AFFIRM Youth: Day III: Putting it all Together

May 12, 2023

This presentation will be an ONLINE VIRTUAL LIVE broadcast on May 12, 2023, from 11:30 AM- 5:00PM ET. While this activity is broadcast live, the evaluation will be online until June 9, 2023. The link to attend the broadcast and download the slides will be emailed to registrants.

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

AFFIRM: Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Populations is an advanced, three-day training on the science and practice of applying Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with LGBTQ+ populations. Participants will receive information about the context for affirmative and strengths-based models of practice, will learn about broad applications of CBT in general and AFFIRM in particular, and will also have an opportunity to practice AFFIRM. Many clinicians receive little or no training in supporting the needs of LGBTQ+ Youth in graduate school or beyond, and this unique training offers the depth needed to work competently with this population.

Target Audience

This broadcast is by invitation only. No outside groups will be able to attend. This activity is intended for social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1. List the risk and protective factors common to LGBTQ youth

2. Describe the Minority Stress Model

3. Explain an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapeutic environment

4. Describe how AFFIRM Youth integrates trauma informed practices

5. Name sources of support important to LGBTQ+ youth

6. Demonstrate affirmative application of CBT skills

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 5.00 Category I credits for Social Workers
  • 5.00 Participation
Course opens: 
04/11/2023
Course expires: 
06/09/2023
Event starts: 
05/12/2023 - 11:30am EDT
Event ends: 
05/12/2023 - 5:00pm EDT
Fee:
$0.00

SHEPPARD PRATT AFFIRM YOUTH TRAINING

This presentation will be an ONLINE VIRTUAL LIVE broadcast on May 12, 2023, from 11:30 AM- 5:00PM ET. While this activity is broadcast live, the evaluation will be online until June 9, 2023. The link to attend the broadcast and download the slides will be emailed to registrants.

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt

AFFIRM TRAINING DAY ONE: 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM ET

  • Introductions
  • Overview of AFFIRM Concepts and Theories
  • Evidence Base
  • Minority Stress
  • Affirmative Trauma Informed Practice
  • Introduction to the manual
  • Meet and Greet
  • Session 1: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and understanding stress
  • Wrap Up/Q&A
  • Assign Between session activities

AFFIRM TRAINING DAY TWO 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM ET

  • Review Day 1 and between session activities
  • Session 2: Understanding the impact of anti-LGBTQ+ attitudes and behaviours on stress
  • Session 3 Exploring how thoughts impact feelings
  • Session 4 Using thoughts to change feelings
  • Session 5 Linking feelings and activities
  • Wrap Up Q&A
  • Assign Between session activities

AFFIRM TRAINING DAY THREE 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM ET

  • Review day 2 and between session activities
  • Session 6: Overcoming counterproductive thoughts and feelings by setting goals and building hope
  • Session 7: Developing safe, supportive and identity affirming social networks
  • Session 8: Putting it All Together
  • Online and Offline delivery considerations
  • Implementation Considerations
  • Evaluation and Fidelity
  • Affirmative Closure Activity
  • Wrap Up Q&A

 

In the event an announced speaker is unable to present, Sheppard Pratt reserves the right to present an alternative speaker on a comparable subject.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

About the speakers

Shelley L. Craig, Ph.D. joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2009 as an Assistant Professor. She served as an Associate Dean, Academic from 2016-2019. She is currently a full Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Dr. Craig’s program of research focuses on cultivating resilience in marginalized populations through innovative, community-based interventions. Dr. Craig has developed and tested the first evidence-informed interventions for sexual and gender minority youth mental health including Strengths-First (a resilience-focused case management program for youth at risk); ASSET (an empowering group model delivered in schools), AFFIRM (an affirmative cognitive-behavioral group intervention) and “AFFIRMative” Caregiver (an affirmative group intervention for parents and caregivers of SGMY). She has created INQYR, The International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience, which consists of fifty international scholars, four regional research networks and twelve students as part of the International Student Training Network. Dr. Craig has also directed a community research plan in Miami-Dade County and subsequently established a comprehensive system of care for SGMY and their families. In addition to many other research activities, she has conducted extensive research on HIV prevention interventions with juvenile detainees, newcomers and immigrants and sex workers. She is a PI on an international study of LGBTQ students in social work programs. During her extensive practice history, Dr Craig has served as: Founder and Executive Director of the Alliance for LGBTQ Youth, Executive Director of ALSO for Out Youth; Medical social worker in the emergency care center of a community hospital; and Director of a domestic violence shelter as well as many other positions. She has been grateful to be the recipient multiple awards including the Ontario Association of Social Work (OASW) Inspirational Social Work Leader (2015).

