Agency Consulting & Training

Navigating the Path to Equity with Journey's Expert Guidance for Businesses and Agencies

Agency Consulting & Training

Navigating the Path to Equity with Journey's Expert Guidance for Businesses and Agencies

Fostering Inclusivity in Erie and NWPA

The vast majority of Erie and NWPA businesses are eager to provide inclusive working environments which value diversity, and strive to be equitable in practices. Knowing that is a rapidly evolving process can leave business owners, agency and school administrators, and staff at all levels feeling overwhelmed. The ever-changing workforce and interpersonal relationships among employers and employees may seem too entangled to know where to begin. Whether it is Family Services wondering how to help their staff help diverse communities from rural Venango County to Erie’s lower east side or Crawford County Department of Human Services wondering what the needs are of their LGBTQ+ residents, Journey is here to help. 

Empowering Diversity

Consultation, Training, and Climate Assessment for a Range of Agencies and Businesses Seeking Inclusive Solutions

There is a wide range of agencies and businesses which approach us for consultation, training, and climate assessment. School districts, Student Assistance Program teams, and Independent Living staff seek out advice for their gender expansive youth. Chambers of Commerce, and restaurant, travel, and entertainment businesses want to provide fun and safe experiences for their LGBTQ+ clientele. Colleges and universities, county-wide human service departments, and nonprofit service providers want to become more adept at serving ALL of their diverse communities. 

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Diversity Trainings

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging:

From its founding, Journey has been intentional about building a diverse staff. Our efforts have brought us some hard-earned experience navigating difficult conversations around sexuality, gender, race, disability and other intersections of diversity. Our consultants leverage our experience, research, and professional development to work with you and your team and create a plan tailored to your needs. We utilize the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (used with permission from the Centre for Global Inclusion as the gold standard for our work with you. Our DE&I work takes a de-centralized (decolonized) approach to create accountable spaces, policies, and procedures. A typical DE&I consulting agreement consists of a pre- and post-consulting assessment, meeting with all levels of the organization, basic DE&I training, workshops for agency-specific interaction/training, and a summary report of findings. Ongoing ‘booster’ consultation and training is also available.


LGBTQ+ Sensitivity and Competency-Building:

LGBTQ+ consultation is probably Journey’s signature offering within Erie and surrounding communities. Collectively, our consultants have over 35 years of research, teaching, training, and consulting experience. Utilizing this experience as a foundation and applying the most recent research and standards of care, Journey consultants tailor training and consulting agreements to the unique needs of your organization, school, agency, or team. During our training, workshops and consulting, we create a uniquely safe environment for your team to ask questions they might not in other contexts. Some of the specific LGBTQ+ focused categories of consultation we provide include:

  • LGBTQ+ Youth in an educational setting
  • LGBTQ+ Youth resilience and barriers in health care and behavioral health settings
  • Bystander Intervention and Empowerment
  • Families in Transition Consulting (navigating systems of care where one or more members are coming out as LGBTQ+)
  • LGBTQ+ Youth in Residential Program settings
  • Addressing Title IX concerns specific to the LGBTQ+ Community
  • The Journey of Post Traumatic Growth in the LGBTQ+ Community

Bystander Intervention and Anti-bullying Training

Tailoring Title IX training for your unique educational setting, updating policy and procedures which inadvertently discriminate or single-out certain individuals (think about gendered bathroom signage, accessible entrances in the back of the building, or gender-policing dress codes), or improving confidence of your front-line staff when responding to offensive or derogatory comments requires a higher level of involvement than a one-hour, yearly training video. Journey works with your team side-by-side to help them understand how to provide a safe and healthy environment from customer to employee, to administration.

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Community/Campus Needs/Climate Assessment and Improvement Planning:

Journey consultants have worked with universities, school districts, municipalities and other key stakeholders in both rural and urban settings to identify and meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in their regions throughout the last 10 years. Together, your team and Journey consultants create strategies to address identified needs and leverage existing strengths, resources and supports already in place to enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ people and improve safety and quality of life.

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EMDR Training/Consultation

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is one of the evidenced-based approaches to the treatment of PTSD and many other traumatic-stress related symptoms. The EMDR International  (EMDRIA) has established a certification for EMDR practitioners to ensure ethical and appropriate treatment of their clients. It also maintains a database of EMDRIA certified clinicians and consultants which people can search for EMDR therapists in their area. At Journey, not only do we have 13 therapists trained in EMDR, but we offer consultation and workshops through an EMDRIA certified consultant. Offering EMDR consultation is a valuable asset to our entire Erie community, helping EMDR-trained therapists obtain certification and collaboration with peers for support. Journey offers monthly group consultation in a lunch ‘n’ learn style. We also offer individual consultation.

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Journey: Healing Together is a non-profit offering healing spaces to New Majority communities. Providing opportunities for diverse groups to gather, heal, restore, discover, and rebuild. Find out how to get involved and #JoinTheJourney!