Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Trainings & Education

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The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine's training staff. 

The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine implements comprehensive and research informed community education and outreach initiatives across the Chicago region.

With a diverse team of specially trained staff, we have conducted more than 350 trainings reaching over 3,000 individuals since 2013 at schools, faith-based organizations, nonprofits and businesses to increase awareness and empathy for trans and gender expansive youth. Our advocacy, education and outreach work has led to important advances in transgender rights in schools, community organizations, the Illinois Medicaid system and the legal system. Through these efforts, we provide guidance on protecting youth from bullying and harassment in schools; developing support initiatives that promote acceptance and understanding between transgender children and their families and peers; enhancing the capacity of community physicians to provide competent and affirming services; and working to protect the legal rights of these young people.

Staff design trainings and educational programs to fit the unique needs of communities, individual organizations, businesses, and schools. We facilitate education for young people, adults, school staff, and organizational staff and leadership. Current offerings include:

  • LGBTQ Inclusion | Our LGBTQ inclusion trainings gives an overview of how to create an inclusive space for LGBTQ individuals including: key concepts, best practices, language, practical tools, and an opportunity to practice what you learn.
  • Gender 101: Creating Gender Inclusive Environments | Our Gender 101 program gives an overview of key concepts as they relate to gender, reviews best practices to creating gender inclusive environments, and practical tools for implementing gender inclusion within your space/community.
  • Gender 102 | Gender 102 provides a follow-up analysis of your school environment, and the impact your school has had since Gender 101. This program is more in-depth, focusing on conversation, targeted questions, and group work.
  • LGBTQ Inclusion for Faith-based Environments | Our educational program for faith-based environments gives an overview of how to create a gender inclusive environment through a faith-based lens, includes gender diverse and LGBTQ information.
  • LGBTQ Inclusive Clinical Spaces | Our educational program for clinical spaces gives an overview of how to create a gender inclusive environment through a clinical lens such as how to navigate waiting rooms and exam rooms, includes gender diverse and LGBTQ information.
  • HIV/STI 101: Safer Sex Practices | Our HIV/STI programs includes information on how transmission works, HIV history, HIV/STI treatment, safer sex practices, and harm reduction methods (such as contraception and condoms)
  • Vaping 101 (beginning 2020) | Our vaping 101 program offers information about different vaping technologies, their health impacts and use among young people and adults.
  • Gender Affirming Shapewear 101 | Our gender affirming shapewear workshop covers pros and cons of different shapewear, anatomy and best practices for binding, tucking and using other shapewear for gender affirmation. This workshop can be adapted for community members, healthcare providers and other helping professionals working with transgender populations. 

Staff cater trainings and educational programs to fit the unique needs of individual organizations, businesses and/or schools. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Leininger at Jleininger@luriechildrens.org

Support Our Work in the Community

Your philanthropic support can help advance the work of The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. To learn how you can help, please contact Cody Vermillion at cvermillion@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.5099.