With nearly 18 years of experience in Technical Assistance and organizational capacity building, Samuel Lurie offers a number of capacity building workshops. He is also available for facilitation and consultation on specific organizational development issues, with a particular interest in helping organizations develop policy and organizational change around trans inclusion and access.
A Training of Trainers, or TOT, is an intensive training designed to build skills and empower participants to present more effective, thoughtful and well-planned trainings. A TOT is a powerful group experience where a safe laboratory environment is created by the facilitator and group to allow for experimentation and all levels of experience and expertise. Since the need for transgender awareness training is so great, this TOT serves multiple needs-increasing the skills of participants; creating a network among participants for future referral; and helping to foster skilled training options in the community where the TOT takes place.
Can be delivered as highly intensive, multi-day training; or a shorter version, 3-6 hours in length for groups already somewhat familiar with training.Training Goals: The Training for Trainers has two connected components:
This workshop will discuss strategies for creating engaging and effective prevention and outreach programs for transgender people in participants' communities. By looking at numerous ways to garner input from transgender people themselves in the creation of programming, participants will also examine specific barriers in accessing services and begin to identify some strategies for addressing those barriers.
This skills-building workshop will help participants gain an understanding of several methods for eliciting input from the community or target audience of proposed intervention programs. Use of focus groups, advisory panels, surveys, "town meetings" and other methods to involve the target audience in the programs designed to reach them will be discussed. This workshop will help build skills for getting the expert voices in our communities.
A basic premise of HIV prevention is to involve the voices of those you want to reach at all stages of program design and implementation. Effective facilitation methods are learnable skills that result in having focus groups and community forums provide essential information and guidance in developing programs that work. This workshop will help teach some of those skills and also allow for discussion of experiences and challenges workshop participants have had in conducting focus groups in their communities.
Through discussion, exercises and breaking down of the steps for conducting focus groups and analyzing their results, participants will be able to utilize the community/target audience expertise in their communities to design effective interventions and programs to meet those community needs--and to justify to funders how they used this information to design their interventions.
Successful program design is a combination of needs assessment, collaboration, use of resources, trained personnel, participant engagement and evaluation. This day-long training will address program development and implementation, identifying target audience, use of focus groups and advisory panels to develop goals and objectives; timelines, outreach, implementation and evaluation. Evaluation component will also include reporting and reassessment, or adjusting program elements based on successes and failures with the target audience and desired goals.
While funding will be addressed generally, this course will not focus on specific grant writing or fundraising skills. However, work done in this course should be directly applicable to fundraising applications.
Participants are asked to bring their project ideas to the session as we will have hands-on working group components in this training.
Community Health Care Network, New York, NY. Agency Capacity Building for Senior Management Staff. June 20, 2008.
Bronx Community Pride Center, Bronx, NY. Capacity-building training, Training of Trainers for agency staff. Supported by Community Resource Exchange and New York City Council's Communities of Color Initiative. May, 2008.
Broadway House, Newark, New Jersey. Multiple Clinical Staff Trainings at this residential facility for people living with HIV/AIDS. May 16, 2008.
Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau, extended training for Knowledge, Sharing and Learning Program, Cultural Competency Component. April 17, 2008, Rockville, MD.
Tapestry Health, "Transgender Action Planning Session" facilitation of organizational planning process for this Western Massachusetts health services and advocacy agency. Amherst, MA. Jan. 24, 2008.
Holyoke Health Center, Office of Minority Health, HIV/AIDS Symposium. Presenting "Designing Effective Interventions for Transgender People." Holyoke, MA, June 19, 2007.
"Setting an Agenda for Transgender Capacity-Building in HIV Programs in New England," co-sponsored with the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, Boston, MA, June 13, 2007.
HIV Prevention Leadership Summit, New Orleans, LA. "Transgender Technical Assistance Project: Providing Agency-Specific Capacity Building for Maximum Impact." May 23, 2007.
Holyoke Health Center, Office of Minority Health, "How to Conduct Focus Groups" Training for regional providers. Holyoke, MA., May 2, 2007.
