For far too many LGBTQ youth, schools are hostile environments where the majority experience victimization and discrimination on a daily basis, including discriminatory policies and practices from the staff that are mandated to protect and support them. Levels of bullying and harassment are extraordinarily high among transgender and gender nonconforming youth. The effects of the harassment, victimization, and discrimination has a profound effect on LGBTQ youth, resulting in impaired academic success, as well as significant negative impacts on their mental health. School and agency staff have a vital role in creating and maintain a safe school environment for all students, including LGBTQ youth.
By the end of this session, participants will have:
• Reviewed and gained an understanding of the latest research addressing the impact of bullying, cyberbullying, and sexual harassment of LGBTQ youth;
• Examined the risk factors for LGBTQ youth;
• Learned the school’s role and responsibility in providing a safe learning environment for all youth; and
• Identified the available resources that assist with the development of resilience in youth.
Behavioral health system & school staff
Participants must attend entire session and submit an evaluation