Cultural Competence with LGBTQ Youth

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Presentation Description

In today’s society we must be aware how increased societal stressors impact children in minority groups, including LGBTQ identified youth.  These youth are almost 5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than their heterosexual peers.  Bereaved LGBTQ youth have the additional challenge of navigating the world of loss that few peers recognize or understand. At a time when these young people are trying to accept their own identity, they have had their world rocked by a death.  This presentation will provide information on the general challenges of LGBTQ youth in today’s society and how they impact an individual’s grief process.  It will also include tools to help professionals have inclusive conversations that address the specific concerns of grieving LGBTQ youth and their families.

About the Presenter

Erin Spalding, LCSW (Program Director) joined The Christi Center, an Austin based non-profit bereavement support agency, in 2007. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas. She provides clinical oversight for child, teen and adult programs onsite and in the school system. In addition, she provides trainings and workshops on grief and bereavement throughout the community and has presented at local, state-wide and national conferences. She is an adjunct professor at University of Texas School of Social Work. Finally, she is a certified LCSW supervisor; supporting LMSW’s working toward their clinical licensure.



1. Understand the specific challenges of LGBTQ identified youth and how these impact rates of suicide
2. Recognize how societal acceptance or rejection impacts the grieving process
3. Identify techniques for helping to engage and support grieving LGBTQ yout

Continuing Education

CE Learning Systems, LLC:APA - The National Alliance for Grieving Children's continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, LLC, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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