Webinar: AFFIRMative CBT: Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Youth

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) has an excellent webinar opportunity coming up next week:

AFFIRMative CBT: Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Youth

Date: September 20, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am PST / 12:30pm – 1:30pm EST

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As they transition into adulthood, LGBTQ+ youth experience mental health challenges because of the stigma surrounding their sexual orientation and/or gender identification. Many endure the emotional stressors of family rejection, social isolation and harassment. Treatments for this group of young people have not always been supportive of their identities and have caused much harm. So what can be done to support the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ youth?

This webinar will highlight the need for supportive treatment strategies by opening with a young adult’s personal reflections on her experience of conversion therapy. Next, panelists will describe the clinical considerations related to AFFIRM, a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) coping skills group intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. They will also describe findings from a new study demonstrating that AFFIRM holds the promise of reducing depression and improving stress coping skills among LGBTQ+ young people. Following the webinar presentation, there will be a question and answer discussion period to address audience questions.


  • Ashley Austin, LCSW, PhD is Associate Professor/Director of the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at Barry University.
  • Shelley L. Craig, LCSW, PhD, is Associate Professor/Associate Dean, Academic and Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth.
  • Emmie Hinkle, BS is an Independent Living and My Life Coach at New Avenues for Youth as well as an alumni of foster care.

The Pathways RTC is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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