course »Spiritual Trauma, Abuse, & Mental Health Among LGBTQ Youth

Date: 5/13/2022, 1:00 pm—4:30 pm
County: Training Offerings
CEUs: Yes
Sponsor: East Bay Agency for Children
Phone: 510-844-5370, Ext. 4135
Sparse research and resources exist for care professionals working to support LGBTQ youth who have been exposed to negative theological messages and perhaps experienced religiously-based family rejection related to their coming out process and/or gender transition. Educators and clinicians—including social workers, therapists, and psychologists—often do not receive any kind of training related to religious and spiritual competency, let alone information tailored to LGBTQ identities, despite its potential impact on family acceptance, identity development, mental health outcomes, and social behavior. This workshop explores two emerging concepts in psychology–spiritual abuse and spiritual trauma, examining common anti-LGBTQ theological messages and their mental health effects. Special attention will be paid to how these damaging messages relate to systemic harm including bullying, homelessness, and substance abuse. Attendees will share their experiences in small and large groups, explore the clinical and logistical resources available to assist clients and their families, collaborate on a case study, and leave with resources for further exploration.