Coming Out: Working with Lesbian and Gay Youth and Their Families

Michael LaSala, PhD, LCSW

When children realize they are gay or lesbian, they approach an important milestone. They also face a difficult dilemma in deciding whether, when, and how to come out. This workshop will offer clinicians information and skills for working successfully with gay and lesbian youth and their families, as they decide whether or not to come out and go through the coming out process. Dr. Michael LaSala, a Rutgers social work professor, psychotherapist, researcher and author of the book, Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child (Columbia University Press) will draw upon his extensive clinical and research experiences to describe the special challenges these youth face and how best to assist them and their families  The unique needs of African American, Latino and transgender youth and their families will be addressed along with the challenges inherent in working with families from less tolerant religious traditions.


  • Understand the special challenges facing coming out LGBT youth.
  • Learn how to clinically assist youth as they consider coming out.
  • Learn the five stages of family adjustment, including what parents and their children do to help or hinder family adjustment at each stage.
  • Recognize the similarites and differences of the challenges facing youth and families from various ethic/racial groups.
  • Learn intervention techniques to help families become closer and stronger as a result of a child’s coming out.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Date: Friday, June 21, 2013                     Time: 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:00 – 9:30a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a moderate/advanced level training.

CEUs: Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5 CEUs in Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

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If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until May 31, 2013. After April 12th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on May 31st.

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