Crisis Intervention for LGBTQ+ Youth

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The global pandemic has brought to light many of the disproportionate risk factors experienced by LGBTQIA+ youth. They have higher rates of homelessness, victimization, abuse, neglect, underachievement, and substance use (Kosciw, et al., 2020). Geographic isolation and perceived loss of social supports through school staff and peers lead to increased rates of suicidal ideation and self-harm (The Trevor Project, 2020). School psychologists have the needed expertise in development, counseling, consultation, social justice, and restorative practices which can support LGBTQIA+ youth before, during, and following a crisis. The NASP PREPaRE (NASP, 2016) framework provides an excellent model for recognizing and understanding the impact of emotional proximity, psychological trauma, and how to respond to psychological needs. This presentation will both inform and empower school psychologists to be aware of situations which can create chaos and use empirically-validated practices to produce compassion. Together we can take steps to prevent crises, address the impact of crises when they occur, and examine the effectiveness of our efforts to be proactive at preventing subsequent ones. The content in this webinar is intertwined with domains 2, 4, and 6 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1-hour webinar will receive 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Participants will:

1. Understand the disproportionate risk factors faced by LGBTQIA+ youth

2. Utilize the PREPaRE model to develop intervention for LGBTQIA+ youth in crisis

3. Learn to take steps to prevent crises, address the impact of crises when they occur, and examine the effectiveness of our efforts to be proactive at preventing subsequent ones

Presenter Bio:

Amy Cannava, Ed.S., NCSP, is in her 20th year of practice as a school psychologist and the recipient of the 2019 NASP Presidential Award in recognition of Exceptional Service to Children and School Psychology. For the last decade she has specialized in LGBTQIA+ youth which resulted in her being appointed as the Chair of NASP’s LGBTQI2-S Committee. Amy is a recognized and frequently requested speaker at local and national conferences. She has authored book chapters for NASP on LGBTQIA+ youth, worked with The Trevor Project, GLSEN, Gender Spectrum, HRC, PBS Frontline, HBO, and Project Thrive representing NASP. A former crisis counselor for The Trevor Project, Amy remains inspired and appropriately challenged by the youth she serves who motivate her to continue bettering the world.

Attendee Feedback:

“Very informative and helpful to enriching my professional practice. I feel more prepared and am thankful for the added resources to my toolbox.” -Cara

“I really appreciated the application of the ‘prepare’ model to manage crises LGBTQ+ students may face. Amy really took care to provide insight to protective and vulnerability factors these youth may face, and I appreciate the focus on timely, applicable responses and resources to utilize when working with this population. Overall the presentation was terrific!” -Kelly

“The presenter had a great understanding of the different circumstances that the LGBTQ+ Youth community encounter on a daily basis. I really liked to hear the presenter going over briefly PREPaRE curriculum information. I know in my school district where I work in California we had been reviewing pieces of the PREPaRE training curriculum to ensure that we are always prepared to assist our students in different crisis situations. I feel that it is critical especially now in days to ensure that all of our students are feeling welcome in the school and more than anything to feel safe about being themselves.” -Augustin

“The presenter provided great tips on addressing crises and making sure that the youth are protected.” -Kimberly

“Very eye-opening statistics. Good use PREPARE model to support this area of need.” -Alexandra

“This workshop presented clear information about interventions at multiple levels.  It was heartbreaking and empowering.” -Melody

“Amy is extremely knowledgeable on LGBTQ+ issues.” – Jonathan

“Excellent material and resources provided that I plan to utilize!” – Jessica

“This was a helpful presentation – I appreciated the topic with suggestions to implement in practice.” Presenter was wonderful.” -Erin

“Very helpful framework and resources at the end. Great presentation. Thank you.” -Beth

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