Event Details

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families
Presented by Angela Rowan, LICSW

Advances in visibility and civil rights have led to a tremendous increase in the number of youth coming our as LGBTQ+ while still in elementary or high school. What are the advantages these youth get from understanding themselves and coming out at a young age? What are the risks? And how do we support and protect LGBTQ+ youth so they can grow into a healthy adulthood?

This day-long workshop, designed for mental health professionals, teachers, parents, and community members, aims to answer these questions and many others. We will begin with an understanding of common terminology, and exploring what has created the phenomena of youth understanding themselves as LGBTQ+ at younger and younger ages. We will look at current research to help us understand both the potential benefits and risks for LGBTQ+ youth. We will spend the majority of the day focusing on allieship—learning the ways we can support these youth and mitigate the potential pitfalls they may face. We will discuss creating a safe and welcoming environment, providing support for youth at home, school, and in the community, and ways to support and work with families of LGBTQ+ youth.

Angela Rowan, MSW, LICSW, is a social worker, trainer, and consultant who has worked with LGBTQ+ people for two decades. She is passionate about teaching professionals the best practices for work with the LGBTQ+ community. Angela is an experienced practitioner in a variety of treatment settings, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospital, residential, and inpatient treatment. In addition to work with the LGBTQ+ community, Angela’s clinical interests include work with adolescents, family therapy, eating disorders, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Angela received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. She holds a LICSW
in the states of Massachusetts and Vermont. In addition to her consultation and training work, Angela is currently the Clinical Manager of DBT Services at Brattleboro Retreat hospital, where she works with a variety of residential and inpatient programs, including the Retreat’s child and adolescent programs and it’s dedicated inpatient unit for LGBTQ+ adults.

Lunch and Professional CEU's are provided