Building Resilience and Supporting Families with LGBTQ+ Family Members - Shawn Giammatei

Building Resilience and Supporting Families with LGBTQ+ Family Members - Shawn Giammatei

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Recorded on Thursday April 16 2020

Speaker: Shawn Giammatei, Ph D.

Description of Webinar:

This Webinar explores the resilience building strategies that couple and family therapist can use to support families with LGBTQ+ family members when navigating an often unwelcoming world.  We will explore some common experiences and varied reactions of parents, siblings, and grandparents raising a queer child as well as some of the issues that come up in mixed orientation partnerships.  Families can, and do overcome obstacles that result from negative societal attitudes about sexual and gender minorities, and our ability as family therapists to support strategies that build resilience can be a key to these families becoming stronger and more connected through the process.

In this webinar participants will learn to:

  • Describe the common experiences and reactions of families with an LGBTQ+ member
  • List the key components of resiliency in families with an LGBTQ+ member
  • Describe interventions that help build resilience in families with an LGBTQ+ member

About Shawn Giammatei:

Dr. Shawn V. Giammattei is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Northern CA specializing in family therapy with couples, families, and individuals across the lifespan, with a particular focus on transgender and gender expansive youth and their families. He is an affiliated researcher and past Coordinator of Training for the Rockway Institute: A national center for LGBT psychology research, education, and public policy, and a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University where he teaches graduate courses in LGBT psychology, transgender mental health, distance learning, and family systems. He is a research consultant to Kaiser Permanente, Northern California and Emory University regarding their NIH and PCORI funded studies looking at health outcomes of transgender patients, and the author of several articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality, and family work. Dr. Giammattei is also a WPATH Certified Gender Specialist and Mentor, the past president of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California, past vice-president and board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a member of Mind the Gap, an organization affiliated with the University of California, Beniof, Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic focused on the needs of transgender youth and their families.

Please Note CE credits are not available for past webinar recordings.