Youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or otherwise gender non-conforming have very frequently experienced trauma. It comes in the form of bullying, family rejection, violence and abuse perpetrated on LGBTQ+ people.
Whether you are a behavioral health agency, a counselor, an educator or other ally, one of the ways you can help is by developing an LGBTQ-focused trauma informed care approach. Adopting a trauma-informed approach agencywide or schoolwide reflects a commitment to change culture and practice in order to ensure that all youth get the support they need to thrive in the face of adversity.
There are six core domains to providing Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ+ youth:
(1) build your trauma-informed knowledge and skills;
(2) establish LGBTQ+ safe and supportive relationships and environments for youth;
(3) provide evidence-based, trauma-informed assessment and treatment services;
(4) involve youth and families in developing your program, services, and/or policies; and
(5) promote trauma-informed procedures and policies; and (6) collaborate across sectors
Learn more: LGBTQ+ Youth Voices of Trauma