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LGBTQ Youth: Clinical Strategies to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Recently, the LGBTQ community has been in the national spotlight for challenging issues like which bathroom a transgender person should use, increased youth suicide rates, and the Pulse nightclub tragedy. No wonder youth in our communities are scared to be open about who they are.

As a clinician, how are you supposed to help an LGBTQ youth when their parents are just not on board? Also as a clinician, do you know what type of treatment techniques to suggest when a transgender youth wants to prolong hitting puberty? These are the types of questions clinicians struggle with.

Join expert and author, Deb Coolhart, Ph.D., LMFT as she draws on her nearly 20 years of working with LGBTQ youth. Deb will show you effective clinical strategies for:

  • Coming out
  • Bullying
  • Suicide, anxiety, shame, depression, self-harming
  • Making healthy choices
  • Thriving in school
  • Options for guiding gender transition

Working with these youth and families can be complex, requiring the balance of many seemingly opposing viewpoints. As a clinician, there is nothing more rewarding than facilitating these changes and watching families discover their own path towards understanding.

Help LGBTQ kids and adolescents know that it’s their right to be themselves!


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Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT
6 Hours 12 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 20, 2018
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This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT, is a private practice clinician and an assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Syracuse University. She has been doing therapy with LGBTQ youth and their families for nearly 20 years. She created the Transgender Treatment Team in Syracuse University’s Couple and Family Therapy Center, where she trains and supervises masters students to work with transgender people and their families.

Dr. Coolhart has several publications on clinical work with LGBTQ youth. Her recent work has focused on transgender youth and their families. She has developed a tool for assessing youths’ and families’ readiness for gender transition treatments, published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has also published multiple manuscripts on supporting transgender youth and families in therapy and advocating for trans-affirmative school environments. Recently, she co-authored a book, The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. Additionally, Dr. Coolhart has conducted research on transgender people and their family relationships and the experiences of LGBTQ homeless youth.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Deborah Coolhart is an assistant professor at Syracuse University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Deborah Coolhart is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; American Family Therapy Academy; and World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

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  1. Assess how school, family and social pressures impact the formation of an LGBTQ youth’s identity.
  2. Support the coming out process with youth clients and facilitate family interventions to create safety, support, space, and acceptance.
  3. Analyze LGBTQ youth clients’ level of risk and protective factors for developing symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as self-harm behaviors and suicidal ideation.
  4. Assess family dynamics of the client to determine potential to work towards increased acceptance and support.
  5. Assist transgender clients in the readiness process for medical gender transition and compose letters of support for clients to obtain medical gender transition treatments.
  6. Foster LGBTQ affirmative school environments with strategies for working in conjunction with school staff, administration and parents.


Coming Into an LGBTQ Identity and Coming Out to Others

  • Identity development
  • Internalized homo-bi-trans-phobia
  • The decision to come out
  • Fears in the coming out process
  • Youths’ safety

Clinical Considerations

  • Intervening in depression, shame, self-harming behaviors, and suicidality
  • Addressing anxiety
  • Approaching transgender compared to LGBQ
  • Importance of family acceptance
  • Intersections of other cultural identities
  • Research limitations and risks of psychotherapeutic approaches

Differences within the LGBTQ Spectrum

  • Lesbian Youth
    • Confronting invisibility
    • Facilitating positive self-esteem
  • Gay Youth
    • Discussing gender role expectations
    • Sexual health
    • Substance use
  • Bisexual Youth
    • Understanding bisexuality as a legitimate identity
    • Harmfulness of bisexual erasure
  • Transgender Youth
    • Assessing need/desire for gender transition
    • Exploring options for gender expression
  • Questioning Youth
    • Making space for exploration and fluidity
    • Reducing pressure to self-label

Working with Families

  • Coming Out
  • Creating space for parents’ reactions and resistance
  • Supporting youths’ LGBTQ identity
  • Helping parents work towards increased acceptance and support
  • Navigating religious beliefs
  • Supporting parents’ own process of coming out
  • Attending to the needs of siblings and extended family members
  • Facilitating support networks

LGBTQ-Affirmative School Environments

  • Importance of safe schools for youths’ well-being
  • Assisting parents with school advocacy
  • Coaching youth towards self-advocacy
  • Dealing with bullying and mistreatment
  • Considerations for transgender youth


Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, School Guidance Counselors, Educators , Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Nurses, Other Mental Health and Helping Professionals that Work with Children



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 926



"great presentation. loved the use of videos which provided great info."


"One of the best presenters and programs I have viewed. Will definitely look to attend another of Dr. Coolhart's seminars in the future. "

Samantha R

"This was a very helpful training and I felt that the presenter was highly competent in this area."

Dawn B

"this was an AMAZING webinar! I feel very enlightened. I am grateful for this information!"

Bob W

"For clinical training, I gravitate toward experiential trainings as I find them most efficacious for improving as a psychotherapist. Didactic trainings generally seem to contain little that I do not already know in proportion to the amount of time they take. This was an exception. I learned a great deal from it, far more than I expected, that will have a direct bearing on my practice and I am delighted that I chose this training, as well as thankful for all Dr. Coolhart brought to it."


"Great seminar. I feel I have a better understanding of LGBTQ Youth. Deb was very knowledgeable and her real life experiences and stories were helpful. "


"Wonderful presentation!"


"Loved this seminar! Very helpful information and examples were shared."


"Prompt answering of questions presented."


"A very good program"

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