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October 17, 2014
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


The Henry A. Wallace Center,
FDR Presidential Library & Home,
Hyde Park, NY
Tagged: Adelphi Locations, School of Social Work, Hudson Valley Center, Continuing Education

Best Practices with LGBTQI Youth and Families in a Changing Landscape

Event, Continuing Education Course, Human Services

Featuring clinical instruction by the clinical staff and Director of Advocacy from the Hetrick Martin Institute of New York City.

Workshop Notes



8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome
Lyn Paul, Ph.D, LCSW- Adelphi School of Social Work
Laura Eastman-Follis, LCSW- NASW-NYS Hudson Valley Division Director
Rob Conlon- Co-Chair GLSEN – Hudson Valley
9:15-9:45 a.m. Opening Plenary
Trauma – Informed Care and Advocacy Initiatives

Matthew Rofofsky , LCSW-R
Director of Clinical and Counseling Services– HMI
Lillian Rivera, MPH
Advocacy & Capacity Building Director– HMI

9:50-11:05 a.m.

Workshop Session 1 – HMI Clinical Staff
Choose one from Workshops A, B or C (see below)

11:05-11:20 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Workshop Session 2 – HMI Clinical Staff
Choose one from Workshops B, C or D (see below)


12:35-1:00 p.m. Closing 

Workshop Offerings

Workshop A: Human Sexuality Model/ Gender-Identity Training 

Goal: Create a general understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity. 


  1. Identify the differences between Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity and Sexual Behavior
  2. Understand the concept of Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Assigned Sex
  3. Learn how to incorporate these identity constructs into a therapeutic relationship 

Workshop B: Working with Transgender Youth 

Goal: Provide participants with an understanding of gender development for transgender youth and the specific clinical needs of this population. 


  1. Gain understanding on the diversity of gender development in children and adolescents. 
  2. Learn strategies for supporting adolescents as they explore their gender identity and transition through puberty. 
  3. Understand the impact and support needed for families with a transgender child. 

Workshop C: Best Practices Working with Youth and Families 

Goal: Provide participants with models that are supportive in building and sustaining healthy family communication. 


  1. Increase knowledge of counseling strategies when working with LGBTQ identified youth. 
  2. Understand how family support can impact the lives of LGBTQ youth. 
  3. Learn strategies for supporting cohesive communication among family systems. 

Workshop D: Clinical Supervision 

Goal: Provide a theoretical and practical understanding of clinical supervision incorporating discussion around theoretical approaches and supervision models. 


  1. Gain theoretical and practical understanding of clinical supervision 
  2. Understand the impact of diversity on the supervisory relationship.
  3. Obtain different viewpoints on self-disclosure, boundary violations, and ethics 
  4. Develop an understanding of the ramifications of transference and countertransference 


For more information, please contact:

Lyn Paul
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Tagged: Adelphi Locations, School of Social Work, Hudson Valley Center, Continuing Education
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