Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth & Families

November 9, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Speaker: Colby Swettberg, Ed.M., LCSW, CEO, The Silver Linings Institute

Webinar Description
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) young people and families face disproportionate rates of discrimination, isolation, and stigma. Consequently LGBTQ youth are at much higher risk for substance abuse, homelessness, truancy and mental health challenges, among other risky behaviors. By contrast, professionals who are working with youth and families, however accepting they may feel, are rarely prepared to manage the issues that arise in schools and social service settings. This interactive workshop will explore how personal beliefs and values, school or agency culture, and culturally responsive policies and practices can impact the provision of services for LGBTQ youth and families. Participants will build skills and gain practical tools to help create safer spaces for LGBTQ young people and families.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email