Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child

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Date Jul 29, 2014
Time 10:00 AM EDT
Cost $49.00
Do you feel unqualified to help LGBT youths and their families?  This webinar has tools to assist any clinician in promoting adjustment and acceptance.

Full Description:
The discovery that a child is gay or lesbian can send shockwaves throughout a family as long-held views about sexuality and relationships are upended, resulting in anger, resentment, and concern for safety and acceptance. However, in some families, learning that a child is gay can improve familial relationships, even if a parent initially reacts negatively.  

In describing the findings and practice implications of a qualitative, multicultural study of 65 gay and lesbian children and their parents, Professor LaSala illustrates how reciprocal family interactions play a role in parental adjustment, and demonstrates how effective interventions can aid adjustment and strengthen these families. 

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
List the special challenges that coming out LGBT youths face 
Recall the five stages of family adjustment 
Describe what parents and their children do that helps or hinders family adjustment for each stage 
Assess how the challenges of youths and families from various ethnic/racial groups are similar and different 
Intervene in ways that help families become closer and stronger as a result of the child’s coming out 

Your Presenter:
Michael LaSala, PhD, LCSW, is an internationally recognized expert on gay and lesbian couple and family issues and has presented workshops, keynotes, and plenary presentations nationally and abroad. A seasoned psychotherapist, teacher/trainer, and researcher, Professor LaSala’s current work examines gay and lesbian family relationships and parental influences on youths’ safe sex behaviors. His book, Coming Out, Coming Home (Columbia University Press) describes the practice implications of a study of 65 gay and lesbian youths and their families. Other examples of his work can be found in over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and also at Psychology Today ( For further information, visit

This event qualifies for one CE credit. Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Counselors, School Counselors (including Student Assistance Counselors), Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Educators, Parents


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