Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Promoting Well Being for LGBT Youth at Univ. at Albany


The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project
at the University at Albany
School of Social Welfare Presents
Promoting Well-being for LGBT Youth
Friday, November 16th, 2012
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SUNY Albany, Downtown Campus
Husted Amphitheater 106A
The Critical Role of Families in Reducing Risk for Suicide & Other Health Problems
with Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance Project, SF State University
This workshop will present compelling new research on LGBT youth and families from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University on the dramatic influence families have on their LGBT children's health, mental health and well-being. Family acceptance protects against risk and helps promote well-being, while family rejection is related to serious health and mental health concerns including depression, suicidality, substance abuse and STDs. Dr. Ryan will discuss key findings and an evidence-based family intervention model to help ethnically and religiously diverse families support their LGBT children. Revolutionary and paradigm-changing, this work is changing how LGBT youth are served across multiple domains and systems of care. 
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW is a clinical social worker who has worked on LGBT health and mental health for nearly 40 years. She is the Director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University. Dr. Ryan received the American Psychological Association, Division 44 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Achievement Award for groundbreaking research on LGBT youth and families. Her family education publications have been designated as the first "Best Practice" resources for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Ryan has trained more than 30,000 providers, clergy, families and youth on her research and evidence-based family approach across the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Latin America and China.
$25 professionals/$10 students (scholarships available)
 includes lunch and training materials
REGISTRATION:  (518) 462-6138 (Box 12) or
This workshop is made possible through the generous support of the University at Albany Diversity Transformation Fund, NYS Office of Mental Health's Suicide Prevention Initiative, the Northeast Division of NASW NYS, The Sage Colleges, Rainbow Access Initiative, and the Pride Center of the Capital Region's LGBT Mental Health Substance Abuse Network.
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