LGBTQ Youth: Magnifying the Splendor of the Rainbow


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Conference Coordinator: Meridith Apfelbaum, MS 

Plenary Speaker: Asa Sevelius, EdD

Panelists: Steven Thurston Oliver, PhD; Landon Callahan; Kelly Jenkins; Austin Seeley, LCSW; Gregory Fenton, MD; Narong Sokhom; Akané Kominami (小南茜), LICSW; AndreAs Neumann-Mascis, PhD; Kamar Porter; & Members of BAGLY: The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

William James College Faculty/Staff Presenters: Elana Wolkoff, PhD, LEP; Mari Carmen Bennasar, Psy.D; Nicholas A. Covino, PsyD; Nilda Laboy, PsyD; Mario G. Murga, MA; Jill Betz Bloom, PhD; Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD; Bruce Ecker, PhD; Natalie A. Cort, PhD; & Jessica Stahl, PhD

Performance by: Voices Rising (Artistic Director: Leora Zimmer)

Sexual orientation and gender are vital pieces of a young person’s identity. Developing and understanding these aspects of identity present a unique journey for each individual. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience a variety of challenges and risk factors because of how others react to the development of their sexual orientation and/or gender expression/identity. This conference builds an awareness of the challenges and adversity that LGBTQ youth face, while exploring ways to address these challenges and celebrate their unique talents, strengths, and gifts of resilience. Available resources for families, schools, faith groups, and communities will be identified.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the challenges and risk factors faced by LGBTQ youth.
2. Explore their awareness of programs and resources that foster the well-being, resilience, and creativity of LGBTQ youth at home, at school, and in the community.
3. Connect with and build relationships with people and organizations that provide resources

Program Code: MSR6
Credits: 6 CE Credits
Price: $130 with CE Credits, $65 no CE Credits
Networking lunch included!

Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, Dean of Students Office, Department of Community Engagement, Concentration on Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience, Counseling Department, School Psychology Department, and the Admissions Department


  • When

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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