Working with LGBTQ Youth and Their Families
This workshop will provide an overview of treatment considerations when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The presenter will review common factors related to increased risk for development of mental health conditions in LGBTQ youth as well as protective factors that may mitigate these concerns. Further, principles of best practice in mental health care including creating a more affirming and welcoming treatment environment for LGBTQ youth will be reviewed. This will be an interactive and engaging workshop to help participants consider their current practices and how they can increase/improve their ability to serve LGBTQ youth.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. Dr. Mooney’s undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University and her doctorate degree is from the University of Arkansas. She completed her internship in professional psychology with the Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Mooney is the President Elect Designate for the Texas Psychological Association and is also a member of the Houston Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mooney has focused on serving traumatized children and families for 15 years and she has a specialty interest in working with LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences. Dr. Mooney is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas, providing therapy and psychological assessments for children and adolescents. She has presented locally and nationally about trauma, treatments for trauma in children and families, and ways to prevent and treat trauma in LGBTQ youth. Dr. Mooney is a co-founder of Gender Infinity, a non-profit that hosts an annual conference as well as trainings and family gatherings in support of gender diverse individuals. In 2017, Dr. Mooney was named one of OutSmart Magazine’s Leading Ladies because of her work with LGBTQ youth.