Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) young people and families face disproportionate rates of harassment and mistreatment in their schools, communities and even within their families.
As a result, LGBTQ youth are at much higher risk for mental health challenges, substance abuse, homelessness, truancy and other risky behaviors.
Professionals working with youth and families — however accepting they may feel — are often unprepared to help.
The Council is offering an interactive workshop Thursday, February 20 to help providers explore how personal beliefs and values, school or agency culture, and culturally responsive policies and practices can impact their work with LGBTQ youth and families.
Participants will learn how to assess the risks and strengths in the current educational and community climates for LGBTQ youth and families; and build skills in use of inclusive language, creation of welcoming environments and provision of culturally responsive resources.
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