Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

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In this webinar, Dr. Stewart Adelson of Columbia University, will offer a foundation for understanding and addressing the mental health challenges and needs of LGBT children and adolescents. Participants will learn about how gender non-conformity, gender discordance/dysphoria, and sexual orientation are distinct yet related concepts, and how stigma, risk, resilience, and protective factors interact with these to influence youth development, health and mental health. Clinical options for addressing gender dysphoria in children and adolescents will also be discussed. The webinar will conclude with nine mental health practice principles for fostering the healthy psychosocial development of LGBT youth.