For Educators

It is a priority to strengthen the professional systems to support LGBTQ youth after sexual assault and other traumas that these youth commonly experience. This 13-minute video features five LGBTQ youth who discuss details of their own trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they gained resilience, and how professionals helped them in this regard.

 

The video introduces the viewer to the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth who
have experienced trauma. You may use the video as a training tool, for example, during a staff meeting or in supervision
with staff. You can show the video in its entirety or in segments.
However you use this resource, be sure to allow time for discussion after viewing the video. Questions to
facilitate growth, learning, and change follow.

Complex trauma describes both children's exposure to multiple traumatic evens and the wied-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure.  These events are severe, pervasive and opten interpersonal, such as abuse or profound neglect.  They usually begin early in life, may disrupt many aspects of the child's development, and interfere with the child's ability to form secure attachment bonds.  Many aspects of a child's healthy physical and mental development rely on this primary source of safety and stability.

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