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Diverse SOGIE Training Series: SOGIE 101

February 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT


Three CEU Credits (Social Work)

This training introduces participants to a social identity framework focused on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE). In addition to learning about SOGIE in the context of social identities, participants will also review best practices to enhance interpersonal and professional relationships with clients and peers who identify as LGBTQ+ or have diverse/expansive SOGIE.

This training series is interactive, and participants are asked to be on camera and able to interact with other participants through video, audio, and chat periodically. While this is an expectation of the training, we understand that there can be barriers to this type of involvement. Reach out to the trainers ahead of time at for more information or accommodations.


  • Why we are discussing SOGIE (statistics, evidence-based practices, personal narratives)
  • Introduction to social identity framework
  • The difference between assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation

Who Should Participate

  • Professionals who work with children, youth, young adults, and/or families who are at a beginner level of knowledge on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression
  • Participants can be individuals who directly with others or be involved in supervision, management, and leadership
  • Case managers, social workers, foster parents, case supervisors, program staff, program managers, program directors, quality assurance

Courses in this Series

Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 1-4 p.m. ET

LGBTQ Visibility and Housing in Systems of Care
Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 1-4 p.m. ET

Family Support with LGBTQ Children
Thursday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m. ET

Gender Affirming Care
Friday, Feb. 4 from 1-4 p.m. ET

About the Training Series

Ruth Ellis Institute has developed the following training content through researching how adult practitioners, government health and human service employees, and staff at community-based organizations leverage their existing experience to integrate more affirming practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

The development of this curriculum is embedded within a LGBTQ-specific direct service organization, ensuring that on-the-ground implementation is informing training content. Ruth Ellis’ model connects:

  • Youth and their families lived experience
  • Direct practice
  • Research and evaluation
  • Coaching and consulting
  • Policy and regulations

Content in SOGIE 101 has been developed under two internal review boards, Wayne State University (2015-2017), and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (2018-2021). The Ruth Ellis Institute surveyed over 600 participants through a pre-test, post-test, and three-month follow up to measure SOGIE knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The curriculum features content where there were statistically significant changes in participants outcomes regarding increases in support toward LGBTQ youth. These two courses are recommended for professionals who have not previously attended a SOGIE and/or LGBTQ youth training.


Angelika Lewis (she/her/hers)

Education and Evaluation Coordinator
Ruth Ellis Center

Jessie Fullenkamp (she/her/hers), LMSW

Education and Evaluation Director
Ruth Ellis Center