Professional Training


“A lot of the Midwestern transgender community’s resources have been created by JAC. They are things we didn’t have before and it impacts transgender people around the country.” – Andrea Jenkins

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JAC Stringer has been working as a community organizer, activist educator, and group facilitator for over fifteen years. He has a Masters in Social Work with a specialty in trans and queer community building, radical activism, group work, and counseling. He has been invited across the USA for his educational presentations, skill building workshops, professional trainings, keynote lectures, and more. 

His academic background in Psychology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Social Work have made him an asset to classrooms for high school, undergraduate, and graduate level students and his workplace trainings are requested by a diverse range of professionals in human service, education, faith communities, and business. As a educator, JAC’s deepest passion lies in teaching people, especially youth and young adults, empowering tools to change their environments through activism, education, and social justice.

No two presentations are alike! JAC tailors each to fit the people in the room. He’s well known for his down to earth teaching style that meets people where they are regardless of experience. JAC prioritizes creating a safe, transparent space that is accessible for all types of learners and levels of familiarity. Custom presentations are also available. 

Trainings:

All presentations are designed to be a minimum of two hours. Shorter length can be requested, depending on the training.

Trans 101 or LGBTQPIATS+ 101 

This workshop delves into the mass of  labels and theories that surround gender, sexuality, and building community. Participates discuss identities, sexuality, and society through a history of cultural influences on how and why we think about gender and sexuality as we do. It includes information on useful terminology, cultural history, best practice, and allyship tools.

Social Justice and Serving the Transgender Community, for Mental Health Care Providers

Professional training session for human service providers to increase their cultural competency when working with transgender and gender variant populations. As the number of transgender people accessing human services increases, so must the our ability to serve them. This training will educate participants on culturally responsible language, discuss trans experiences, and provide harm reductive tools to address disenfranchisement. It includes terminology, population data, service tools, case studies, and learning activities to make for providing culturally competent, responsibly informed care that empowers the trans people we serve. The training is offered as a 1 , 2 , 4 , 8, or 12 hour seminar.

LGBTQPIATS+ Competency in Human Services Level I, Level II, and Level III

Professional training session for human service providers to increase their cultural competency when working with LGBTQPIATS+ populations. As the number of LGBTQPIATS+ people accessing human services increases, so must the our ability to serve them. This training will educate participants on culturally responsible language, discuss LGBTQPIATS+ experiences, and provide harm reductive tools to address disenfranchisement. It includes terminology, population data, service tools, case studies, and learning activities to make for providing culturally competent, responsibly informed care that empowers the LGBTQPIATS+ people we serve. The training is offered as a 1 , 2 , 4 , 8, or 12 hour seminar.

Serving LGBTQPIATS+ Youth in Schools and Youth Programs

A training specifically for educators, teachers, school administrators, and youth workers covering LGBTQPIATS+ terminology, the experiences of LGBTQPIATS+ youth, statistical data, and tools for creating a safe affirming spaces, classrooms, and schools. The training is offered as a 1 , 2 , 4  hour seminar.

Trans at Work, or LGBTQPIATS+ in the Workplace 

This workshop is specifically designed for employers seeking to educate their staff in creating a healthy, safe, and affirming workplace for transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ people. It includes information on useful terminology, cultural history, best practices for the workplace, and allyship tools.

Inclusive LGBTQPIATS+ Activist Organizing

Different people may need different things, be it because of economic class, race, ability, age, identity, or ability, but all of us need to feel respected and included. This workshop discusses how to use radical activism and social justice when creating inclusive spaces in our organizations and schools, break down obstacles, and offer a Q & A to aid in organization-specific projects.

Sexual Violence, Trans specific or the broader LGBTQPIATS+ Community

This training is for those working in human services, about the impact of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking one of two related subject areas; trans specific or for the entire LGBTQPIATS+ community. It includes terminology, statistical data, and tools for culturally competent services. The training is offered as a 1 , 2 , 4 , 8 hour seminar.

Sexual Violence in Native American Two Spirit LGBTQPIA+ Community

This training is for those working in human services, about the impact of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking in the Native American Two Spirit, Trans, and LGBTQPIA+ community. It includes terminology, statistical data, and tools for culturally competent services. The training is offered as a 1 , 2 , 4 , 8 hour seminar.

Deconstructing Systems to Establish Socially Just Trans Campus Policy

This workshop discusses what issues trans people may face on a college campus, what policies are required to address their needs, and what tools can be used to make trans inclusive policy change a reality. Included in the session are opportunities for college organizers to discuss their own work to create a campus that is safe and accessible for all students.

Disordering Gender Defiance: Gender Dysphoria and the Pathologization of Trans Lives

 The past 95 years have marked the modern age for transgender people, where modern medicine and forward civil policies have slowly carved out a safer place in society. And western medicine’s effort to move human differences from criminal to cultural resulted in a global pandemic of gender pathologization. While the impact it’s had on transgender populations is generally perceived as positive, it is also at the root of trans oppression and trans exclusion from resources. We see the impact of pathology spreads beyond medicine into every aspect of society at oppresses transgender and gender non-conforming people. As the transgender health field rockets to futuristic levels so has people’s awareness of our pathologization and its obstacles. The question remains on how trans needs can be met, and if pathologization is a required trade off.

“Make your Own” Topic Areas:

JAC provides sessions that involve the whys and hows of trans organizing, community building, discussing identities, and creating educational foundations. If you have specific needs or issues to address, a custom session is great for brainstorming strategies, gathering resources, creating an action plan, and learning how to put that plan into action. If your community is looking for a specific conversation, let JAC know!

  • Information for students, activists, health care providers, and educators working with trans and queer populations.
  • Informational practices for education professionals when working with trans and queer students.
  • Systems of mental health and the pathologization of trans and queer experiences including prevalence of specific diagnosis, trends and data relevant to macro and micro best practice.
  • Trauma Informed Care with survivors of violence related to historically oppressed populations; impacts within trans and/or queer populations, or Native populations.
  • Multiples, Pluralism, and Systems (or otherwise considered Dissociative Identity Disorder) within trans and queer populations.
  • Using activism towards strategic planning, project development and management and challenging the non-profit industrial complex.
  • Intersections of poverty, financial violence, and economic social justice in trans and queer populations.
  • Accessibility and Ableism within healthcare systems, and resources for stronger programming.
  • And more!