LGBT Youth: From Trauma to Belonging

LGBT Youth: From Trauma to Belonging (2nd Edition) is a course that was designed for professionals working in schools and organizations that serve children and adolescents identifying with the LGBT+ community. The course provides information related to working with LGBT+ young people. Topics include: rejection experienced by LGBT+ youth, the “crisis of belonging” experienced by LGBT+ youth, the trauma of rejection and its effects, using “The Five Shifts” to connect with and understand fellow members of the human family, The Oneness of Humankind, and various other skills, tools, and tips for being an ally to LGBT+ young people. Leaving this course, participants will be armed with the knowledge and tools to support the children/students they serve.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain common rejections of LGBT youth in their homes, communities, and schools
  • Explain the impact of rejection and the “crisis of belonging” on LGBT young people
  • Explain how rejection, internalized homophobia, etc. traumatizes LGBT youth and how this impacts their health and well-being
  • Utilize the ‘Five-Shifts’ to connect with and understand fellow members of the human family
  • Identify strategies one can use to be an LGBT student ally and create safe learning environments for them

Materials : 

  • Course PowerPoint Handout
  • While not provided as part of the course, the GLSEN Safe Space Kit is an additional recommended resource

Please note:

  • This is the 2nd edition of this course
  • As an elective course, LGBT: From Trauma to Belonging can fulfill one of the requirements to achieve Certified Trauma Practioner (Clinical or Educational) or Certified Trainer certification