Cultural Competency is the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with persons from cultures and/or belief systems other than one’s own, based on various factors. The Center has two Cultural Competency programs.
Community Cultural Competency
The Utah Pride Center offers LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings to community groups including educators, caseworkers, health care professionals, mental health professionals, and youth service providers. This training is 101 in understanding the experiences of LGBTQ+ people, and how to work in our homes, places of work, congregations, and communities to improve the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community. The training covers basic language, current research and best practices related to the LGBTQ+ community, privilege and daily experiences of LGBTQ+ people including micro-aggressions, intersectionality and multiple marginalized statuses, the experiences of LGBTQ youth and disparities in this group, and resources available in the community. This 90 minute training aims to provide information within the 4 stages of cultural competency development: knowledge, awareness, sensitivity, and competency. After the training, participants will have increased familiarity, sensitivity, and understanding of cultural characteristics, history, values, belief systems, and behaviors of LGBTQI+ individuals. Participants will know that cultural differences as well as similarities exist, and practice viewing these without assigning values (better or worse, right or wrong). Competence occurs when practitioners and agencies integrate and transform knowledge into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes in their workplaces and while providing services.
QPR For Suicide Prevention
The Utah Pride Center offers QPR training. QPR consists of three life-saving skills. How to:
Question...a person about suicide
Persuade… the person to get help
Refer…the person to the appropriate resource
QPR is designed to help you help someone who may be considering suicide.
If you are a professional caregiver, police officer, firefighter, school nurse, teacher, youth leader, counselor, case manager, or paid staff in any of a hundred different kinds of human serve organizations, you will very likely have firsthand contact with suicidal people
Department of Child and Family Services Partnership/Workgroup
The Utah Pride Center partners with the Utah Department of Child and Family Services (DFCS) to ensure that LGBTQ+ youth in state custody receive affirming, effective care. We provide cultural competency training to DFCS caseworkers, and started a workgroup with DCFS personnel. Goals of this workgroup are to ensure that LGBTQ+ cultural competency training is offered to caseworkers statewide, identify and train point people to act as a resource and expert in each DCFS region in Utah, recruit and train LGBTQ and ally foster families, and organize an annual summit for youth service providers, DCFS personnel, Juvenile Justice System personnel, foster families, law makers, and politicians.
The Utah Pride Center partners with several organizations and individuals who serve refugees to work toward improving outcomes for LGBTQ+ refugees, including youth. Goals of this work are to provide LGBTQ+ cultural competency training to refugee service providers, act as a resource for refugee service providers when they have specific questions with regard to LGBTQ+ clients, and to start a workgroup to create a youth group focused on positive identity development, including LGBTQ+ identity.