Awareness - Opening Closets

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RAINBOW TRAINING -AWAREness/Opening Closets Training

The renamed Aware training has been delivered as Opening Closets by Living Proud since 2004. 

It is based on how to improve inclusion, team and customer retention and be a better employer with a higher level of LGBTIQ+ understanding 

Living Proud has developed variations of the training for different sectors (corporate, disability, AOD, etc.).

AWAREness -Opening Closets Training Aims To:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge amongst participants of the need for LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice
  • Increase the competence and confidence of participants to deliver LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice
  • Assist organisations working towards sustained and embedded organisational change
  • Assist organisations in achieving LGBTIQ+ accreditation standards

Half Day Workshop

The half day workshop runs for 4 hours and covers the following:

  • An introduction to LGBTIQ+ mental health
  • A model of sexual diversity
  • Sex and gender concepts and terminology
  • Inclusive practise guidelines
  • Understanding the impact of homophobia
  • A framework for supporting LGBTIQ+ people

This is a very interactive training. The training gives participants opportunity for discussion and questions.

Full Day Workshop

The full day Aware – Opening Closets workshop runs for 7 hours and includes all the content of the half day version. It also looks at preconceptions, myths and stereotypes. It provides a non-judgmental space for participants to examine the impact of their own values and unconscious biases. It also has more room for group discussions.

All the Aware/ Opening Closets workshops have two experienced LGBTIQ+ peer facilitators.

The maximum number of participants for Aware/Opening Closets training is 18. Each participant receives a copy of the training presentation. They also receive copies of studies referred to, extensive articles and referral information.

Awards & Citations

  • Opening Closets awarded a WA Community Service Award (2006)
  • Living Proud awarded a LiFE Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention (2015)
  • Opening Closets cited as a best practice example in:
    • WA Suicide Prevention Strategy 2020
    • Western Australian LGBTI Health Strategy 2019-2024

Opening Closets training was independently evaluated in 2007 and 2016. We regularly update the package to reflect current trends and practices. 

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