A 9-year-old boy took his own life, just days after coming out to his peers as gay, due to the severe bullying he received. Sadly, he is not alone, suicide rates among LGBTQ youth are rising at an alarming pace.
As a clinician, how do you approach a sensitive topic like gender identity without offending your clients? How do you navigate the LGBTQ spectrum, with its unique terminology and challenges? How are you supposed to help an LGBTQ youth client when their parents are not on board?
You are not alone in struggling with these types of questions. Join expert and author, Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT as she draws on her nearly 20 years of working with LGBTQ youth. Deb will show you effective clinical strategies for:
The coming out process
Suicide, anxiety, shame, depression, self-harming
Making healthy choices
Thriving in school
Developing support networks
Working with these youth and families can be complex, requiring the balance of many seemingly opposing viewpoints. As a clinician, there is nothing more rewarding than facilitating these changes and watching families discover their own path towards understanding.
Help LGBTQ kids and adolescents know that it’s their right to be themselves!
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Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT, is a private practice clinician and an assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Syracuse University. She has been doing therapy with LGBTQ youth and their families for nearly 20 years. She created the Transgender Treatment Team in Syracuse University’s Couple and Family Therapy Center, where she trains and supervises masters students to work with transgender people and their families.
Dr. Coolhart has several publications on clinical work with LGBTQ youth. Her recent work has focused on transgender youth and their families. She has developed a tool for assessing youths’ and families’ readiness for gender transition treatments, published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has also published multiple manuscripts on supporting transgender youth and families in therapy and advocating for trans-affirmative school environments. Recently, she co-authored a book, The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. Additionally, Dr. Coolhart has conducted research on transgender people and their family relationships and the experiences of LGBTQ homeless youth.
Financial: Deborah Coolhart is an assistant professor at Syracuse University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-Financial: Deborah Coolhart is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; American Family Therapy Academy; and World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
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Assess how school, family and social pressures impact the formation of an LGBTQ youth’s identity.
Support the coming out process with youth clients and facilitate family interventions to create safety, support, space, and acceptance.
Analyze LGBTQ youth clients’ level of risk and protective factors for developing symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as self-harm behaviors and suicidal ideation.
Assess family dynamics of the client to determine potential to work towards increased acceptance and support.
Evaluate the unique clinical needs of LGBTQ youth to inform the clinician's choice of treatment interventions.
Develop LGBTQ affirmative school environments with strategies for working in conjunction with school staff, administration and parents.
Create a Safe Therapeutic Space
Offensive words to avoid
Intake session: how to ask about developing identity
Approach transgender compared to LGBQ
Strategies to establish rapport and comfort
Identity Formation and Coming Out
Internalized homo/bi/trans -phobia
The decision to come out
Strategies to overcome fear, shame, and rejection in the coming out process
Bullying and safety issues
Clinical Considerations and Interventions
Treatment strategies for
Importance of family acceptance
Impact with other cultural identities
Research limitations and risks of psychotherapeutic approaches
What you Need to Know about Differences within the LGBTQ Spectrum
Facilitate positive self-esteem
Explore gender role expectations
Understand bisexuality as a legitimate identity
Harmfulness of bisexual erasure
Assess need/desire for gender transition
Options for gender expression
Make space for exploration and fluidity
Reduce pressure to self-label
Avoid mislabeling a client
Clinical Strategies for Working with Families
Coming out to family members
Parents’ reactions and resistance
Techniques to work with unsupportive families
Support youths’ LGBTQ identity
Practical tips to help parents and siblings work towards increased acceptance and support
Navigate religious beliefs
Facilitate support networks
LGBTQ-Affirmative School Environments
Tips to assist parents with school advocacy
Coach youth towards self-advocacy
Strategies to manage mistreatment
Face to face bullying
School Guidance Counselors
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Marriage & Family Therapists
Other Mental Health and Helping Professionals who Work with Children
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