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How to Create an Open and Affirming System of Care for LGBTQI Youth
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March Webinar

How to Create an Open and Affirming System of Care for LGBTQI Youth


According to the Center for the Study of Social Policy, 22.8% of children in out-of-home care identify as LGBQ and 30% of LGBQ youth in foster care reported physical violence by family members after disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity. With such a significant over-representation of LGBQ youth in care, it is imperative for child welfare systems to equip themselves with policy, practice, and educational opportunities to support this marginalized population.
FFTA members will receive an invitation to register for this webinar.

Learning Objectives - This webinar is designed for executive level professionals seeking:
1) a greater understanding of the disparities which exist for LGBTQI youth within the child welfare system
2) information on how they can create better outcomes for LGBTQI youth within the system
3) what steps need to be taken in order to create an open and affirming corporate culture.

Pam Sheffer is the Founder & Director of Just Us at Oasis Center. www.justusoasis.org . After a lucrative 23-year career in sales, Pam made a momentous decision to leave the corporate world and instead dedicate her life to creating system level changes for LGBTQI youth. She made it her new mission to ensure that LGBTQI young people could grow, thrive, and create positive change in their lives and communities. Pam spent a year working fulltime (without pay) for the Oasis Center, conducting the necessary research and development to create a program designed specifically for LGBTQI youth. She built the infrastructure for the “Just Us” program in 2010-11 and collaborated with LGBTQI youth to develop the programming that is currently delivered. After securing the necessary funding to sustain the program, Pam launched Just Us in 2011 in partnership with Oasis.

As of August 2018, Pam has trained over 4,000 professionals who serve youth within the scope of their daily work, including but not limited to Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN Department of Children’s Services, Child Protective Services, Metro Nashville Police Department, and the Juvenile Court of Davidson County.

This live webinar has been approved for 1.25 Continuing Education hours. Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), ACE Approval # 1659, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. FFTA maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/12/2018 - 4/12/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hours.
Every attendee who attends the entire webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. In order to receive a certificate for ACE credit hours - you must attend the entire webinar and also complete an evaluation once the webinar is finished
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