LGBTQ Victims Advanced Training Topic

Current Perspectives on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Trauma

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers. Common traumas experienced by these youth include bullying, harassment, traumatic loss, intimate partner violence, and physical and sexual abuse, as well as traumatic forms of societal stigma, bias and rejection. Historically, professionals have failed to recognize and meet the needs of traumatized LGBTQ youth, leading to poor engagement, ineffective treatment and in some cases, perpetuating the youth’s traumatic experiences. To ensure that these youth receive the care they deserve, providers need resources to create safe spaces and familiarize themselves with the issues facing traumatized LGBTQ youth.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to list 5 stages of identity development for LGBTQ youth
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 3 specific trauma related risk factors for LGBTQ youth
  • Participants will be able to identify strengths often present in LGBTQ youth utilize those in their case management
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of community partnerships, collaboration, and resource information when working with LGBTQ youth and families and will be able to name at least 3 specific resource organizations.
  • Participants will be able to describe 3 specific strategies they may employ in their work settings to create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth.
Presenter: Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW

Al Killen-Harvey is the co founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 21 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital where he currently serves as the Lead Trainer under two federally funded grants designed to improve Trauma Informed care in Child Welfare and Mental Health systems across the United States. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach as well as a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy.

Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity. He has served on the board of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and is a consultant and trainer for UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, California. He has served as an expert witness for the United States Army in several same sex sexual assault cases and is currently the co-chairperson of the Cultural Consortium for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and serves on their Policy Committee. He also is on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. He is the current President of the Board of Directors of Step Up Theater a non-profit teen theater company in San Diego. Additionally he serves as a Mentor with the Scholar Program of the Point Foundation that aims to empower promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Tiffany Anderson at or (805) 584-0525. Requests must be received by the registration deadline for each event.

For more information, questions, or grievances please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or email


Course meets qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event for a fee of $45. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Palm Desert, CA - September 14, 2017

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  • Sept. 14, 2017
  • 9am - 3pm
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  • Free
  • 9/1/17