Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth

This series offers concrete strategies and recommendations for providers working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma, including how to increase access to services, create a safe environment for care, and work with families and schools.

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This webinar will introduce a new screening tool used by mental health treatment providers to explore youth identities and identify potentially traumatic experiences for LGBTQ+ youth. LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately impacted by a wide variety of traumatic experiences, including abuse and neglect, which may not be effectively addressed or treated in the absence of intentional LGBTQ+ affirming practices. The tool intends to promote a shared language around youth identity and a mutual understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth, as well as to support providers in meaningful engagement with youth and their caregivers. Participants will be guided through considerations and planning for how this tool could be implemented with youth and caregivers within the scope of their current organizational engagement and assessment practices.
Research has shown that LGBTQ youth who have family support have better outcomes through their youth and into adulthood. This is especially relevant for LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma and may face ongoing safety concerns related to their identities. This webinar will outline techniques for engaging families in affirming treatment and care of their LGBTQ youth, including a review of strategies used within the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) with founder Caitlin Ryan. FAP, a research-based prevention and intervention initiative, uses a culturally grounded framework to help diverse families support their LGBTQ children with decreasing health and mental health risks and promoting well-being. Practitioners will examine ways to engage in cultural humility and understanding when engaging families and youth in trauma treatment.
Describes applications of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for trauma-impacted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender expansive, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. These applications were developed during a year-long NCTSN learning community, and are provided in a TF-CBT LGBTQ Implementation Manual. They are currently being evaluated in an ongoing quality improvement project. Composite cases and preliminary outcome data are described.
Provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the needs and challenges transgender and gender-expansive youth face. This new webinar covers basic definitions surrounding gender, gender identity, and gender expression, while creating a learning environment for participants to examine their own perceptions of gender and reflect on the capacity of their role as a professional. Participants learn about developmental considerations, components of a social transition, and aspects of a medical transition. Presenters examine the impact of trauma transgender and gender-expansive youth may experience and how providers can build an affirming practice and environment for the youth and families that they serve.
This webinar aims to build provider awareness on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in psychiatric, child welfare, juvenile justice, and other residential settings. Speakers will examine the effects of trauma and the systemic barriers faced by LGBTQ youth in out of home care. Participants will hear perspectives from youth, their families, and residential programming staff about the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in out of home care. In addition, they will present strategies for creating safe, inclusive, and youth-centered spaces and programming, as well as concrete skills for advocating and empowering LGBTQ youth.

Sexual health is an essential new clinical resource for professionals treating the intersection of sexual orientation and sexual trauma. By incorporating the principles of sexual health, clinicians will uncover deficit-focused sexual attitudes and taboos that are barriers for attaining sexual health knowledge among LGBTQ youth, their families and their trauma healing communities. Mr. Braun-Presenters will provide a map for increasing trauma therapist’s comfort, willingness and knowledge to initiate and facilitate sexual health conversations that promote LGBTQ youth coming to know the positive potential for their sexual development and health. They propose six fundamentals of sexual health to frame treatment and guide client sexual health conversations within their individual, couple, and family therapy. Workshop participants will learn how to consider the full potential of LGBTQ sexual lives to thrive as an essential ally for improving sexual trauma assessment and treatment.

In this webinar presenters outline how to work with LGBTQ youth and describe the clinical competencies needed to provide a safe space for LGTBQ youth who are dealing with trauma.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers. Common traumas experienced by these youth include bullying, harassment, traumatic loss, intimate partner violence, and physical and sexual abuse, as well as traumatic forms of societal stigma, bias and rejection. Historically, professionals have failed to recognize and meet the needs of traumatized LGBTQ youth, leading to poor engagement, ineffective treatment and in some cases, perpetuating the youth’s traumatic experiences. To ensure that these youth receive the care they deserve, providers need resources to create safe spaces and familiarize themselves with the issues facing traumatized LGBTQ youth.