Training Programs

ScEEN in Kerry’s mission is to raise awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people in Co. Kerry and to advocate for their needs to the wider community. Our vision is to achieve this by developing LGBT+ Awareness workshops for cooperate, educational and sporting environments.

Currently available trainings are;

Youth Awareness Workshop – this is a two-hour interactive workshop aimed at teenagers, to help them understand LGBT+ terminology, pronouns, LGBT+ history in Ireland, and the issues facing LGBT+ individuals.

Working with LGBT+ individuals – a one-hour discussion of how to work with LGBT+ service users in a social care/mental health/etc. setting with a focus on LGBT+ issues and accommodations, and space for Q&A


For more information, please contact;

Daniel Quirke

LGBT+ Community Support Worker

Listowel Family Resource Centre CLG

087 6050069

Statistics show that LGBT+ people are happier in their own lives when they are free to express their true identities, whether that be their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also known that an understanding of diversity and the issues that affect LGBT+ groups in schools, sport clubs or the workplace can enhance overall wellbeing and improve customer relations, and those that embrace diversity, experience real world/work benefits.

UPCOMING – Employer Awareness Training

Increasing your organisation’s inclusivity and recognition of diversity will benefit employees, clients, stakeholders and your organisational culture as a whole. This course raises awareness of the issues and barriers that LGBT+ people can face in the workplace. The course details why having a zero-tolerance approach to biphobia, homophobia and transphobia is so important, explains some key concepts and terminology, and provides tips to help you develop a more tolerant and understanding workplace LGBT+ environment.

Schools/Colleges/Sports Clubs LGBT+ Awareness Training

This ScEEN in Kerry student workshop will be a collaborative, lively and educational one-hour session. The facilitators will explore the A, B, C’s of LGBT+ terminology and discuss the key inequalities and barriers that still exist for LGBT+ young people in schools. We shall chat about our own coming out stories, or share how we became allies to LGBT+ friends, which creates a safe place for them to feel valued and equal in their experiences.

Schools/Colleges/Sports Clubs who want to gain advice relating to transgender students are advised to contact TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland), first as they are best equipped to advise and advocate on behalf of trans students in Ireland.

Additional Currently Available Training

ScEEN in Kerry is a working group of Listowel Family Resource Centre. LFRC have partnered with the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) to deliver a range of training initiatives around suicide prevention and mental health promotion to raise awareness and reduce stigma. If interested in partaking in the following training please contact

Steps in suicide prevention training include:

  • General awareness
  • Alertness skills
  • Intervention skills

General Awareness

esuicideTALK is a one to two-hour exploration in suicide awareness. The programme is organised around the question “should we talk about suicide?” and offers a space to safely explore some of the more challenging issues relating to suicide. The programme encourages everyone to find a part they can play in preventing suicide. Its goal is to help make direct, open and honest talk about suicide easier.

Understanding Self Harm workshop provides opportunities to improved knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harming behaviour. Participants consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person who self-harms. It aims to clarify what self-harm is, what leads people to engage in the behaviour and considers its relationship with suicide. The causes, reasons behind the behaviour, and the functions are discussed. Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms are presented. Active participation is encouraged.


Alertness Skills

SafeTALK ‘suicide alertness for everyone’ is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide in only a few hours. Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.


Intervention Skills

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers – health workers, teachers, community workers, Gardai, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living. The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. It encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid. Participants also consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person at risk.

“Workshops in school about identity in general, including LGBT identity! When I heard that I thought that’s wonderful. If it that had been there when I was a teenager, (…) It can be a confusing time for people, something like that would have been very valuable.”