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August 3, 2016 | Webinar

Context and Practice: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Building Affirming Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth


Martel Okonji, Devika Shankar, Krystal Torres-Covarrubias

Date Recorded:

August 24, 2016


In this workshop, participants will explore the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ youth who face a variety of structural and interpersonal traumas. We will provide a brief overview of LGBTQ+ youth inequities, and explore the challenges of domestic violence in LGBTQ+ communities along with its impact on youth. We will conclude by sharing the benefits of trauma-informed care for LGBTQ+ youth and share approaches that can be used in participants’ daily programming and care efforts.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar participants will be better able to:

  • Increase knowledge of LGBTQ youth identities and structural realities

  • Share perspective on unique challenges of domestic violence in LGBTQ communities

  • Address the impact of domestic violence on children and youth

  • Introduce a trauma informed care approach for supporting LGBTQ youth


  • Martel Okonji, Youth Development Coordinator, Children, Youth & Family Services, Los Angeles LGBT Center

  • Devika Shankar, Program Coordinator, Family Violence Intervention Services, Los Angeles LGBT Center

  • Krystal Torres-Covarrubias, OUT for Safe Schools™ Coordinator, Public Policy, Los Angeles LGBT Center