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Friday, July 25 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Taking a Closer Look: Children and Youth in Varied Systems of Care

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Building on the issues raised in the session above, this workshop will feature an exploration of the challenges of providing comprehensive and coherent care for gender-expansive kids in community-based and child welfare contexts. How does trauma impact care priorities and approaches? What role does cultural humility play in working with gender diversity issues? What are strategies for engaging caregivers in the gender-related care and support of a child? What are the challenges of accessing a full range of services on behalf of a client? Bringing together experienced professionals from multiple disciplines and child welfare contexts, the workshop aims to give attendees practical tools and resources for working with some of our most vulnerable young people.


Bernadette Ebony Brown

Bernadette Ebony Brown is a senior program specialist at National Center on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and the project manager for Improving Permanency for LGBT Youth. This project seeks to strengthen the connection between out-of-home LGBT youth and their families, so that these... Read More →
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Amber Merziotis

LGBTQ Family Advocate, Family Builders
Amber Mertziotis joyfully joined Family Builders in April 2013 as the LGBTQ Family Advocate for the Youth Acceptance Collaborative. Amber studied Counseling Psychology with a specialization in somatic psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Amber is passionate about using a holistic... Read More →

Kellen R. Grayson, LMFT, PsyD

Kellen R. Grayson LMFT, PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology and also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Grayson is currently a clinician at WestCoast Children’s Clinic working with youth placed in foster care or residential settings. He also has a private practice in Old Oakland... Read More →

Captain Young

Captain Young is the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Our Space, a queer/trans youth center in the East Bay.  Our Space a Bay Area youth center which holds the experiences, strengths and needs of youth impacted by institutions at its core, and recognizes these youth as fierce love change... Read More →

Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm PDT
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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