Holyoke Health Center, Office of Minority Health, Focus Group with Community Members, Holyoke, MA., May 1, 2007.
FORGE Forward conference, Milwaukee, WI, two workshops "Training Skills" and "Strength for the Journey: A Reflective Workshop". March 30-April 1, 2007.
Focus Groups and Interviews of clients and staff for Community Healthcare Network, Bronx, NY, May and June, 2006.
Youth Speakers' Bureau skills-building workshop, Outright Vermont, Burlington, VT, Dec. 10, 2006.
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Training of Trainers for collective members, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 2006.
Community Healthcare Network, Bronx, NY, Focus Groups with staff and clients, Spring, 2006.
Whitney Young Health Services, Albany, NY, Training of Trainers, Summer, 2006.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Training of Trainers for staff and collective members, March, 2006.
Training of Trainers, University of Vermont, Winter, 2006.
"Designing Effective Interventions for Transgender People," Virginia Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Program, Statewide Grantee Training, Dec. 14, 2005.
University of Vermont, Division of Student Services, staff training and organizational capacity building, Burlington, VT, May 31, 2005.
Board development, Jersey City Connections, Jersey City, NJ, Spring, Summer '05.
"Developing Efffective Interventions for Transgender People," State of Iowa 7th Annual HIV Conference, Des Moines, IO, Oct. 13, 2004.
"Making HIV Treatment and Prevention Programs Accessible for Transgendered People," National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, July 30, 2003
"Designing Effective Programs for Transgender People," 9th Annual Street Outreach Conference, Texas HIV Connection, , Austin, TX, June 24, 2003.
Training for Trainers, multi-day session for faculty and community members of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, West Hollywood, CA, March 9-12, 2003
Strategic Planning with board and staff, Transgender Health Empowerment, Washington, DC, Winter, 2003-'04.
Vermont Queer Summit, Design and facilitation, South Royalton, VT, January 11, 2003.
First International Queer Disability Conference, coordinating committee member, San Francisco, CA, June 2-4, 2002
"Designing Community-Based Programs" A day-long training for the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, Philadelphia Dept. of Health, March 15, 2002
"Techniques for Presenting Transgender Trainings," True Spirit Conference, Washington, DC, February 18, 2002; February 15, 2003.
"Designing Effective Interventions," HIV Prevention Conference, Iowa Department of Health, Des Moines, IO, October 23, 2001
Harm Reduction Overview, CCV Substance Abuse course, Burlington, VT, April 12, 2000
"Focus Groups and Audience Participation in Program Design," Capacity Building for HIV Prevention, CDC Meeting for Community-Based Organizations, Atlanta, GA April 2-5, 2001
"Confidentiality in the Health Care Setting," Middlebury College Health Center staff training, Middlebury, VT, February 14, 2001
"Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation," Cyprian Learning Center, Waterbury, VT, January 9, 2001
"Developing Community-Based Programs;" and "Eliciting Target Audience Input: Focus Groups and Other Methods," Alaska Health Summit, Anchorage, AK, December 6, 2000
Breaking Down Barriers to Work: HIV and Employment Conference, Montpelier, VT, August 25, 2000 (planning team member)
Keynote address, Brattleboro Area AIDS Project Walk for Life, June 10, 2000
Harm Reduction Overview, CCV Substance Abuse course, Burlington, VT, April 20, 1999
"Confidentiality in the Pharmacy Setting," Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, March 23, 2000
Board of Directors Retreat, Brattleboro Area AIDS Project, February 5, 2000 (Design and facilitation)
Vermont, HIV and Primary Care Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Burlington, VT, Oct. 21, 1999 (Conference Coordinator)
Commitment to Access: Addressing Cultural Differences in Health Care Delivery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, April 26, 1999, planning committee member and workshop presenter
Vermont AIDS Symposium: Issues in Mental Health, Substance Use and Pain Management, May 8-9, 1997 (Conference Coordinator)