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Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ Victims – Bakersfield & Oakland

Bakersfield & Oakland, CA


October 24 @ 9:00 am
October 26 @ 4:00 pm
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Bakersfield & Oakland, CA
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Crystal Cardenas

Tuesday, October 24th – Bakersfield, CA

Thursday, October 26th – Oakland, CA

The primary goal of this workshop is to explore the high degree of risk of abuse faced by gay and lesbian adolescents.  Due to a lack of information and visibility this group of adolescents faces physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home, school and in society at large.  The discussion will include an overview of the stages of sexual identity development and identification of the physical and emotional stressors experienced by this population.  There will also be an exploration of the cultural and institutional dynamics that reinforce this abuse.

This workshop is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals from the following disciplines: mental health, social services, non-profit, community-based organizations, and non-profit, county/government advocates who provide crisis and/or mental health services for LGBTQ Youth who have been victims of sexual trauma, during childhood and/or as adults.
By the end of the training participants will be able to:

1) Summarize the stages of sexual identity development

2) Develop strategies that balance personal beliefs with professional responsibilities

3) Identify stressors experiences by sexual and gender minority youth, their families, and caregivers

4) List current LGBTQ terminology

5) Utilize strategies shared to create a welcoming culture and environment when working with LGBTQ

Presenter Information

Al Killen-Harvey is the cofounder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving the health care outcomes through integrating sexual health.  For the past 21 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital where he currently serves as the Lead Trainer under two federally funded grants designed to improve Trauma Informed care in Child Welfare and Mental Health systems across the United States.  A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected.  He serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach as well as a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy.

To register please fill out the form below:

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Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs/ LCSWs (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEUs available at training for a fee of $45.

For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact Tiffany Anderson at

(805) 584-0525 or tiffany.anderson@cirinc.org or visit http://www.cirinc.org/up/index.html

Produced by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch with funding made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2015-VA-GX-0058.