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MACMH A Personal & Professional Perspective on Transitions: Supporting Queer and Trans Youth

Training Overview

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is presenting a training opportunity with Iggy Gehlen, Marketing, Communications & Development Manager at Annex Teen Clinic.

Minnesota is portrayed as a friendly place and a refuge as legislation passed in neighboring states becomes increasingly hostile to queer and trans people. But while legal protections remain strong in Minnesota, workplace practices, soft skills, and social norms still leave a lot to be desired. These gaps in care are even harder to bridge for those with less resources and autonomy, such as young people. This session will provide concrete steps, clear language, and general advice you can use to make your practices, physical space, and policies accessible and welcoming to queer and trans community members.

This training will address working with clients of all ages, primarily with a focus on teens and young adults. This training is for professionals working in education, healthcare, mental health services, social services, and family members.

Learning Objectives

  • To increase understanding of the cultural and societal experiences of queer and trans people in the United States.
  • To allow opportunities to examine current perceptions, standards, and practices for interfacing with and caring for queer and trans youth.
  • To provide tangible actions and skills people can use to increase accessibility and cultural competency of care in organizations and systems.

About Presenter

Iggy Gehlen (he/him) is a queer and trans man with years of experience in the fields of public health, public policy, and nonprofit management. His expertise lies in strategic planning, equity and access, marketing and communications, and data and evaluation. He hopes to support local organizations and communities by promoting equity and access in all that we do and ensuring everyone who engages with us feels safe, informed, and empowered.

Register through MACMH

This webinar is expected to be approved for 1.5 hours of cultural competency content, one hour of ethics content, and 0.2 hours of clinical content.



March 1
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
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