3 Apr 20

Despite elevated risk of suicide and suicidal behaviors in LGBTQ+ youth, many helpers in the mental health, school, and health communities do not have the training and knowledge to support these youth and their families. This in-person workshop by the Greater Boston PFLAG will focus on LGBTQ+ youth issues and why this population is at higher risk. This in-person workshop will provide context about what LGBTQ+ youth are facing as well as define terms such as gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression.

A highlight of the presentation will be a panel from the LGBTQ+ community and parents who will share their stories.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe three risk factors and three protective factors in suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Summarize current research in suicide and suicidal behaviors across the LGBTQ+ lifespan.
  • Explain the difference between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and sex assigned at birth.
  • List two strategies for making their clinical work more supportive for LGBTQ+ youth.

Speaker Tracy McKay has a BA in psychology from Brandeis University and an MSW from Boston College. She spent her professional career working with children and families in a variety of settings, most recently as a lead teacher in a kindergarten program. Prior to becoming a Program Manager, Tracy volunteered for PFLAG and other organizations sharing her experience as the mother of three children, two of whom are transgender. She is also a co-founder of the Needham Coalition for Transgender Equality. Tracy is committed to education and advocacy work with the goal of helping to make communities more safe, inclusive, and welcoming for LGBTQ+ people. Pronouns: she/her/hers

This talk will benefit mental health clinicians, health care professionals, and educators. Applications for 3 hours of continuing education will be submitted for Social Workers, LMFTs, CADCs and Nurses. Please contact Jenny Huynh (jhuynh@riversidecc.org) for the status of the CE accreditation. This training is approved for 3 hours of continuing education for Psychologists and Counselors.

The cost is $55 per person or $25 per Riverside Community Care employee.

To register, click here.