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An Introduction to Social Identity, Bias, and Power Dynamics in Helping Relationships: A Primer for Working with LGBTQIA+ Participants
This session is meant to serve as a primer for working with LGBTQIA+ participants. According to the Trevor Project (2022) 45% of LGBTQIA+ Youth seriously considered suicide and 36% of LGBTQIA+ youth reported being physically threatened because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in 2021. This session will begin with a brief overview of social identity, intersectionality, mental models and bias. From there the presentation will discuss how power dynamics show up in helping relationships, such as those between students/youth and their respective case managers, counselors, educators, etc. and how those power dynamics can impact student/youth engagement and participation in programming, especially students/youth from traditionally marginalized groups. The session will conclude with an overview of common language and definitions associated with LGBTQIA+ identity, including the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and the role of pronouns as it relates to identity.

After attending this webinar attendees will be able to:
1. Better understand how social identity contributes to one’s mental model including bias(es).
2. Better understand intersectionality and the influence of oppression.
3. Better understand the inherent power dynamics in helping relationships and how those can impact.
4. Better understand and use common language associated with LGBTQIA+ identity.

Mar 8, 2023 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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DJ Ralston
Sr. Technical Assistance & Research Analyst @George Washington University
DJ Ralston, M.A., (they/them) is a Senior Technical Assistance (TA) and Research Analyst with the George Washington University (GWU) Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education with close to 20 years of experience working in the public workforce development system at the local, state, and national levels. DJ’s areas of expertise and interest include the intersection between disability and poverty, the impact of intersecting identities, and ensuring access and inclusion in Vocational Rehabilitation services for those populations who have been historically and structurally marginalized and excluded. They have a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University, completed and maintain a Community Partner Work Incentive Coordinator (CP-WIC) Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University, and are a Doctoral Candidate in Human and Organizational Learning.