Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth & Families

Providers' Council Learning Center, 100 Crossing Blvd., Suite 100, Framingham, MA 01702

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) young people and families face disproportionate rates of harassment and mistreatment in their schools and communities. Consequently LGBTQ youth are at much higher risk for mental health challenges, substance abuse, homelessness, truancy and other risky behaviors. By contrast, professionals who are working with youth and families, however accepting they may feel, are rarely prepared to manage the issues that arise in schools and social service settings. This interactive workshop will explore how personal beliefs and values, school or agency culture, and culturally responsive policies and practices can impact work with LGBTQ youth and families.

This training will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th at the Providers’ Council in Framingham.

In this session you will:

  • Establish common knowledge base to understand the experiences of LGBTQ youth & families;
  • Explore how personal beliefs and attitudes may impact work with LGBTQ youth & families;
  • Assess the risks and strengths in the current educational & community climates for LGBTQ youth & families; and
  • Build skills in use of inclusive language, creation of welcoming environments and provision of culturally responsive resources.

Presented by: Colby Swettberg, EdM, LCSW

Register here!*

*Please note that we are currently experiencing issues with PayPal. If you would like to pay via credit card for this training, we can take information for Visa and Mastercard over the phone at 508.598.9700. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to solve this issue as quickly as possible.

This program has been approved for three continuing education credit hours in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00.

If you have any questions, please contact Eliza Adams, Education and Membership Associate, by email or phone: (508)-598-9700


Member price: $65
Non-member price: $115