Structures of Acceptance: Family & Community

Course Description

Family acceptance affects the physical health, mental health and well-being of LGBTQ youth and adults. Family acceptance prevents serious health risks including suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness and it promotes well-being for LGBTQ youth and adults. Family rejection, often due to religious beliefs, results in the high rates of homelessness for LGBTQ youth. Studies indicate that 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. Therefore, equality programs must possess a comprehensive understanding of the impact of family acceptance and family rejection upon LGBTQ youth and adults.

Registration Fee: $400

Topics Include

Cultural frameworks

Implicit Biases

Multi-cultural frameworks of understanding families

Best practices in Intercultural Care

Family-centered care of an individual

Healing from the trauma experienced from family rejection

Psychotherapy with gender and sexual minorities

Identifying and working with Trust agents and gatekeepers in marginalized communities to offer mental health services

Thought Leaders

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW

Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco, CA, Family Acceptance

Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen

Parity, New York City, NY, Family Acceptance

Seminar Details


 $400 for this module


The Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership was designed for  mission-driven individuals. aspiring leaders. teachers. and community activists committed to allying with LGBTQ communities.


Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.


6/1/20 –  7/1/20 M/W


5:00p-6:30p Pacific Time


Online modules are delivered through the Cisco WebEx conferencing system on the Internet. These meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

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