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Wed, Sep 21


Online Event

Working with the LGBTQIA+ Community Utilizing the Minority Stress Model and LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Strategies

Dr. Lauren Szyper

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Working with the LGBTQIA+ Community Utilizing the Minority Stress Model and LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Strategies

Time & Location

Sep 21, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Dr. Lauren Szyper

Training Description

The intention of this training is to provide a brief overview of LGBTQIA+ history, learn about risk factors specific to this community, and shape support strategies utilizing the Meyer's Minority Stress Model and LGBTQIA+ Affirmative strategies.

Learning Objectives

●    List 5 specific LGBTQ+ Affirmative strategies and integrate them into their work with LGBTQ+ system involved youth and families

●     Identify 5 specific challenges that are the result of minority stress and formulate youth behaviors through a cultural lens

●    Identify at least three risk factors that are prevalaent to the LGBTQ+ community and identify these issues as well as integrate them into support planning goals



   ● Review of logistics

   ● Introduction of the presenter

   ● Overview of training objectives

   ● Opportunity for participants to share areas they would like to be covered


   ● Common myths and stereotypes held about the LGBTQIA+ community

   ● A brief review of sexual orientations and gender identities

   ● A brief overview of key moments in LGBTQIA+ history

   ● An overview of Meyer’s Minority Stress Model

   ● An overview of microaggressions specific to the LGBTQIA+ community

   ● An overview of the Social Justice Framework

3:35-3:50PM: Break (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)


   ● Identifying and working through internalixed discrimination

   ● Vulnerabilities specific to the LGBTQIA+

   ● Principles of LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care

   ● An overview of LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Strategies

   ● Sexual orientaion and gender identity operating on a continuum


   ● Review of resources

   ● Opportunity for final questions

   ● Completion of survey

   ● Training ends

Meet Our Trainer(s)

Lauren Szyper holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.  She has worked full time in community mental health for about 15 years now, serving a diverse high-risk population overcoming challenges related to mental illness, addiction, homelessness, immigration status, and the like.  Lauren has worked with children, teens, adults, and seniors with complex trauma and have worked closely with the child welfare system.  She has facilitated clinical trainings for numerous years on topics ranging from crisis intervention and de-escalation, understanding the child welfare system, to trainings on professional boundaries, and working with the LGBTQ communities.

This course meets the qualifications for (1.75) 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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