We are pleased to announce that acclaimed children’s author, Christian McKay Heidicker, will join Weilenmann…
November 7, 2019 – 6:30 – 8:00pm
Join us for an evening with Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project, the leading authority on LGBT youth and families, who has developed the first evidence-based family support model that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBT children. Dr Ryan’s research has shown how family acceptance and support reduce risk for suicide, depression and substance use and promote self-esteem, overall health, and positive development. She will talk about how families and schools can increase support for LGBT students to build healthy futures and welcoming communities. Participants will receive Best Practice resources for increasing family support for LGBT children and youth.
The presentation will last for approximately one hour followed by an open Q&A.
The event is free and open to the public
Parking is limited at the school. We have arranged for a shuttle bus to do two runs from the Park & Ride lot located near Ecker Hill Middle School. The shuttle will pick up riders at 6:00 pm and again at 6:15 pm. The shuttle will make two return runs to the Park & Ride at the end of the event.
Our indoor auditorium is built in the style of an outdoor amphitheater with rows of concrete seating. Please feel free to bring a blanket, pillow, stadium seat, etc. for managing your own comfort.
Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBT children and youth, including suicide, substance abuse, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. FAP conducted the first comprehensive research on LGBT youth and families and developed the first evidence-based family support model that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBT children to reduce risk and increase well-being. This work is changing how families nurture their LGBT children and how services are provided across systems of care.
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW – Founder & Director, Family Acceptance Project
Caitlin Ryan is a clinical social worker who has worked on LGBT health and mental health for more than 40 years. Dr. Ryan received her clinical training with children and adolescents at Smith College School for Social Work and has established the field of family intervention and support for LGBT children and youth. She has provided LGBT education and family support in Utah since the late 1980s. Dr. Ryan’s work has been recognized with more than 50 awards from national professional groups in the fields of counseling, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, psychology and social work, and from civic, LGBT, advocacy, arts and faith-based groups, including Affirmation, the international organization for LGBT Mormons.