Attachment-Informed Methods of Creating LGBTQ+ Affirming Environments

  • Event Number
    504-25
  • Date
    09/19/2024     9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Presenters
    Ky Miller, MSW, LCSW
  • Intended Audience
    Open to the community
  • Location
    ROE 33 - PD Room, 932 Harrison St., Galesburg, IL 61401
  • Fee
    None
  • PD Hours
    5.5
  • Status
    Open

This training course will provide fundamental information for those new to LGBTQ+ cultural concepts while also providing more intermediate and advanced concepts for those who have fundamental knowledge and seek to enhance their cultural competency to a higher degree. This course will raise awareness about the identities, experiences, and unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth in a manner that is developmentally and academically supportive.

Participants will:
- Receive a concentrated focus on mental health optimization and suicide prevention, participants will receive an overview of current lexicon to ensure appropriate, respectful, and emotionally safer interactions with individuals belonging to a traditionally marginalized group.
- Learn about sexual orientation and gender identity from a developmental standpoint, leaning into attachment theory and family systems to optimize outcomes.
- Enhance their knowledge base regarding LGBTQ+ culture and enhance participants' ability to work effectively with youth who belong to traditionally marginalized groups, thereby enhancing cultural competency to serve this vibrant population.
- Learn about local, regional, and national resources that support the creation of safer, affirming, and welcoming environments.
- Understand the challenges individuals face in our society when they have multiple points of intersectionality, including educational disparities, exposure to minority stress, and lack of inclusion (for example).
- Complete an implicit bias assessment, allowing for deeper reflection and examine the formation and divestment of their personal values, beliefs, and judgments related to serving LGBTQ+ students. Ultimately, participants will better understand how bias can harm those we serve while gaining tools and skills to not only reduce harm, but provide methods to positively impact individuals and our community.
- Walk away with practical tools to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of youth who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living with significant challenges.