Not Alone – Techniques to Support Trans Youth

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Course Description

This 1-hour Professional Development (PD) program has been specifically tailored for K-12 teachers and administrators. Its primary goal is to equip educators with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively address the pressing issue of suicide among transgender and gender-diverse youth within the school environment. This program places emphasis on comprehending the unique risk factors, identifying warning signs, and implementing evidence-based strategies, all aimed at providing participants with the tools necessary to enhance the safety and well-being of trans youth. Furthermore, it underscores the importance of adopting affirming and inclusive approaches while highlighting the positive outcomes of interprofessional collaboration among healthcare providers, educators, counselors, parents, and other school professionals in the context of suicide prevention within this specific demographic.

Intended Audience

  • K-12 teachers and administrators

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why trans youth are at increased risk for suicide
  • List behaviors and indicators of suicidal ideation among trans youth
  • Describe the role of schools in suicide prevention with trans youth
  • Describe the impact of interprofessional collaboration and communication on suicide prevention with trans youth
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Brian Masciadrelli, PhD, LICSW (MA), LMSW (NY)
    Adjunct Instructor in Music Therapy - SUNY Fredonia, President - Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua
  • Megan Arbour, PhD, RN, CNM, CNE
    Associate Professor, Frontier Nursing University
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Clips
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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