#20220621.1 WEBINAR: Considerations for Caring for LGBTQ+ Foster Youth
(June 2022) Data suggests that LGBTQ+ youth experience alarming rates of bullying, victimization, and ostracization. Stated differently, LGBTQ+ youth face unique and hostile stressors. As a result, their needs may differ in some ways from their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Knowing that this is the case and honoring that LGBTQ+ youth may need additional support is the first step in creating a safe home environment. Sometimes despite our best efforts, feelings of inadequacy can creep in. Am I good enough? Do I know enough? What if I mess up? What if they have problems I don’t know how to address? It is normal to question our ability when entering into something new. We must acknowledge those feelings and place them in proper perspective. Join the internationally sought-after LGBTQ+ sensitivity and transgender inclusion subject matter expert Dr. A.C. Fowlkes for a candid discussion of feelings of inadequacy and steps we can take to overcome them to provide LGBTQ+ youth the loving and nurturing homes that they need.
Dr. A.C. Fowlkes is the Chief Executive Officer of Fowlkes Consulting which is an LGBTQ+ sensitivity and transgender inclusion consulting firm. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the field of Diversity and Inclusion for over 10 years. He is an LGBTQ+ Subject Matter Expert and Thought Leader. His passion for LGBTQ+ sensitivity and inclusion is palpable and has resulted in him becoming a highly sought after speaker and consultant. He has provided training and consultation in multiple settings which include but are not limited to: the financial sector, the aerospace sector, the prison system, institutions of higher education and psychiatric hospitals. As a transgender man himself, Dr. Fowlkes has a profound appreciation for the impact (both blatant and subtle) of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Fowlkes is a Forbes Contributor, where he writes about LGBTQ+ sensitivity, transgender inclusion and ally ship. He is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Trevor Project. Dr. Fowlkes has a Ph.D. in health psychology with a clinical specialization. His clinical training has afforded him an opportunity to work at various levels in the mental health field, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer or Interim Chief Executive Officer for multiple behavioral health facilities. He has also provided clinical services in the prison system, having previously served as the Chief Psychologist of the second largest prison in Virginia. Dr. Fowlkes is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. He has worked with some of the highest risk sex offenders in the country. He has operated in positions of clinical and executive leadership for the past ten years and has developed a reputation for improving clinical product and patient satisfaction which in turn leads to improvement in key performance indicators. He is a proponent of transformational leadership and prides himself on his ability to grow leaders.
(1 hour, 24 minutes)