize personal implicit biases, recognize the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility, and know the steps to adopting a "not knowing" approach

Focusing on Youth

Name additional layers LGBTQ+ youth face during adolescence and identity development, understand the importance of an affirming mental health provider, explore strength-based approaches to treatment for LGBTQ+ youth, and understand the rights of LGBTQ+ students in Maine, and how to best advocate for clients in unsupportive school districts.

Working with Families

Understand the key components of, and be able to implement a strength-based model of working with families of LGBTQ+ youth, strategize a support plan for an LGBTQ+ youth when their family is not able to be supportive, and strategize a support plan for a family of an LGBTQ+ youth if their religious community is not supportive.

System Requirements

Since this online training program is web based, it can be used on any device that is capable of running a modern web browser and meet the following prerequisites:




Screen Resolution of At Least 1024 x 768



Broadband Internet Connection
(DSL, Cable, T1, etc)



JavaScript and Cookies Must be Enabled



Modern Web Browser
(Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari; on Windows, Mac, Android 4.4 and later and/or iOS 10 or later)

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Contact Us

If you experience technical difficulties or have trouble accessing your online trainings, please contact: outmaine@mcdph.org. All other questions and requests can be sent to education@outmaine.org.