Safe and Supported Youth


Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM EST
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Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste A
Hamilton, OH 45011

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Your Trainers:

Key Beck – Key is the LGBTQ Training Specialist at Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. They hold a BA in French Language and Literature as well as an MA in Anthropology. Prior to their work at LYFS, Key worked in sexual assault/domestic violence prevention. They have provided trainings related to LGBTQ and other diversity topics for over 12 years. 

Michelle Polek – Michelle is the LGBTQ Training Coordinator at Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. She holds a BA from University of Massachusetts Amherst and focused her degree on gender and sexuality studies. Prior to her role at LYFS, Michelle worked for several years in violence prevention programming and also provided trainings related to oppression and intimate partner violence.

Traci Bayless – Traci is the Host Homes Case Manager at Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. She holds a BA in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and a Masters of Education from University of Cincinnati. She also serves as the current chair of GLSEN Greater Cincinnati.


Lauren Perry
FCFC Training Coordinator
Butler County Family & Children First Council
(513) 785-6770 (office)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people often sustain much more abuse and adversity than other youth. They face being bullied at school, outcast from faith communities, rejected from their families, and encounter hostility from youth-serving systems. This systematic abuse can contribute to LGBTQ youth having significantly higher rates of depression, suicide, substance abuse and homelessness, to name just a few harmful outcomes. 

Lighthouse’s cultural competency training helps improve understanding of the unique needs, challenges, and experiences of LGBTQ youth. This training helps to promote safe, competent, and supportive care and welcoming environments for LGBTQ young people.


  • Explore personal values regarding LGBTQ youth and learn the importance of balancing personal beliefs with professional responsibilities.
  • Identify issues of risk, challenges, and strengths that are specific to LGBTQ youth, their families, other caregivers and service delivery systems.
  • Increase competence in discussing sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Practice identifying affirmative interventions and locating community resources for LGBTQ youth, their families, other caregivers and service providers. 
  • Develop an action plan that will develop or enhance professional and agency cultural competency.

Cost: Free!

* Coffee and water provided, lunch is on your own.

CEUs: 5.5 CEUs for Ohio social work and counseling licenses CSWMFTB Approved Provider Number: RCS091902. 

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Home Visitors, Case Managers, Community Members, Educators, Youth- Serving Organizations, Etc. (Training limited to 40 participants)


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