2.5 clock hour Continuing Education Credits are provided as a recorded home-study session. Full Course Details: https://www.counselorschoiceaward.com/lgbtqiafamilies Description: As clinicians, we know that it is essential for queer youth to experience support from their families because it can have a significant impact on their mental health and well-being. Unfortunately, queer youth often face social stigma, discrimination, and isolation, which can lead to depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health issues. Having a supportive family can help to mitigate some of these negative effects by providing a safe and accepting environment where queer youth can be themselves without fear of rejection or judgment. Additionally, family support can help to increase academic and career success for queer youth. In fact, studies have shown that family acceptance is associated with higher levels of self-esteem, better grades, and increased likelihood of completing higher education. Clinicians are often a pivotal component in helping families increase their support for their LGBTQIA+ child. By engaging collaboratively with families, clinicians can promote open communication, strengthen family bonds, and foster empathy and understanding in family systems. Clinicians can also help to break down stereotypes and reduce prejudice and discrimination. Chris McLaughlin, MSW, LCSW provides best practice tools, tips, and techniques to help clinicians become more intentional in supporting families in caring for their LGBTQIA+ child. Some of the Learning Objectives include: 1) Bring awareness of the risk factors associated with LGBTQIA+ youth 2) Outline best practice clinical approaches for the behavior health treatment of LGBTQIA+ youth 3) Review concepts of Trauma-Informed Care and Grief and Loss theories 4) Provide overview of family rejection vs. family acceptance 5) Apply Trauma-Focused CBT principles in clinical work with families of LGBTQIA+
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