Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Professional Development

iSMSS offers evidence-informed presentations and individualized case consultations for K-12 schools, government, non-profit, and community-based agencies who would like to build their professional capacity to effectively support the health, mental health, education, safety, and socialization needs of sexual and gender minority children, youth, and families. All sessions are research-based and customized to your specific context and needs.

We offer Professional Development in many forms, and through a variety of programs.

  • Our program formerly known as "Safe Spaces" is currently undergoing some major changes, but is still offering PD opportunities. We offer workshops primarily to offices, individuals, and others involved with the University of Alberta, but are also happy to offer our programming to community groups that have found gaps in knowledge related to LGBTQ2S+ folks, and the unique issues that affect these groups. To book a workshop discussing the ways we can work to end homophobia and transphobia in our daily interactions, and in the workplace you can email
  • The Family Resiliency Project offers opportunities for community groups, and caring professionals (doctors, social workers, etc) to better understand the obstacles that face their clients who identify as LGBTQ2S+. To book with them you can call 780-492-5205 (ask for the “Family Resilience Project”) you can also email
  • Alberta GSA Network Professional Development for teachers and community leaders across Alberta around the legal side of organizing GSA's and rights of LGBTQ2S+ students. Contact the GSA Coordinators directly ( to discuss, or book a presentation.
  • Our upcoming program "Where the Rivers Meet" will be offering Professional Development services teaching about Indigeneity and LGBTQ2S+ issues to community groups, leaders, and schools. For bookings and other inquiries you can email

For any other questions or concerns please contact us.