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The course provides specific approaches to forming a healthy accepting professional relationship with LGBTQ youth and their families.The authors/publishers describe the purpose well: "Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth, is [published] to provide mental health and addiction professionals with accurate information about effective and ineffective therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identity.Specifically, this report addresses the issue of CONVERSION THERAPY for minors. The conclusions in this report are based on professional consensus statements arrived at by experts in the field.Conversion Therapy - the effort to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression - is a practice that is not supported by credible evidence and has been disavowed by behavioral health experts and associations. Conversion therapy perpetuates outdated views of gender roles and identities as well as the negative stereotype that being a sexual or gender minority or identifying as LGBTQ is an abnormal aspect of human development.
The course also awards 4.5 California BBS Hours and 4.5 NBCC Hours.
Sexual orientation change in children and adolescents should not be a goal of mental health and behavioral interventions".
The authors are clear that the inherent gender orientation, gender identity, and gender expression of each individual child CANNOT be changed through behavioral health interventions or social pressure - a conclusion that is now supported by virtually all professional behavioral health and medical associations as well as the DSM and the ICD.
This Federal publication presents and supports GENDER as a fluid developmental construct which is experienced individually by children and adolescents from age 2 through puberty.
The AFFIRMATIVE CARE process is presented as a parent-child-professional team effort which allows children and adolescents who identify as TRANSGENDER to explore their identity and cross sex transition at their own pace, in whatever form it may take.
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Furthermore, it’s a common assumption that if an assessment (any assessment), treatment plan (any treatment plan), and any reasonable diagnosis are “in the chart” that all is well. In fact, structured, detailed assessments are essential to protect ourselves legally and professionally -- from an ETHICS perspective, a PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE perspective, and a PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY perspective.