School Staff Professional Development

Workshop for School Counselors, Nurses, Social Workers, and Psychologists

The centerpiece of the Healthy LGB Students Project is a full-day research-based workshop for school counselors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists on “Preventing Health Risks and Promoting Healthy Outcomes among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Youth.” The workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Gain knowledge of current research and data on the unique health risks and developmental needs of LGBQ youth

  • Understand the school’s role in addressing safety and health issues of LGBQ youth

  • Identify action steps to improve the school climate for LGBQ youth

  • Practice counseling youth about sexual orientation and HIVSTD/pregnancy prevention

  • Increase personal self-efficacy to provide services related to meeting the health and mental health needs of LGBQ youth

A 2004 article in Monitor on Psychology, Lowering Risk, Building Resilience, described how the workshop was conceived and developed in collaboration with the following professional associations:

Each workshop is offered in partnership with a professional membership association or a state or local education agency on a cost-sharing basis. In most cases, participants can earn continuing education credits for attending.


The resources found in the Toolbox section of workshop’s participants manual are now online.

APA is currently in the process of updating the workshop and expanding the choice of training formats. Check back for further information.

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