However, for kids who identify or are perceived as LGBTQ, the struggles can be magnified, and their day-to-day lives are often filled with rejection, bullying or physical violence incited by negative reactions to their sexual or gender identity. Responding to the unique experiences of trauma in LGBTQ youth requires special skills, and specialized training is critical for helping trauma therapists to become culturally competent in addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ youth.
Training & Advocacy
We recognize that even workers who are open minded and non-biased may lack experience with LGBTQ and HIV+ people, and are unlikely to receive training to assist them in the course of their standard education. PERSAD programs fill the gap in this lack of exposure and experience.