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When a Child Comes Out: Providing Culturally Competent Support To Families
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This workshop will focus on best practices for supporting families when their child comes out. Emerging research suggests that the single most significant factor in predicting outcomes for youth is the response of their families when the child comes out (Ryan, 2008). The results of a multi-year, mixed methods study conducted by Caitlin Ryan and her team for the Family Acceptance Project™, at the Cesar E. Chavez Institute, at San Francisco State University, clearly indicate the profound impact that family reactions to an adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have on their health, mental health and well-being. Ryan found that when families are highly rejecting, LGBT youth are at far higher risk for major health and mental health problems as young adults (suicidal ideation and attempts, depression, substance abuse, risk for HIV and STDs), compared with young adults from families that were a little or not at all rejecting. This workshop will focus on evidence based strategies that families and caregivers can use to help their LGBTQ+ children live happy, healthy productive lives.
Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She has co-authored two books and several articles on LGBTQ youth and is a nationally recognized thought leader. Robin is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2019 GLAD Award for Leadership; 2016 CCSU Women of Influence Award, the 2014 HRC Upstander Award, the 2011 UCONN Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; 2008 National Education Association’s Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (NASW, CT Chapter). In 2017 she was named the Advocates’, 50 States; 50 Heroes for Connecticut. In 2019, she received the GLAD award for her work on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth..