The YMSM+LGBT Center of Excellence would like to announce a Training of Trainers (ToT) event titled, “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.  During the ToT participants will be trained to conduct this new full-day training, which is intended for anyone in contact with LGBT individuals (including MH and SUD clinicians, HIV providers, State, Local and County government employees, Primary care providers, Public health practitioners, Prevention specialists, Community based organizations, School teachers and Counselors). The full-day curriculum consists of six training modules, beginning with an introduction to key terms and concluding with treatment considerations for clinical work. The other four modules address the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.  Individuals with a diverse background who reflect the breadth of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Prerequisite Requirements: Eligible applicants must have 1) a minimum of two years training experience; 2) a baseline level of knowledge of providing culturally responsive treatment for LGBT clients; 3) experience providing substance use and/or mental health services; and 4) working knowledge about the laws, policies and attitudes towards LGBT people in the state(s) in which they plan to train.

Structure: During the first day of the ToT, participants will be exposed to the curriculum content. During day two, participants have the opportunity to prepare and train assigned portions of the curriculum, and receive feedback from the master trainers and other participants. To apply for this ToT you must complete the application (see below). A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted to attend each ToT (up to two participants per regional ATTC). Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Regional TOT Events will take place in the following areas:

  • March 17-18, 2016 in Washington DC (Application deadline was January 19, 2016)
  • May 24-25, 2016 in Tacoma, WA (Application deadline was March 29, 2016)
  • September 22-23, 2016 in Mystic Lake, MN (Application deadline was July 18, 2016)
  • February 1-2, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA (Application deadline was December 16, 2016)
  • March 30-31, 2017 in New York, NY (Application deadline was January 30, 2017) – please note this is a Spanish Language TOT

Download LGBT TOT Application

Questions? Email Brandy Oeser at