Date & Time: January 26–27, 2023 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Virtual

There is a growing body of evidence showing that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) youth experience potentially traumatic events at significantly higher rates than their straight and cisgender peers. Traumas and stressors, such as parental rejection, bullying, and harassment, place LGBTQ+ children and youth at risk for a wide range of health disparities and can impact their ability to seek and engage in support.

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Mental health organizations serving traumatized children and families must be proactive about creating LGBTQ+ affirming, trauma-informed spaces where youth of all identities can safely disclose, process, and heal from their trauma. Providers should seek to acknowledge and validate all aspects of a youth’s identity including their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity and other aspects of their cultural identity to promote healing and healthy identity development. Providers must also find opportunities to engage parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth, and promote affirming caregiving practices that will support their child’s wellness and recovery.

This interactive workshop will highlight the intersection of trauma and LGBTQ+ youth identity, including common risk and protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth, and key organizational and clinical best practices for creating safe and welcoming environments that are inclusive of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Participants will receive guidance in using the NCTSN Identifying the Intersection of Trauma and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity screening tool to respectfully initiate discussions with youth and caregivers about their sexual orientation and gender identity and any associated traumas. Participants will also identify strategies for providing family-centered, LGBTQ+ affirming and trauma-informed care, using key elements of the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with LGBTQ+ youth implementation manual. The workshop will include opportunities for skills development through case-based discussion, role play and small group discussion.

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January 26-27, 2023

Learning Objectives

  • Expand awareness of the trauma types and experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and their families
  • Identify best practices for creating LGBTQ+ affirming programs and environments
  • Learn and practice culturally affirming strategies for effectively and safely engaging and assessing LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers, including managing confidentiality related to SO/GI
  • Identify and discuss expanded clinical considerations for providing trauma-informed care with LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers


  • $150 – Registration Fee
  • $125 – Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
  • $90 – Veterans Rate/AUSSW Students
  • FREE with Promo Code: Current Adelphi School of Social Work Students

Faculty Bio

Antonia Barba

Antonia Barba, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a consultant, educator and clinician who has been working in the community mental health field for 15+ years. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the NCTSN Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Collaborative Group and has helped develop numerous resources and best practices for trauma-informed care with LGBTQ+ youth and their families, including the Integrated Family Acceptance Project and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) model of treatment. Antonia strives to create inclusive spaces where providers, youth, and programs can advocate for and safely try new things, provide mutual support, and grow as individuals and organizations. She is passionate about transforming the way we think about and provide mental health services, and excited to be engaged in work that honors and is informed by the lived experiences of youth and families.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal upon approval
  • APA Psychology
  • LCAT
  • NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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