Educational programs set standards and expectations of practice. Professional development strategies can help build the skills and knowledge of staff to meet the evolving needs of diverse LGBTQ communities.
A one-time LGBTQ-focused training is rarely sufficient to result in meaningful changes in access to services. A professional development plan should seek to integrate the concerns of LGBTQ communities into existing training components and focus on institutional barriers that impact access services. A professional development plan can encompass both formal and informal opportunities for skill development, mentorship, and continuing education.