When:                   March 28, 2019

Where:                  Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence 130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

Training:            LGBTQ

Presenter:          Dr. Alex Karydi, LMFT-I, CSAC, CAC

When:         Registration 8:30. Training is 9-4:30

                             Lunch on your own from 12-1

Credit:                   6 Hours 

Audience:              Art Therapists, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Medical Professionals

Fee:                        Registration is $75.00Employees of Region 1 301 Agencies (A/OBHS, BHSPC, CCCADA, The Forrester Center, HealthyU, Phoenix Center, Cornerstone, Westview, Saluda, Gateway, plus Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center and Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Mental Health) may attend monthly Region 1 trainings at no charge; however, registration is needed in advance and is on a first come/first served basis.

Description: For thousands of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) children and adolescents who must navigate the typical developmental challenges of growing up, have the added challenge managing the stigma and isolation that they may face as a result of their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. These challenges often result in poorer health outcomes for LGBTQ children and adolescents such as higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, poor sexual health outcomes, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization.  Many LGBTQI youth are entering the systems of care, such as the child welfare system and foster care.  This session focuses on the unique challenges and health disparities experienced by LGBTQ children and adolescents, and describes strategies to address these issues in a school setting. Though culturally appropriate and strength-based communication with LGBT children and adolescents, the school staff can be key facilitators in improving the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority youth by decreasing the use of hurtful or exclusionary language and/or practices in your school and intervening when witnessing anti-LGBT language, harassment and/or bullying.


  1. Become familiar with appropriate LGBTQ vocabulary. 

  2. Understand the risk factor of minority stress predisposing sexual and gender minority youth to a variety of negative psychosocial health outcomes.

  3. Learn a comprehensive approach to creating safe and supportive environments, recognizing the needs of LGBTQ youth are connected to, but distinct from, the needs of (straight) ally students.

Dr. Alex Karydi, LMFT-I, CSAC, CAC, is a certified drug and alcohol counselor who has been trained in the impact of minority stress.  She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy (ABD). She has served for Richland 2 School District as a therapist and with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as an evaluating psychologist with the designation of the DJJ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) youth coordinator. She is currently the Project Director for the SC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative a community movement to end suicide in children and young adults.  She has been working with kids and their families throughout her travels since 2000.

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