September 19, 2017
11:30 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Providing Inclusive and Comprehensive Care to LGBTQ Youth Substance Users
About the Session:
Pieces to Pathways (P2P) is a peer-led initiative creating Canada’s first substance use support program for LGBTQ youth ages 16 to 29 years old in Toronto. P2P conducted a needs assessment surveying 640 LGBTQ youth substance users. This peer-led study used mixed method community-based research to gather qualitative and quantitative data. The study revealed that LGBTQ youth in Toronto have past year substance use prevalence rates that range from 1.19 to 57.2 times higher than those in the general Canadian population. LGBTQ youth substance users face unique barriers when trying to access support resulting in this population having a variety of unmet mental, emotional, and physical health needs. This workshop will provide an overview of the particular issues, barriers to care, unmet needs, and lived experiences of LGBTQ youth substance users. Participants will learn how to best support and engage with LGBTQ youth substance users.
Geoff Wilson is a mixed race gender queer artist, grassroots community organizer, and writer. They identify as a sober addict in recovery. In their activism and writing, they wish to politicize their experiences with substance use and sobriety while unraveling the limited representation of the addicted body. Geoff uses “they / them” pronouns and if you don’t know what that means, they suggest “googling” it.
Tim McConnell is a trans-masculine person with lived experience of mental health, substance misuse and trauma. They have previously worked as a peer support worker and substance abuse counsellor at a youth residential addiction treatment facility in New Brunswick, and as a community outreach worker and workshop facilitator with several agencies in Toronto.
Trans Canada: Building Transgender Community Connections
About the Session:
Professionals across disciplines are becoming increasingly aware of the need to provide appropriate services for transgender people, but our literature and systems may not be setting us up for success. In this presentation, the principal investigator of The Trans Community Says Project will discuss key learnings about collaboration with transgender communities highlighted from the Project. The audience will join in a discussion of how to optimize the use and accessibility of trans cultural knowledge.
Mateo Huezo is a Master of Counselling thesis student at Athabasca University who has been working in queer and trans communities for over a decade. He has received several awards for the Trans Community Says project, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Canada Graduate Scholarship.