Rainbow Teens: Clinical and Ethical Considerations for Treating LGBTQ+ Youth

6 CEs for in Ethics & Law

Studies show that LGBTQ+ teens are significantly more likely than peers to experience depression, anxiety, substance-related problems, and suicidal thoughts. They’re also more likely to engage in self-harming behaviors, experience trauma, become homelessness, and under-perform in school settings.

Despite these well documented concerns, mental health professionals often feel poorly prepared to provide quality care when meeting with this population. This workshop will provide an interactive, non-judgmental space to explore clinical and ethical considerations when meeting with LGBTQ+ teens.

We’ll start the day by increasing our knowledge related to LGBTQ+ teens. We’ll review current vocabulary and relevant statistics, expand our understanding of issues specific to trans and gender non-conforming youth, and consider the impact of minority stress on this population.

Next, we’ll explore the role of cultural competency when working with LGBTQ+ teens, examine our personal perspectives on gender and sexual orientation, and consider the difference between being an LGBTQ-friendly therapist and an affirming one.

With this important foundational information in place, we’ll then shift our focus to increasing our effectiveness when meeting with LGBTQ+ teens. Key clinical skills covered will include fostering resilience as an antidote to minority stress, building therapeutic alliance, the importance of being trauma informed, and ideas for working with families.

Since we’ll be considering a variety of relevant ethical considerations, this training provides 4 ethics-specific continuing education hours.

Presenter: David Flack

David Flack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), with additional credentials as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Child Mental Health Specialist and Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. He holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling and has credentials or advanced training in several evidence-based programs. For twenty years, David has worked with teens and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges – as a therapist, substance abuse counselor, experiential educator, and clinical supervisor. In private practice since 2017, he meets with teens and emerging adults addressing depression, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 15 years in community mental health agencies, primarily as an adolescent co-occurring disorders therapist. In addition to his clinical work, David regularly provides well-received continuing education programs both regionally and nationally. He has also presented for non-profit agencies, county-sponsored events, and over 100 times at international, national, and regional conferences — including multiple presentations at conferences of the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and Association of Experiential Education.