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Loving Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Youth

About the Course

Resource Parents agree to help and never hurt children entrusted to their care. But what about when a newly placed child/youth does not identify as heterosexual or cisgender? Regardless of personal beliefs or spiritual affiliations, it is imperative Resource Parents love, nurture, guide, and support all children/youth, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning, gender nonconforming, 2 Spirit, or intersex (LGBTQI+).

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be reminded of the typical sexual development of children and youth.

2. Participants will have the opportunity to look at their, sometimes unknown, negative feelings and beliefs about LGBTQI+ individuals.

3. Participants will explore LGBTQI+ identified youth experiences and their diverse needs within the framework of the many different diversities they represent.

4. Participants will learn communication strategies that support youth as they become aware of themselves as sexual beings.

5. Participants will identify and develop effective and loving methods of assisting all youth to develop a healthy SOGIE.

6. Participants will learn school and community advocacy strategies.

7. Participants will become aware of support systems and community resources for themselves and LGBTQI+ identified youth.

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