Supports and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Research indicates that youth who self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) have a higher prevalence of behavioral health disorders than their peers who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity, and often face even greater challenges to recovery. For many LGBT youth living with mental illness, addiction or co-occurring disorders, barriers to recovery are compounded by experiences of familial rejection, bullying, discrimination, and a lack of services that are inclusive and culturally appropriate.
In order to help this population of young people to achieve long-term recovery and transition to safe, healthy, and fulfilling adult lives, youth service providers, peers, clinicians, family members, advocates, educators, and administrators can begin to improve services and increase supports by developing their understanding of the complex challenges facing LGBT youth in recovery, as well as emerging efforts to address these challenges. It is important to know that there is not one single LGBT community but rather many overlapping communities with varying issues and wisdom to offer.
This webinar will present information about the experiences of youth, barriers to accessing existing youth-oriented recovery supports, promising approaches to LGBT-specific youth programming and best practices for engaging LGBT youth and fostering safe and inclusive environments.