Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people are often subject to harassment at school, erasure in faith communities, rejection from their families and hostility in youth-serving systems. This systematic abuse leads LGBTQ youth to have significantly higher rates of depression, suicide, substance abuse and homelessness, to name just a few harmful outcomes.
This training from Safe and Supported assists youth-serving professionals understand the unique needs and issues LGBTQ young people experience in order to better serve this population.
Training Goals and Objectives
- Explore personal values regarding LGBTQ youth and young adults and learn to balance personal beliefs with professional responsibilities.
- Identify issues of risk, challenges and strengths specific to LGBTQ youth, their families, other caregivers and service delivery systems.
- Develop an action plan that will develop or enhance professional and agency cultural competency.
- Increase competence in discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with youth.
- Help families and other caregivers adapt and adjust to young people’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
- To identify affirmative interventions and community resources for LGBTQ youth, their families, other caregivers and service providers.
5.5 CEUs are available for participation in this training.