Community Education and Professional Development

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When we talk to school faculty and administrators, or health professionals, or social service workers, they often tell us that they don’t know much about LGBTQ+ youth—what particular risks they face, or what resources are available for them in the community.  They want to help, but they’re sometimes not sure how.

Youth Outlook has provided educational workshops to healthcare, mental health, and educational professionals since our founding, exploring the developmental needs of LGBTQ+ youth, how to best support them and make positive changes in schools and/or agencies.  The goal of this work is to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere in area schools and community organizations.
If you would like to schedule a Youth Outlook presentation 
virtually for  your school, agency, or business, please fill in this inquiry form.  We are happy to customize a workshop to meet your needs.

Organizations are also welcome to join the Facebook group Community Networks for Professionals Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth, co-founded by Youth Outlook.  The group consists of dozens of agencies including hospitals, churches, school districts, PFLAG groups, and social service agencies.  This is the only group for professionals concerned with LGBTQ+ youth issues in our region of the state.  If you would like to be added to the Listserv for updates via email please contact Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW at carolyn.wahlskog@youth-outlook.org

If you have a specific concern facing an LGBTQ+ youth in your life, please explore the resource links on this website.

Outreach

Hosting an event or fair that you’d like Youth Outlook to have a resource table at? Please fill out our outreach request form
 
To download our current Drop-In Center flyers to post in your location, please click here. If you would like brochures mailed to you, please email carolyn.wahlskog@youth-outlook.org
 

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

 
Wednesday, June 8th from 8:00-11:00am CST (Zoom)
Affirming Social Work Practice with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families. Presented by Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW
3 CEUs available.
 
Thursday, June 9th from 9:00-12:00pm CST (In Person)
A Roadmap to Truly Inclusive Schools for LGBTQ+ Students, Part One. Presented by Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW
3 CEUs available.
 
Friday, June 10th from 9:00-12:15pm CST (Webinar)
New LGBTQ Trends and Services. Presented by Nancy Mullen, MSW, Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW 
3 CEUs available. 
 
Friday, June 24th from 9:00-12:00pm CST (Zoom)
Affirming Social Work Practice with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families. Presented by Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW
3 CEUs available.
 
Tuesday, June 28th from 8:30-12:30pm CST (In Person)
Administration and District Leadership Responsibilities in Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools. Presented by Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW
4 CPDUs provided.
 
Tuesday, July 19th from 9:00-12:00pm CST (In Person)
A Roadmap to Truly Inclusive Schools for LGBTQ+ Students, Part Two (Curriculum Development Focused). Presented by Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW
3 CPDUs provided.