LGBTQ Youth Training Series

Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ victims

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The primary goal of this workshop is to explore the high degree of risk of abuse faced by gay and lesbian adolescents. Due to a lack of information and visibility this group of adolescents faces physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home, school and in society at large. The discussion will include an overview of the stages of sexual identity development and identification of the physical and emotional stressors experienced by this population. There will also be an exploration of the cultural and institutional dynamics that reinforce this abuse.

This workshop is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals from the following disciplines: mental health, social services, non-profit, community-based organizations, and non-profit, county/government advocates who provide crisis and/or mental health services for LGBTQ Youth who have been victims of sexual trauma, during childhood and/or as adults.

The goals of this training are to identify issues of risk, challenge and strength specific to LGBTQ youth and young adults, to demonstrate increased understanding of the issues around coming out and how they might impact youth, and to understand culture as it relates to LGBTQ youth.

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

  • Summarize the stages of sexual identity development
  • Develop strategies that balance personal beliefs with professional responsibilities
  • Identify stressors experiences by sexual and gender minority youth, their families, and caregivers
  • List current LGBTQ terminology
  • Utilize strategies shared to create a welcoming culture and environment when working with 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.

  • Terminology
  • Risk Factors
  • Stages of Identity Development
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Strategies for organizations
  • Resources

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 6 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.

Livestream Archive

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