The Center for Professional Development

LGBTQQIA Youth and Their Families: Building Responsive Systems of Care

Friday, January 17, 2014
$125 (see Registration Information for discount information)
6 CEUs / 6 Act 48 credits

Research and experience indicate that institutions serving children and youth have been minimally responsive to the needs of LGBTQQIA youth. This seminar explores ways of building responsive systems of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities and the individuals who comprise them. Years of stigma, discrimination and bias have limited young people’s access to affirming and competent care. Within this socio-historic context, this seminar focuses on addressing the needs of LGBTQQIA youth and their families through the lens of cultural and linguistic competence. Participants of this seminar will learn to: 1) define and distinguish between culture, cultural competence, linguistic competence and diversity; 2) identify the impact of socialization and how it influences our interactions with others; and 3) increase awareness and knowledge of strategies for building responsive systems of care for LGBTQQIA youth.  Fundamental intersectionalities between individuals’ and groups’ diverse identities and the inter-relationships between gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, class, level of privilege, etc. will be explored.  This seminar is appropriate for all levels of post-master’s degree practitioners in youth-serving institutions and organizations as well as human/social service agencies.

Carrie Jacobs, PhD, MSS, LSW, is Executive Director and co-founder of The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only agency exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Dr. Jacobs has worked with adolescents for over 30 years as a social worker, psychologist, researcher, mentor, and community leader.  She holds a Masters in Social Services and a Doctorate in Psychology. Since 1993, her efforts have focused on the development of the Attic, which grew from a weekly support group to a full-service community center for LGBTQ youth.