SafeZone Train-the-Trainer Certification Program

SafeZone Train-the-Trainer Certification Program

The LGBTQ Academy SafeZone Train-the-Trainer Certification Program is a program created to develop confident, knowledgeable and effective SafeZone trainers, who can establish sustainable SafeZone Programs in their schools, on their college campuses and in their workplaces.

The SafeZone Train-the-Trainer Certification Program is an interactive 8 hour course, which includes activities, small group discussions and opportunities for practicing skills as educators. Topics covered include:

  • Educational Philosophy
  • Suggested Exercises for Increasing Knowledge
  • Suggested Exercises for Taking Action
  • Encouraging Dialogue and Understanding Your Audience
  • Answering Questions Effectively
  • Behind-The-Scenes Tips for Successful Facilitation
  • Suggestions for Continuing Education
  • Creating Sustainable SafeZone Programs on Campus and in the Workplace

This workshop can be run as a one day 8 hour session or two half day sessions. During this course, participants will be coached in running SafeZone trainings and offered opportunities to ask and answer questions in a supportive environment using the teaching skills that they acquire. Each participant will receive a SafeZone Training manual that will provide a complete course guide for running SafeZone Trainings, a review of material from the course, best practices for successful facilitation, suggested reading to extend knowledge, handouts to use in future SafeZone Trainings, a certificate of course completion and an official SafeZone sticker and lapel pin. On-going support will be provided to all participants for up to 3 years following the presentation to offer assistance and access to all of our updated materials. In addition if we come to your campus or workplace, we will provide you with feedback on your website presence with our website “report card” and strategize ways to create more LGBTQ inclusive spaces.

Feedback From Our Most Recent SafeZone Train-the-Trainer Certification Programs

The LGBTQ Academy at the Gay Alliance – New York (June 2017)

“I have no suggestions for improvement – this was one of the best trainings I have attended in my 20+ years in my field!”

“Simply – amazing! Inspiring, transformative, positive! I would recommend this course to friends and co-workers a million times over.”

“Empowering; I felt prepared before this workshop to deliver the content, but now I feel prepared to deliver the compassion.”

SUNY Adirondack – New York (May 2017)

“Absolutely fantastic. It was presented in a very interactive, informative and organized way. Thank you! I feel so much more confident in my abilities to both engage in dialogue and facilitate dialogue around this/these topics.”

“Engaging and charismatic. Can’t wait to do it again!”

“It was a great training and the facilitators were super knowledgeable and did a great job! High energy, funny, personable and really listened to the group! Loved this training!”

The LGBTQ Academy at the Gay Alliance – New York (April 2017)

“Both trainers were engaging, funny and personable. They showed the hallmarks of skilled and poised facilitators. The caring and gentle style of redirecting and molding conversations and feedback was some of the best I have ever seen and I’ve seen LOTS of facilitators. This training was more than I expected.”

“Phenomenal. I feel like I’ve learned and feel comfortable using lots of extremely useful tools.”

“It was absolutely amazing! Everything from the first meet and greet to the closing round up. The facilitators were fun, supportive, open, great listeners, funny and caring. (Who has a b-day cake for one of the trainees at a training??)

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Wisconsin (March 2017)

“OMG – this was totally the best PD I’ve been to in FOREVER!!!  Thank you!!!”

Excellent. I enjoyed the entire workshop – it was informational and “interactional” – the trainer made us feel so comfortable with issues that can be uncomfortable – I now have new/fresh ideas to take back to my campus for students and instructors.”

“Thanks for the experience. My best training since joining WITC.”

San Vicente Family Health Center – Texas (February 2017)

“Enlightening!! Informative!! Impacting!!! Perfect. All our trainings should be like this.”

“This workshop was so amazing and educational. The whole workshop was engaging and great information. It truly was a SafeZone environment where individuals felt free to share their stories. It was so well organized and it flowed so perfectly. It truly opened my eyes to diversity and helped me understand so that I may be a stronger ally. Love the whole workshop!”

“This has been the best training I have been to so far. Perfect.”

100% of the participants from these trainings rated both our presenters and the training  “very good” to “excellent.”


Six Month Follow Up Data:

When asked in our 6 month follow up survey, sent to all participants from 2013 to June 2017: “Were there skills or pieces of information that you wish you had received that weren’t included in the training or manual?” 100% responded: “No, I got everything I needed.”

Follow Up Quote from a Participant From April 2017:

“THANK YOU for an awesome training! My life is still buzzing! Yes, my life is literally buzzing all because of the experience I had there! I will never be the same, speak the same or interact the same…I look forward to recommending this training to ALL that work with PEOPLE.  It’s just that simple to me…”

Note: SafeZone Train-the-Trainer participants should be fully on board with LGBTQ equality and have a basic knowledge of LGBTQ issues. Participants, once trained, will be prepared to train others in the interest of support for LGBTQA individuals, community education and social change. Trainees are not allowed to profit from this curriculum by charging for this service (beyond material expenses). Trainees may not market or sell the Gay Alliance Train-the-Trainer manual in part or in full.

For more information, to request a training or to get on our notification list for our upcoming trainings please contact or 585-244-8640.