Ashley Austin, PhD is currently a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami. FL. Her research and practice interests revolve around reducing disparities in health and treatment for LGBTQ youth and young adults. Her areas of research and professional practice include promoting resilience and well-being among sexual and gender minority youth, transgender affirmative practice, education, and research, and adaptations of empirically supported interventions for marginalized populations. Her recent research and scholarship collaborations focus on addressing notable gaps in the treatment literature through the adaptation of evidence informed cognitive behavioral interventions to meet the unique needs of diverse LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Dr. Austin was the Primary Investigator for various research projects aimed at giving voice to the diverse needs and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as a co-investigator on intervention research studies conducted with LGBTQ+ youth in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Austin has authored multiple publications and presentations aimed at advancing the delivery of transgender affirmative social work education and clinical practice. Finally, by bringing events such as the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Transgender Week of Awareness to the Barry University campus, Dr. Austin is active in providing visible support and advocacy for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Disclosure Statements

Sheppard Pratt holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest. In accord with Sheppard Pratt's Disclosure Policy, as well as standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association (AMA), all planners, reviewers, speakers and persons in control of content have been asked to disclose any relationship he /she (or a partner or spouse) has with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 24 months. All planners, reviewers and speakers have also been asked to disclose any payments accepted for this lecture from any entity besides Sheppard Pratt, and if there will be discussion of any products, services or off-label uses of product(s) during this presentation.

Shelley L. Craig, PhD, reports that she is one of the creators of the Affirm program and acts as a consultant trainer. She will not discuss any products or services consumed by, or used on patients in this presentation. 

Ashley Austin, PhD, reports that she is one of the creators of the Affirm program and acts as a consultant trainer. She will not discuss any products or services consumed by, or used on patients in this presentation. 

Event Planners/Reviewers Disclosures: The following event planners and/or reviewers are reported as having no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 24 months: Larry Epp, Ed.D, Todd Peters, MD, Deepak Prabhakar, MD, Elizabeth Ryznar, MD, MSc, Louis Marino, MD, Ehsan Syed, MD, Devi Bhuyan, PhD, Faith Dickerson, PhD, Carrie Etheridge, LCSW-C, Tom Flis, LCPC, Laura Webb, RN-BC, MSN, Stacey Garnett, MSN, RN, Heather Billings, MSN, RN, Octavia Coit, MN, Lisa Illum, MLIS, MEd,  and Jennifer Tornabene.

This training is available for 15 Contact Hours when attending all three dates.

Social Worker Statement: Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland to offer continuing education for Social Workers.  Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this continuing education activity. This activity is approved for 5.0 contact hours in Category I credits for Social Workers.

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Available Credit

  • 5.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 5.00 Category I credits for Social Workers
  • 5.00 Participation

Price

Fee:
$0.00
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AFFIRM YOUTH TRAINING

This presentation will be an ONLINE VIRTUAL LIVE broadcast on May 12, 2023, from 11:30 AM- 5:00PM ET. While this activity is broadcast live, the evaluation will be online until June 9, 2023. The link to attend the broadcast and download the slides will be emailed to registrants.

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

AFFIRM TRAINING DAY ONE: 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM ET

  • Introductions
  • Overview of AFFIRM Concepts and Theories
  • Evidence Base
  • Minority Stress
  • Affirmative Trauma Informed Practice
  • Introduction to the manual
  • Meet and Greet
  • Session 1: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and understanding stress
  • Wrap Up/Q&A
  • Assign Between session activities

AFFIRM TRAINING DAY TWO 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM ET

  • Review Day 1 and between session activities
  • Session 2: Understanding the impact of anti-LGBTQ+ attitudes and behaviours on stress
  • Session 3 Exploring how thoughts impact feelings
  • Session 4 Using thoughts to change feelings
  • Session 5 Linking feelings and activities
  • Wrap Up Q&A
  • Assign Between session activities

AFFIRM TRAINING DAY THREE 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM ET

  • Review day 2 and between session activities
  • Session 6: Overcoming counterproductive thoughts and feelings by setting goals and building hope
  • Session 7: Developing safe, supportive and identity affirming social networks
  • Session 8: Putting it All Together
  • Online and Offline delivery considerations
  • Implementation Considerations
  • Evaluation and Fidelity
  • Affirmative Closure Activity
  • Wrap Up Q&A

WATCH THE BROADCAST AND PRINT THE HANDOUT

An email with the link to view the broadcast and handout attachments will be sent to registrants on May 3, 2023.

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