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Teleconference Discusses Trauma LGBTQ Youth Experience

3/16/2007:   The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is bringing together experts for a March 22 teleconference to discuss the experiences of trauma among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Presenters include Al Killen-Harvey and Heidi Stern-Ellis, both clinical supervisors at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families in San Diego, California.

According to NCTSN, LGBTQ youth are often excluded from discussions about culture and race, yet they are a highly vulnerable population that needs more informed, skilled, and culturally competent interventions. LGBTQ youth are not only vulnerable to the traumatic events of all youth, but also to family rejection, school harassment, and physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in response to their emerging sexual orientation and gender identity.

The March 22 teleconference at 2:00 p.m. (ET) is part of NCTSN's monthly Culture and Trauma Speakers Series highlighting the work of NCTSN experts in important areas relating to culture and child trauma. Each session presents practical and research-based information and is designed to address individual- and organizational-level objectives. Registration is free and open to the public.

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