Depending on your setting, we can customize a workshop to meet your needs. Please fill out the request form above and you will be contacted by our staff to discuss your training needs.

Community EducationCommon Workshops:

  • Overview of Youth Outlook Services
  • LGBTQ+ 101
  • Supporting the Coming Out Process
  • Creating Safe and Affirming Classrooms for LGBTQ+ Youth and Schools
  • Individual consultation on policies and practices

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, faith communities, 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.

The West Suburban Community Network: Professionals Serving LGBTQ+ Youth meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-2pm CST via Zoom. If you would like the Zoom information or to be added to the Community Network Listserv for updates via email please contact Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW at

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

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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

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Friday, April 15th from 8:00-3:15pm: Future Outlook Conference: Providing Affirming & Inclusive Space for LGBTQ+ Youth (In person conference at NIU DeKalb)

Friday, May 5th from 9:00-12:00pm: Providing Affirming Clinical Care to LGBTQ+ Youth and Families (In person presentation at the DuPage County Health Department, presenters: Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW and Margot Smith, LMFT from Oak + Elm Collective Therapy)

Wednesday, May 10th from 12:00-1:00pm: Legal Name and Gender Marker Changes: What Clinicians Need to Know (Virtual presentation hosted by NASW-IL, presenter: Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW)

Friday, June 16th from 9:00-12:15pm: Trauma Informed Practices with LGBTQ+ Individuals (In person presentation at Linden Oaks Naperville, presenters: Nancy Mullen, MSW and Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW)