LGBTQ+ Competency Training and Consulting Services

Create an equitable, knowledgeable and welcoming environment for patients, clients, and employees.



Our expert facilitators and consultants will help you create a LGBTQ-welcoming organization. We work with small businesses, nonprofits, healthcare systems and clinics, and individual practices.  

Our programs are designed to help you understand the roles of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and culture play in diagnosis, treatment, and care. Our trainings include modules on race, sexuality, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Patients accessing health and wellness services should be confident that they will be treated with compassion, respect, and competency.  Ensure your practice has knowledge and skills to welcome all patients–you are the front line of LGBTQ healthcare.  

our offerings

Ensure you are building an adaptive practice by training all staff to be LGBTQ-friendly and competent. We offering a variety of introductory courses to get your team started, or we can create a custom offering. 

  • LGBTQ+ and TGNC cultural competency
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Trans 101
  • TGNC legal issues and barriers
  • Creating LGBTQ and TGNC Behavioral Health and Social Services
  • Harm Reduction for TGNC individuals
  • Adolescent LGBTQ Health and their Families  

**We also work with organizations to provide CME credits. 


QSPACES is a Certified Diverse Business


Our Facilitators and Consultants

QSPACES will match your organization with the appropriate facilitator(s) to meet your needs.

Our facilitators have worked with clients such as Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Villanova University, Hunter College, Johnson & Johnson, Philadelphia Public School District, Planned Parenthood, ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Morris Home, Mazzoni Center, and other nonprofits, small businesses, universities, hospitals, and corporations.

Our facilitators have also presented at Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Family Pride, Creating Change Conference, TEDxPhiladelphia, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference, and more.

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Andrew is a radical social worker who holds a Master’s of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where he concentrated in Community Practice, Policy, & Advocacy.

Andrew teaches Sociology and Human Services courses as an adjunct professor at Harcum College, and facilitates the transcribez writing group for trans and gender non-conforming youth at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. He is an Advisory Board member for The Bridge Way School and TransWork (a program of the Independence Business Alliance).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cultural Competency for LGBQ & TGNC populations

  • LGBQ & TGNC Sensitivity in the workplace

  • Creating LGBQ & TGNC affirming behavioral health & social services

  • Supporting TGNC individuals returning from incarceration

  • TGNC legal issues & barriers

  • LGBQ & TGNC allyship

  • Harm reduction for TGNC individuals

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Erica is a health educator with over 15 years of experience in sexuality education, program implementation, and successful delivery of HIV prevention interventions. She hold a Master of Education from Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

Erica is an Adolescent Case Manager, Resident Educator, and the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic Support Groups Coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a current committee member of Pride @ CHOP: LGBTQ Employee Resources Group and sits on CHOP's Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic Advisory Board.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adolescent Health

  • Gender and Sexuality

  • Policy and Practice

  • Program Design and Execution

  • Incarcerated Populations

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Julie (she/they) is a board certified music therapist. She owns Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center and works with groups and individuals at several Philadelphia locations. Julie provides supervision and consultation for individuals and organizations and offers trainings on LGBTQ competency, private practice start up, and using creativity in therapy.  

Julie is also an Assistant Director at Camp Aranu'tiq, summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth. They received their Master's in Music Therapy from Drexel University and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Consulting for individual and group therapists

  • Private practice start up

  • LGBTQ competency

  • Trans 101

  • Gender and sexuality 101

  • Countertransference and gender/sexuality

  • Connections between voice, gender, and identity

  • Creativity in the therapy room