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Creating Safe Space for Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Youth

Total Credits: 2 including 2 American Psychological Association, 2 California Board of Registered Nurses, 2 State Bar of California, 2 California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

Child Trauma - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) |  Historical Trauma, Systemic Trauma, and Marginalized Populations |  *Area of Emphasis: Child Abuse
Kimberly Allen, LSW
Course Levels:
Appropriate for All Levels
2 Hours
Audio and Video


Youth who are Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) such as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual youth are more likely to experience trauma than cisgender, heterosexual youth because of the societal, institutional, and personal discrimination, harassment, and violence they face. Traumatized SGM youth may not feel comfortable opening up to service providers due to the stigma of being a SGM and the messages that the service provider conveys. This training aims to provide information to social service and education providers on how to form relationships with youth in safe and protective ways so that SGM youth feel secure enough to express their true selves and heal from the trauma.


  • Describe the challenges Sexual Gendered Minority Youth face in day-to-day life.
  • Develope understanding of creating safe spaces for Sexual Gendered Minority Youth

Orginally recorded as a part of IVAT's Speaker Bureau's Training.


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Practice Development Specialist

Hawaii Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division

Kimberly Allen, LSW (Kim, she/her) has worked for the Hawaii Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) for 12 years, and currently holds a position as a Practice Development Specialist. As chair of the CAMHD Safe Spaces Committee, Kim advocates for legislation, which resulted in the passage of Hawaii Law §577-29, HRS, lowering the age of consent for outpatient mental health services to 14. Kim writes policies and procedures and contract standards to follow best practice guidelines of providing mental health services to SGM youth. She also facilitates training on improving the system of care for SGM youth.