Training Gender Responsive

Gender responsive programming for girls and women based on the Amicus Radius model for girls

If you or your organization is interested in bringing an Amicus training on gender responsive programming for women and girls to your organization or area, contact Kathleen DuChene or 612-348-8570. The following are just samples of what trainings on this topic might look like- trainings are created and adapted to match the needs of participants and program.

Training: “From Gender Theory to Responsive Practice: Making Your Job Easier”

Amicus, in partnership with the Minnesota Corrections Association (MCA), conducted a training on January 23rd, 2009 in St. Peter , MN and on March 19th in Tower, MN. The training, entitled “From Gender Theory to Responsive Practice: Making Your Job Easier”, was a success! Over 100 people from corrections, community organizations, and various other professions participated. The training focused on how to work more effectively with females in the system. Throughout the training, participants explored ideas on gender, using a strengths-based lens, research and its applications, being aware of trauma and how to respond, and relationship-building with female offenders. Below are comments from a few of the participants:

“You have changed my perspective on how I see female offenders.”

“Terrific training, Great examples of complex concepts. Trainers showed how care and relationship can be incorporated into most settings. Very insightful. I don’t know if it was these trainers and/or Amicus in general, but I thought the blending of “relationship” with the realities of the work environment was effectively communicated.”

“In the end, this approach [taught in the training] will make a true difference and is cost effective.”

Under the Radius Training Grant, Amicus continues to develop and hold trainings for corrections professionals related to working with females in the system through a gender-responsive, relationship-based approach.

Training: “It’s All About the Relationship”

On May 19th, 2009 in Duluth, MN, Amicus presented a training entitled, “It’s All About the Relationship – forming safe, healthy relationships as the first step in helping adolescents achieve goals and function in society.” The training focused on the following topic areas: Gender, strengths-based services, relationship-building, grief and trauma, historical trauma and cultural compentency. Key topics include:

Gender-Boys, Girls, or Both?

Though males and females are more the same than they are different, males and females are sometimes better served with different approaches. During this session, participants learned about and discussed:

  • Girls and boys and the different expectations and “rules” that society places upon them
  • Research-based information on the neurological and physiological differences between the male and female genders as well as their different developmental processes

Strengths-based Services

What does adolescent treatment look like to be strengths-based? Aspects of this session included:

  • Exploration of how our culture becomes accustomed to negative assumptions about adolescents and particularly adolescents who are in treatment
  • A look into the mind of a troubled teen defined by his/her offense or diagnosis
  • Practice in re-framing and re-defining ourselves and the adolescents we work with through a strengths-based lens

Relationship-Building Tips

Relationship-building is the key to making our work with adolescents more effective, not to mention easier. During this session, participants learned, brainstormed, practiced, and discussed:

  • Some “how-to’s” in the all-important business of building strong relationships with adolescents under challenging circumstances

Grief and Trauma

An overwhelming amount of adolescents have experienced and are experiencing grief and trauma. We need to be aware of how we can best work with adolescents given this fact. This session focuses on the following:

  • Definitions and the differences between grief and trauma
  • Explanations of the short and longterm impacts of trauma
  • Exercises to support and bring out the experiences of survivors
  • Discussion of a trauma-informed program-what does it look like?

Historical Trauma/Cultural Competency

Historical trauma and cultural competency have been buzz words for awhile now, but what exactly do they mean, and how does it affect our work? This session explores the following:

  • Discussion of new research concerning historical trauma and its implications for our culture and its institutions.
  • Acknowledgement of white privilege and how this plays out in our work.
  • Discussion using case studies to examine “real life” situations and culturally competent responses.