Meeting Folks Where They’re At: Supporting Young People’s Gender and Sexual Identities
Working to support youth within the intersectionality of identity can be challenging! Asking questions, bringing an open mind and learning as a group are all part of the experience. As youth share important facets of their identity with you it is vital to have an ally in afterschool. If you are working with youth from six years and up, this training is for you.
Join us for this free two-part series from 10am-12pm on
Wednesday October 18th
Wednesday October 25th
- Support an understanding of a broad range of human gender and sexual identities
- Support participants to gain more comfort using language relevant to young people and their identities
- Gain skills about how to support young people when they disclose their gender and sexuality
- Create an opportunity for people to workshop these new skills and get focused support on areas they are struggling with
Erin Tinnon, MSW, LCSW is a therapist, consultant, strategist, and trainer who works with organizations and individuals to increase their capacity to serve and support survivors and other oppressed groups, to build anti-oppressive organizational work cultures, to engage in transformative justice and alternatives to state-based responses to violence and harm, to utilize harm reduction strategies and practices, to become trauma-informed organizations, and to practice accountability to the communities they serve and to each other. Erin’s practice centers and draws from the principles and movements of harm reduction, transformative justice, racial justice, disability justice, healing justice, queer and trans* liberation, environmental justice, anti-white supremacy, and anti-imperialism.
Erin brings over 20 years of experience working with trauma survivors, folks using substances and in recovery, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified folks in individual and community contexts, providing direct service, advocacy, organizing, community accountability, and anti-violence education in Illinois and Michigan.
Erin has guided organizations to advance their work at the intersection of substance use and survival of violence and offered technical assistance about how to incorporate support for survivors who are using substances in a shelter context. Erin has worked on developing and writing a number of toolkits and guidelines about supporting survivors who are using substances; in support of survivors experiencing substance use coercion; and about creating more accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed organizations. Most recently, Erin wrote a toolkit on supporting survivors who use substances called Support Instead of Stigma: Using Harm Reduction to Support Survivors of Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Who Use Substances.
Erin has also led and supported a number of national campaigns and coalitions working to end violence against their communities. Erin co-created and facilitated the first national coalition of people working to support survivors who are engaged in or recovering from substance use, and has supported national coalitions working at the intersection of survival and disability to integrate intersectionality and racial justice alongside their anti-violence strategies.
Other examples of current or recent consulting clients include supporting state-wide organizations against intimate partner and sexual violence, behavioral and mental health service providers, universities, and organizations working on abolition and decarceration.
At the roots of Erin’s career, they worked with LGBTQ2SIA+ communities, youth affected with homelessness, young people in the sex trade and street economies, and with youth working to end violence in their communities and relationships. As a community organizer and youth worker, Erin helped develop Chicago’s first city-wide Transformative Justice Teach-In, bringing hundreds of folks from across the city and country to discuss meaningful ways to integrate transformative justice in our lives and work. Erin also co-created and ran a city-wide anti-white supremacy action and education group that worked with organizers and community leaders throughout Chicago to navigate the work of racial accountability and to destabilize white supremacy in our lives and movements.
Erin studied Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology at DePaul University as an undergraduate and graduate student, where they began to engage with anti-oppressive politics, feminism and womanism, and discovered a passion for anti-violence and justice-based work. Erin completed a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies with a thesis focused on supporting survivors who use substances. In 2014, Erin attained a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in Interpersonal Practice and Communities and Social Systems with a Specialist in Aging Certificate while focusing a lot of clinical, policy, and research energy on exploring the intersection of gender, violence, substance use, and social justice.
Cost - FREE
IAN Trainer - Erin Tinnon, MSW, LCSW
IAN Parent Facilitator - NA