Tue, Feb 22|
Addressing Resistance and Fear in Caregivers of LGBTQ+ Youth
Dr. Laura S. Anderson
Time & Location
Feb 22, 2022, 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM PST
About the Event
Dr. Laura S. Anderson
Gender expansive and LGBTQ+ system involved youth face additional hurdles in the integration of a healthy identity. They deserve safe, informed and affirming care. This training will address the difficult issue of supporting caregivers who are not well informed about issues related to Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) and caregivers who may have biases and beliefs that are harmful to youth in their care. We will discuss resources and specific scripts and tips for improving understanding and ways to show concrete affirmation for youth with SOGIE-specific needs in foster care and adoptive placements. Gender expansive and LGBTQ+ youth in care need us to continue to develop skills to support them fully and set them up to thrive.
1. Participants will define 3 distinct challenges that gender expansive and LGBTQ+ youth experience as they integrate their child and adolescent identities while in the child welfare system.
2. Participants will identify 3 concrete ways that caregiver misinformation and bias negatively impacts youth in care, and ways to address those
3. Participants will identify 3 concrete ways that caregiver fear impacts youth in care and concrete ways to address those
4. Participants will leave with 3 concrete scripts and resources to continue to support gender expansive and LGBTQ+ youth in care
9:00-9:30am Introduction and statistics
9:30-10:00am Distinct challenges for gender expansive and LGBTQ+ youth
10:00-11:00am Learning to have hard conversations with caregivers- acknowledging misinformation
11:00-11:15am Break (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
11:15am-12:00pm Learning to have hard conversations with caregivers- acknowledging fear
12:00-12:45pm Case examples- practicing scripts and finding resources
12:45-1:15pm Summary and evaluations
Meet Our Trainer
Dr. Laura S. Anderson is a clinical child and family psychologist who is licensed in Hawaii and California, and she has worked with youth and families for over twenty years. Dr. Anderson is currently based primarily in Hawaii. Her areas of expertise include school-based behavioral health, assessment, support for adoptive families, support for gender expansive youth and their families, foster care consultation, and the provision of cross-culturally sensitive care. She is lucky to have had wonderful clinical mentors and enjoys teaching others things she has learned “in the trenches” of direct service to children, adolescents, families, schools, and various other agencies. Dr. Anderson enjoys working with kids, families, and systems as they overcome barriers, build on their strengths, and thrive.
This course meets the qualifications for (4) BBS CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.