LGBTQ Youth Training Series

"Do Ask, Do Tell": LGBTQ Youth At A Crossroad In Its Identity

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This course will include a brief overview and history of the LGBTQ community. The training will focus on issues relating to risk factors for LGBTQ youth; the continual perils of ‘coming out’, the new evolution of sexual identities and how they impact educational and social life. Participants will engage in conversations of ways of dealing with troubled LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ youth dealing with their own emotional feelings of acceptance.

The course will also focus on emerging and ethical and legal issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community and impact of technology. Discussion will include the questions of minority populations in dealing with LGBTQ issues as well as domestic violence and dating violence. Participants will also partake in a deeper conversation of transgender issues at home, school and foster care. The goal of this training is to clarify and assess personal, religious and cultural views and values regarding LGBTQ youth and young adults. Participants will be given strategies to assist in identifying risk factors, challenges and strengths specific to LGBTQ youth and young adult populations, their families, other caregivers and service delivery systems.

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

  • Assess the cultural differences that impact members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Discuss issues specific to foster LGBTQ youth and their integration into families.
  • Identify and discuss the challenges to our families and community as a result of the fast paced social and political changes regarding the LGBTQ community.
  • Explore the challenges of minority populations with regard to dating and domestic violence.
  • Identify needs of young LGBTQ community in regards to bullying and cyber bullying, as well as issues associated with cultural and religious differences in accepting LGBTQ youth.
Presenter: Gary Catsoulis

Gary has been a social worker with Butte County Children’s Services for nineteen years, working with high risk youth. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at California State University, Chico in Communication, Child Development and Speech and Language Pathology, Gary was a Special Education educator in Alameda County. Education in cultural diversity and LGBTQ issues for children and teen’s in Butte County has been central to Gary’s years as a social worker and trainer. He has lectured on cultural diversity in Northern California. His client concentration has often been on family and educational awareness of LGBTQ issues that affect the community. Gary brings a historical perspective as well as a fresh look at the changing identities within the LGBTQ community and better ways of addressing and understanding a new generation of LGBTQ youth.

  • 9:00 – 9:45 Brief history and orientation of LGBTQ community
  • 9:45 – 10:45 Cultural competency and challenges of coming out
  • 10:45 – 10:55 BREAK
  • 10:55 – 12:20 Dealing with challenges of bullying, abuse and foster placement
  • 12:20 – 1:20 LUNCH
  • 1:20 – 2:05 Impact of Technology
  • 2:05 - 2:35 Emerging ethical and legal issues
  • 2:35 – 3:05 Exploring the diversity and challenges of minority populations
  • 3:05 – 3:15 BREAK
  • 3:15 – 4:00 Group discussion and wrap-up

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.

San Diego, CA - October 5, 2017

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  • October 5, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm
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  • Free
  • 9/25/17

Change to remaining events in this series

The remaining two events in this series will be presented by Al Killen-Harvey. To register for those events (Bakersfield, Oct. 24 or Oakland, Oct. 26) and to learn more about the new trainings, please visit the new page.