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Setting a New Agenda for the Psychology of LGBTQ Youth and Emerging Adults

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 — an APA Pre-Convention Workshop

Co-sponsored by SPSSI
in partnership with APA Divisions 7, 27, 37, 43, and 44

"Things are better for LGBTQ youth and young adults today, right?”

While things have changed, there are persistent challenges:

77% of LGBTQ youth report feeling down or depressed, but only 41% receive any counseling.
80% of LGBTQ youth of color have personally experienced racism.
Only 27% of LGBTQ youth can “definitely” be themselves in school as an LGBTQ person.
Only 19 states and the District of Columbia have enacted anti-bullying laws to protect LGBTQ students.  (all items reported in the HRC 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report)

How will psychologists respond?

Registration opens on April 15, 2019

Registration fees. Registration fees will be $30 for students and community members, and $70 for professionals and faculty. 

Apply for a graduate student scholarship. Student members of each participating APA Division (including SPSSI) can apply for a scholarship to cover the registration fee for the Pre-Convention Workshop. Students fill out an application by March 15, 2019.  Students will be asked to designate the Division(s) they are affiliated with; each Division will have 5 scholarship registrations to award. Participating Divisions will make decisions on scholarship awards by April 15, 2019.

About the Workshop. Six divisions of APA (7, 9, 27, 37, 43, 44) are coming together on August 7, 2019 to create a Statement of Priorities and an Agenda for Psychology of LGBTQ Youth and Emerging Adults. The Preconvention Workshop will be held at the campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (325 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654). We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in hosting this pre-convention workshop.  We also acknowledge the significant support of the Committee on Division/APA Relations for this project.

Learn more about the Workshop by visiting Questions? Please contact SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll

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