Forum on developing LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice in youth mental health

Rainbow Network and HEY partners present this interactive full day forum in which they share research, practice wisdom and lived experience to develop capacity to create safe, welcoming and relevant opportunities for LGBTIQ+ young people to explore their identities, experiences and wellbeing.


DATE AND TIME: Thu, December 6, 2018 @ 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM AEDT

LOCATION: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 3 / 360 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


The first half of the day will be a series of keynotes, presentations and workshops followed by, Rainbow Networks community of practice group where they will explore their own practice successes and challenges with a focus on the theme of the day- the mental health and wellbeing of the young people we work with.

Who should attend: youth workers, school counsellors, LGBTIQ+ specific service providers for young people, youth mental health workers, and any service providers working with and supporting children and young people and their families.

Presenters include;

  • Chris Pepping is a Clinical psychologist and researcher at La Trobe University with a focus on LGBTIQ mental health and intervention.
  • Julia Taylor led the Who I Am study, one of the largest ever studies on the mental health of people who are attracted to more than one gender, which aims to shed light on the little understood reasons behind the high prevalence of poor mental health in the bisexual and pansexual population.
  • Josh Muller (he/him) from Mind Equality Centre is a registered psychologist passionate about LGBTQIA+ health and wellbeing. While specialising in gender, sex, and sexuality, he works across the lifespan and a broad range of issues affecting his client’s lives. Josh will lead us through some complex case examples of trans and gender diverse young people 16-25 to discuss blind-spots, possible supports, and how to best aid these young people in surviving and thriving through transition into adulthood and their best gender.
  • Tracy Whitmore is an experienced social worker and strong advocate for the importance of family support in the wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people. Through her work Tracy has developed a comprehensive understanding of the experiences of LGBTIQA+ young people and their families and supported young people and their parents to build or rebuild their connections with each other. Tracy will guide us through a workshop about working with young people and their families.
  • Youth panel- young people will generously share about their experiences of mental health, the services and supports and what good practice looks like to them.

Lunch provided.

Visit HERE for more info or to book your place.

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