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Acceptance: Helping LGBTQ Youth Thrive
08/07 - 09/03
This course provides an opportunity for learners to explore issues related to caring for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or are questioning their sexual orientation (LGBTQ). There are more ways to identify than just LGBTQ. Participants will learn more about some of these identities in the vocabulary section. These identities are often evolving, expanding, and becoming more inclusive of all individuals. For the purpose of this class, the material presented will use the acronym LGBTQ, but the youth in your care may have varying identities.
- Explain the impact that foster/adoptive care placement has on LGBTQ youth.
- Explain the safety and risk factors affecting LGBTQ youth in foster/adoptive care and how to contribute to protective factors.
- Articulate one’s own personal, religious, cultural views, and values regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.
- Understand accurate information regarding LGBTQ people and be able to explain common myths and stereotypes.
- Use accurate and culturally appropriate terminology with regard to LGBTQ individuals.
- Describe ways to establish appropriate rules and boundaries to allow for developmentally appropriate relationships and safety within the home.
- Understand how to support and affirm a youth’s “coming out” process.
- Identify further opportunities to increase awareness, learning, and growth to build one’s competence in caring for LGBTQ youth.