A trauma-informed approach necessitates that we hold space for a full and complex picture of each individual’s life, from the traumas one has survived, the identities one holds, the resilience that propels one forward, and the intersections of all of these. Studies have shown that LGBTQ+ youth experience potentially traumatic events at significantly higher rates than their straight and cisgender peers. Zoom out from the interpersonal traumas of abuse, neglect, bullying, and assault and we find systemic oppressions fueled by fear and misinformation. Not yet halfway through 2022 and hundreds of bills have been filed across the country reinforcing and normalizing discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, with youth and those who care for them being especially targeted. Now more than ever it is critical that LGBTQ+ youth have spaces where they will be listened to, trusted, and affirmed. This workshop is for those adults who consider themselves part of youth’s support network, including those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have long-been allies in your personal and professional lives, and those who may still feel you need information and support to make the first steps toward affirming LGBTQ+ youth. In this workshop we will talk through the questions you may have in your work with LGBTQ+ youth; discuss language and terminology so that you can feel more comfortable navigating conversations about identity; and explore best practices in working with LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers, especially in the aftermath of trauma.
CEU Approved training for 2 CEU credits
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