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Mon, Oct 25


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Exploring Identity Development Models for Youth with Multiple Identities

Kelsey Pacha

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Exploring Identity Development Models for Youth with Multiple Identities
Exploring Identity Development Models for Youth with Multiple Identities

Time & Location

Oct 25, 2021, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Kelsey Pacha

Training Description

This highly interactive and informative cultural humility training supports training participants in deepening their understanding of racial, sexuality, gender, and moral development. Through self-reflection and group case study work, attendees will be better equipped to formulate strategies to support healthy identity development with system involved youth.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development and Erik Erickson's Stages of Psychosocial Development as a foundation to evaluate several identity development models.
  2. Become familiar with Sue et. al's Stages of Racial Identity Development Model, Cass' Model of Gay and Lesbian Development, Bem’s Gender Schema Theory and Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development.
  3. Identify cognitive and psychosocial contexts that may influence a system involved young person's identity development.
  4. Identify ways that traditional development models may not apply to system involved youth who have multiple marginalized identities, contrasting Kohlberg’s Cognitive Developmental Theory of Gender Development & Veale’s Identity Defense Model of Gender Variance as an example.
  5. Complete a video case study that illustrates the complex interaction between multiple identities and generate a plan to best support that young person's healthy identity development.


9-9:15am: Intros, learning objectives, scope.

9:15-9:45am: Self-reflection: Identity map activity. What are our identities, and what are the identities of our clients?  How do they interact?

9:45-10:30am: Basic premises: How do we understand an individual’s identity journey through considering multiple spheres of influence, templates of early experience, and throughout the lifespan? Explore ecological perspective, intersectionality, and the minority stress model.

10:30-10:45am: Break (CEUs will not be provided during this time)

10:45-11:15am: What are identity models? How can we understand conceptual differences in identity model structure? What is the proper utility and inherent limits of identity models?

11:15am-12pm: Foundational models: Piaget & Erikson, with two videos & discussion. Critiques.

12-12:30pm: Lunch (CEUs will not be provided during this time)

12:30-1:15pm: Racial identity model: Sue & Sue. Video and discussion.Sexuality identity model: Cass and D’Augelli. Gender identity models: Bem, Diamond, Veale.

1:15-2:00pm: Moral development: Kohlberg. Heinz dilemma activity.

2-2:15pm: Break (CEUs will not be provided during this time)

2:15-3pm: Where models fail: Compare and contrast 2 other models of gender identity development, Kohlberg and Veale. Apply to video case study.

3-3:45pm: Video case study: Kesawn. Examine his psychosocial stage, sexuality, racial identity, and moral development. Small group and large group discussion.

3:45-4pm: Question & Answer period, resources, evaluations, 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 (6) 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.

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