Serving LGBTQIA+ Children and Families in the MDT Process

Serving LGBTQIA+ Children and Families in the MDT Process

This training discusses affirmative practices for child abuse MDT professionals supporting and serving LGBTQIA+ children and families.

About this Training

Topics Include:

  • Increasing understanding of LGBTQIA+ culture, including the issues that affect the LGBTQIA+ community and how these dynamics impact their experiences with system providers.
  • Tools for professionals to examine current practices and create more affirmative interactions and environments for LGBTQIA+ children and families.
  • Examining the role of multiple identities and polyvictimization in work with LGBTQIA+ children and families.

Intended Audience:

This cultural impact training opportunity is beneficial for any member of a multidisciplinary team and Children’s Advocacy Centers.


Kaelie Lund

Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
Zero Abuse Project

Kaelie Lund (they/them) is a Victim Assistance Specialist with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of Zero Abuse Project, where they assist families of missing persons and train students, parents, and non-profit professionals. Kaelie graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in sociology and anthropology, women’s and gender studies, and family studies. Kaelie is also a state-certified sexual assault/domestic violence advocate with over 100 hours of trauma-informed training.

Kaelie most recently worked at Carleton College as an Assistant Dean of Admissions where they worked closely with Carleton’s Gender & Sexuality Center and coordinated Carleton’s Green Dot Bystander Intervention program to train hundreds of student leaders on how to be an active bystander. Kaelie is passionate about working with young people, educating others on LGBTQIA+ best practices, and is thrilled to be working at a non-profit so close to their heart.

Rachel Johnson

Forensic Interview Specialist
Zero Abuse Project

Rachel Johnson - HeadshotRachel Johnson (she/her/they/them) has over a decade of experience in work related to child abuse, forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary teams, victimization, advocacy, prevention education, and family violence, both domestically and abroad. She currently works as a Forensic Interview Specialist with Zero Abuse Project where she provides training and technical assistance to child abuse professionals, and designs and develops curriculum.

Rachel most recently served as the Program Director for the Minnesota Children’s Alliance. Prior to her work at the Alliance, Rachel served as a forensic interviewer and the Forensic Program Coordinator at First Witness Child Advocacy Center. She is trained in multiple forensic interview protocols. Rachel received Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Service, sociology and Spanish at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rachel is passionate about working directly with children and families, supporting front-line professionals and improving the institutional response to victimization by centering the experiences of victims at all levels of consideration and decision- making.


Minnesota Children’s Alliance