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Wed, Apr 26


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Responding to LGBTQ Microaggressions for Providers Working with System-Involved Youth

Kelsey Pacha

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Responding to LGBTQ Microaggressions for Providers Working with System-Involved Youth
Responding to LGBTQ Microaggressions for Providers Working with System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Apr 26, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Kelsey Pacha

Training Description

This competency training supports those who support system involved youth in deepening their understanding of how to address LGBTQ-specific microaggressions (misgendering, etc.) leveled at system-involved youth and colleagues who work with system-involved youth. Through self-reflection, group discussion, and roleplay, participants will learn to think intersectionally about how to address LGBTQ microaggressions based on role. Participants will learn how to intervene when harassing, discriminatory, or simply harmful language is used against LGBTQ people based on individual power & privilege, and will review four possible responses to microaggressions, paying attention to dynamics at play within the child welfare, juvenile justice, and other social systems.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Explain three types of microaggressions (microassault, microinsult, & microinvalidation)

2. Identify six examples of common microaggressions used against LGBTQ people

Identify four socioemotional impacts of these microaggressions on LGBTQ people and four types of responses to LGBTQ microaggressions


9-10:30am Introductions and Overview of Microaggressions

· Define cultural humility & cycle of oppression as frames for our conversation.

· Define microaggression, video.

· Identify three types of microaggressions with LGBTQ examples.

· Large group discussion: What kinds of LGBTQ microaggressions do you hear/see?

10:30-10:45am Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

10:45-12:20pm Impacts and Responses to Microaggressions

· Identify four types of socioemotional impacts of LGBTQ microaggressions on system-involved youth and those that support them

· Review four C responses to microaggressions.

· Roleplay in small groups & reflect on how each person’s unique level of power & privilege impact their choices.

12:20-12:30pm Questions & Answers, Wrap-up

Meet Our Trainer

Kelsey Pacha, MA, M.Div. is a trans man who has worked with marginalized communities for 15+ years in a variety of settings. He holds a Master of Religion and Psychology, Master of Divinity, and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is the owner of Kelsey Pacha Consulting, which supports the work of institutions and individuals in increasing their capacity for cultural humility and social justice-informed institutional change. Kelsey offers educational trainings and LGBTQ workplace policy expertise with an emphasis on practical skills, identity awareness, and personal empowerment. He regularly works with corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion officers and LGBTQ affinity groups, as well as legal, clinical, medical, and direct service

(including child welfare and faith leader) personnel. 

This course meets the qualifications for (3.25) BBS CE Hours 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.

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