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.

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.
In this webinar speakers provide concrete strategies that organizations and practitioners can implement to increase access and improve responsiveness to LGBTQ individuals and families.
In this webinar presenters provide participants with information about many levels of cultural competence when working with LGBTQ Youth. Speakers discuss the coming out process and gender as a continuum rather than a binary concept. Participants learn how to be better prepared to affirm individuals in the coming out process.

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.