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LGBTQ Teens: Help Clients Explore Their Identity, Build Resilience, & Manage Difficult Emotions

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Aaron Testard, LMFT, LPCC
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Aug 05, 2021
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While many young people have been deeply affected by the COVID pandemic, LGBTQ youth have had particular challenges in this time.  A population already prone to anxiety and depression, many within it have now experienced an increase in causal stressors including: marginalization, isolation, and hostility from others.  Their disconnection from supportive resources during quarantine, as well as an anti-LGBTQ social and political backlash that occurred in the last year, are known contributors.  This program will help you understand the factors that have decreased safety and increased trauma for their LGBTQ clients, and also how to assess for these factors.  You'll subsequently learn how to develop and integrate treatment strategies that will help your queer young clients return to safely exploring their identity, building resilience, and managing painful emotions related to being a sexual and gender minority in today’s post-COVID world.



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Aaron Testard, LMFT, LPCC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, IL and the San Francisco Bay Area in California with over 20 years of experience. For 7 years, he served as director of clinical programs at the Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBTQ counseling and support center where he designed an implemented psychotherapy serves for individuals, couples, and families, 24 adult peer support groups, and an after-school youth program. He also has trained and supervised numerous interns over the years and has been an LGBTQ community mental health consultant for local clinics and organizations. Aaron has spent the majority of his career as an LGBTQ specialist. Including time as an addiction counselor, a high school counselor, and a consultant for a felon re-entry program. In his current practice, he focuses on sexual and gender identity. He works with adults, adolescents, and couples and consults with clinicians throughout the United States.

Aaron received his MA in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a trained drama therapist, sensorimotor therapist, and practitioner of the Gottman couple’s method, EMDR, and DBT-informed client work.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Aaron Testard maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Aaron Testard is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Gaylesta, the Bay Area Open Minds; Kink and Poly Aware Therapists Association, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling, and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.



  1. Assess for trauma in LGBTQ youth clients.
  2. Determine phase of identity development.
  3. Develop a treatment plan and resourcing strategies based on trauma and phase of identity development assessment.


(Re)Establishing Safety 
  • The do’s and dont’s of welcoming back LGBTQ youth clients 
  • (Re)Building Allyship 
Understanding LGBTQ-related Trauma in the Context of COVID 
  • Covert Cultural Sexual Abuse 
  • Minority Stress 
Resourcing Strategies Targeting Key Phases of LGBTQ Identity Development  
  • Phase 3: Tolerance and Exploration 
    • Help the client safely return to exploring their identity 
  • Phase 4: Acceptance and Deepening 
    • Build support and resilience in queer visibility 
  • Phase 5: Pride and Commitment 
    • Manage feelings of grief and anger related to oppression 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel


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