Learn about increasing support and acceptance among racially and religiously diverse families to prevent risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ and gender diverse children and youth. The Family Acceptance Project has conducted the first research and developed the first evidence-based family support model to help families decrease rejection and learn to support their LGBTQ children. FAP’s multilingual resources are widely used across the U.S. FAP’s family support model was developed to be used in schools, foster care, homeless services, behavioral health, faith-based services. Join us to learn about the work that developed the field of family acceptance for LGBTQ youth.
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW is a clinical social worker, educator and researcher who has worked on LGBTQ health and mental health for more than 40 years and whose work on LGBTQ health has shaped policy and practice for LGBTQ children and youth. She directs the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University – a research, education, intervention and policy project – to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBTQ children. Dr. Ryan and her team conducted the first research on LGBTQ youth and families, and developed the first evidence-based family support model to intervene with parents, families and caregivers to prevent suicide and other serious health risks and to promote well-being for LGBTQ children and youth. She has served on many scientific and clinical advisory groups, including the Committee on LGBTQ Health for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Her work has been recognized with awards from major national professional groups in the fields of counseling, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, psychology and social work, and by civic, arts, LGBTQ and faith-based groups. She works with organizations, faith communities, families and providers to integrate FAP’s family-based support approach into services and programs to build healthy futures for LGBTQ children, youth and young adults across disciplines and systems of care.For more information: https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/