Date & Time: October 1 5:00pm – 8:00pm
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.

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.

CEs: 6

(Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event)

Dates: October 1, 2024 & October 8, 2024 (Registrants must attend both days)

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
  • FREE with Promo Code: Current AUSSW Students

Faculty Bio

Antonia Barba, LCSW

Antonia Barba, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 20 years of experience providing trauma focused mental health support, professional training, and program leadership. Her areas of specialty include trauma-informed care with LGBTQ+ youth and their families, traumatic loss and crisis response, peer support with transition aged youth, recognizing and supporting survivors of child sex trafficking, and preventing secondary traumatic stress and burnout among helping professionals. Antonia is a long-time member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is a co-founder and co-chair of their Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Collaborative Group where she is a frequent collaborator on the development of culturally grounded tools and resources to promote prevention, healing and recovery from trauma and stress for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. 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.

Credentialling 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

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance.

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