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Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST
Extended Access Available Jun. 17 – Jul. 17, 2022
Providers and caregivers must be proactive in creating a culture that respects and values all, and fosters an understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression within their community. Participants will learn about the coming out process, risk factors and protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system, and important considerations for caregivers. Best practices will be discussed for creating an affirming environment LGBTQ+ youth and LGBTQ+ headed families.
Lyndsay Smith (she/her), Senior Program Specialist, Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity
Lyndsay Smith is a Senior Program Specialist at The Institute for Innovation and Implementation. Lyndsay has worked on initiatives that serve LGBTQ+ youth and adults for nearly a decade in the following focus areas: LGBTQ+ youth education and programing, LGBTQ+ older adult health and well-being, implementation of gender-affirming policies and practices, and culturally competent care for LGBTQ+ individuals across the lifespan. She has developed and provided trainings for thousands of professionals, including K-12 faculty, health care providers, and community-based organizations. Lyndsay has also collaborated with numerous state and local agencies on developing LGBTQ+-affirming policies and practices.
Alyssa Fenix, MA (she/her), Transition Coordinator, Sheppard Pratt Health System
Alyssa Fenix is a neurodivergent and queer artist of color and founder of the “If I Knew Then Letters Project.” As a Certified educator in Maryland and Diversity Consultant, she provides professional development and trainings to health systems, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations about how to create Safe and Supportive spaces and practices for marginalized communities, with particular emphasis on LGBTQ+ and Neurodivergent individuals and their families.