Course Descriptions

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools & Communities (3 contact hours)

This training is designed for anyone that works with LGBTQ youth in any capacity. Participants will learn about the realities facing LGBTQ youth, risk and protective factors, terminology and the importance of correct pronoun usage, and how to create a welcoming and affirming environment.

Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families While Navigating Ethical Challenges (7 contact hours)

This training, with 7 contact hours, is designed for professionals working with youth and families over time including in-patient/out patient, community-based offices and private practices. It strengthens professional capacity to work affirmatively with these youth; builds an understanding of the challenges, risks and protective factors for these young people; and explores the ethical challenges in negotiating the youth/family dynamics. Attendees will leave with tips and resources for working more effectively with these youth and their families.

Saco, Maine

September 17th 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools & Communities

September 18th 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families While Navigating Ethical Challenges

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Which Training Is Right for Me?

The half-day is an initial introductory training for anyone working with LGBTQ youth. We cover terminology, risk and protective factors, student rights and how to create welcoming and affirming spaces. It is different than the full day which is designed for people working with LGBTQ youth on a one on one or longer-term basis. The full day assumes participants have a a baseline knowledge of terminology, risk and protective factors of working with LGBTQ youth. We start with talking about who we are as providers and the impact of implicit bias, we then move into adolescence development and the added layers of having an LGBTQ identity on adolescence development. The third component of the training is a discussion about working with families and youth to provide supportive and affirming homes.