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Building a Bridge for our LGTBQIA+ Youth

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Trauma does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity but our systems sometimes do. Are we interested and committed to creating a truly inclusive trauma response community for all our youth? If so, what have we learned from research and practice that can inform our work moving forward? This workshop intends to inspire all members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team to become active participants in creating safe spaces for ALL of the children and youth who experience trauma. The use of inclusive language as well as the need for organizational policies and procedures will be explored with the goal of creating practical and pragmatic interventions that will result in more effective and inclusive services for all our youth.

Presented by Al Killen-Harvey
Community Response to Child Abuse Conference 2022

Al Killen-Harvey has worked at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital for over 28 year as a practicing trauma treatment therapist, Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Reflective Supervisor and trainer. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he is also the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through the integration of sexual health. Their work received the 2022 “William Friedrich Lectures Series” Award given by the Mayo Clinic for its’ innovative work in bridging the gap between sexual trauma and sexual health.

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