Affirming Social Work Practice for LGBTQ+ Youth and Families | NASW-NYS Continuing Education

Presenter(s): Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Members: $60

Non-Members: $75

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed psychologists.



Workshop Description

LGBTQ+ young people and their families have unique needs in 2022. Over 280 pieces of LGBTQ+ legislation have been introduced across the country this year and many are focused on transgender youth and restricting their access to affirming medical and mental health care and their ability to participate in sports. This training will provide participants with a space to learn about updated research on coming out trends, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ youth and how social workers across sectors can provide safe and affirming care to youth and their families. This course is interactive with time for social workers to self-reflect on their practice, discuss terminology used by LGBTQ+ youth and consider best practices for helping LGBTQ+ youth and families navigate systems such as their school, child welfare, homelessness system, health care providers and when accessing community organizations.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand affirming terminology used by LGBTQ+ young people.
  • Identify current trends and best practices in serving LGBTQ+ youth and families.
  • Obtain advocacy tips for supporting youth to navigate systems such as their schools, health care and community spaces.
  • Identify local, state and national resources to utilize with LGBTQ+ youth and families.




This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).



Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW, is a white, cis queer social worker from the Midwest. Carolyn currently serves as the Director of Operations and Programming at Youth Outlook, a youth services agency that works to meet the ever-evolving needs of LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Previously, Carolyn served as the Executive Director of Housing at 360 Youth Services and launched the first LGBTQ+ transitional housing program in the state of Illinois. Carolyn works with educators, mental health professionals, and other youth workers to create safe, supportive and affirming policies and practices for working with queer and trans young people and their families. She is a graduate of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



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