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Wed, Feb 05


Fred Finch -Training Center

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

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Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care
Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

Time & Location

Feb 05, 2020, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Fred Finch -Training Center, 3800 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94602, USA

About the Event

Kelsey Pacha

Training Description

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

Learning Objectives

  • Test our knowledge about laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in CA.
  • Discuss laws that protect LGBTQ youth in the foster care and educational systems in CA.
  • Learn about name and gender change processes and resources to support you if you are pursuing a name and/or gender change.
  • Learn how to fill out name and gender change paperwork, how to file a discrimination complaint within the CA public school system, and how to make a report against a provider.


9-9:05    Introductions: name, GP, professional role. Personal action plan.

9:05-9:25 Gallery walk activity—participants identify their questions about LGBTQ identities, laws, supporting changing legal documents, and how to protect clients from discrimination.

9:25-9:45 Review basic premises about LGBTQ identities and LGBTQ overrepresentation in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Best practices for working with LGBTQ clients.

9:45-10:05 Legal true/false activity.

10:05-10:25 Laws that protect foster care youth against discrimination in foster care system. Law fact sheet.

10:25-10:45 Working backwards activity: What would an LGBTQ client need to do to report harassment or discrimination? What would be your role in such a report?

10:45-11:05 Laws that protect LGBTQ youth in school.

11:05-11:30 Name and gender change laws/procedures.

11:30-11:50 How can you advocate for your clients? (Best practices.)

11:50-12:45 Case studies with filling out paperwork—three groups: Name/gender change, reporting discrimination at school, and reporting discrimination with a provider. Review how to fill out paperwork, split into groups, and small group work on case study with share-out.

12:45-1 Q&A and wrap up.

This course meets the qualifications for (4) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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