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Enabling Healthcare Teams to support Families of LGBTQ+ Individuals – Two Part Workshop Module 1
July 9, 2021 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm MDT
Oscar Marquez, MEd & Andrew Philip, PhD
Caring begins at home, and healthcare workers are uniquely positioned to help patients and their families create more welcoming, healthy spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) loved ones. LGBTQ+ individuals face greater barriers to healthy, thriving lives- from increased risk of intimate partner violence to rejection, homelessness and substance use. It doesn’t have to be this way. Families and loved ones can be instrumental sources of support for LGBTQ+ patients but may struggle in developing an understanding about LGBTQ+ experiences and learning how to best support LGBTQ+ individuals.
This training aims to increase participants’ practical knowledge of working with family members of LGBTQ+ individuals and equipping them as supports and allies. The training will focus on providing practical tools and resources for healthcare staff to promote family and social support for LGBTQ+ patients.
- Explain the importance of family support in LGBTQ+ patient health outcomes
- Distinguish family behaviors that reduce LGBTQ+ children’s risk for health and mental health problems
- Identify strategies to promote enhanced relationships among LGTBQ+ patients and their families