course »Identifying, Examining & Challenging Heterosexism to Better Support Youth with Marginalized Sexual Orientations

Date: 5/20/2022, 9:00 am—5:00 am
County: Training Offerings
CEUs: 6.5
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Phone: 510-482-2244
Studies have found that youth with marginalized sexual orientations are overrepresented in child welfare systems, despite the fact that they are likely to be underreported because they risk harassment and abuse if they disclose. Learning to be an ally to system involved youth with marginalized sexual orientations is learning to question, interrupt, and challenge our personal biases as well as the larger systems of heterosexism to create truly inclusive, affirming, and healthy environments for people with marginalized sexual orientations. In this interactive workshop, we will introduce fundamental concepts and vocabulary necessary to engage in discourse and provide inclusive support to youth with marginalized sexual orientations. Participants will be introduced to the cycle of oppression and begin to examine the ways in which we have been socialized into systems of oppression with a focus on heterosexism. Attendees will also consider actions that we can take on personal, cultural, and institutional levels to improve outcomes for system involved youth by creating more equitable communities.