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This is a FREE online training event is full

Date: June 21, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am

The UP Project is hosting an Ask the Expert session on Understanding the Cultural Dynamics of Abuse in LGBTQIA+ Relationships with Liat Wexler on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10am PDT.

The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. After registration, participants will receive a link to a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Liat Wexler. This session is a pre-requisite and will provide key points around working with people in the LGBTQIA+ community who are victims of abuse.  Part two is the live, virtual Ask the Expert session held on June 21, 2018 at 10am PDT. Questions can be sent prior to the session or asked live during the event.   It is strongly encouraged that participants view the 30-minute session to allow for a deeper conversation during the live Ask the Expert event.

Liat Wexler has been a trainer and workshop facilitator for more than 15 years. As a Training Specialist at Center for Community Solutions, they work to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence and have been in this field since 2001 answering hotlines, facilitating support groups, and serving on the board of sexual assault and partner abuse organizations. In their role at CCS they provide professional development and crisis intervention training for all staff and volunteers, workshops to professionals at other agencies, and presentations at Shifting The Lens and the National Sexual Assault Conference. Liat specializes in teaching how to assess LGBTQIA+ partner abuse, the neurobiology of trauma, resilience skills, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, and violence within violence within the LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, and BDSM communities. Liat collaborates on the GBTQ Survivor Task Force and co-founded Genderqueer San Diego and San Diego’s Trans Pride.

Session Overview:

Participants will develop a more nuanced understanding of the culturally-specific tactics of power and control used in abusive relationships in LGBTQIA+ communities and the dynamics in these communities that create a foundation for abuse. Participants will gain greater awareness to spot and respond to partner abuse when it happens to queer and transgender clients.

·         Financial abuse strategies to control transgender partners

·         Emotional and verbal abuse tactics to control bisexual partners

·         Sexual abuse in gay men’s communities

·         How children in LGBTQIA+ families are used in culturally specific ways

·         How internalized and institutional trans/homo/biphobia as well as cissexism, heterosexism, and binarism are wielded to cause harm to partners.

For questions, comments, or concerns please contact Emma Nichols at (707) 992-0537 or

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