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 SPIERS

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 SMITH, M.ED.

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 lipson, ma, mt-bc

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
 
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NAIYMAH SANCHEZ

Naiymah is a proud transgender woman of color with 7 years of experience providing trainings and workshop on how we can navigate to a more Transgender inclusive and sensitive nation. She has worked with the Philadelphia prison system to help detention facilities become more PREA (Prison rape elimination act) Compliant and help Trans Philadelphians reach their potential.

Naiymah now coordinates the transgender education and advocacy program (T.E.A.P)  of the ACLU of PA and working towards a more TransPArency state.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Transgender-experienced, LGBTQ+ cultural competency
  • Trans 101
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Trans legal issues and barriers