with Lee-Anne Gray
Among the challenges faced by young people today, none are as great as those encountered by LGBT+ youth, particularly poor LGBT+ youth of color. Training youth in self-compassion has unique considerations, challenges, and processes. For LGBT+ youth, the complexity rises due to enormous levels of discrimination, oppression, and trauma. Join Dr. Lee-Anne Gray, author of Self-Compassion for Teens, to learn about the risks and contraindications of training LGBT+ youth in self-compassion. Through experiential activities you’ll discover how to help LGBT+ youth cultivate self-compassion practices with sensitivity to trauma. Support traumatized LGBT+ youth, with high levels of suicidal risk, by learning how to use Dr. Gray’s Self-Compassion Training Protocol for Traumatized Youth, which is endorsed by Chris Germer (Gray, 2016).
Training LGBT+ youth in self-compassion is an act of compassion and social justice. This workshop will increase your ability to serve youth you care for with compassion.
Dr. Lee-Anne Gray is a psychologist, educator, and author. She is certified in EMDR, a trauma treatment, as well as a national speaker in self-compassion, mindful awareness, LGBT+ youth, assessment, special education, and gifted individuals. As the president and CEO of The Connect Group, she currently serves the global educational community with innovative professional development seminars in empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, as well as with transformational coaching. Dr. Gray is formerly an instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Departments of Psychology/Women’s Studies at UCLA, and has served hundreds in the LGBT+ community through her private practice. She conducted psychodiagnostic assessments of incarcerated LGBT+ youth for the Public Defender of Orange County. Prior to this, Dr. Gray was supervising psychologist at the largest special education nonprofit organization in the nation. In 2012, she curated TEDxStudioCityED, with Dan Siegel and Susan Kaiser Greenland among the presenters. She is a contributing author to Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect, where she discussedEducational Trauma and Empathic Education for a Compassionate Nation (EECN). Dr. Gray’s last book, Self-Compassion for Teens, is the first of its kind; a collection drawn from her work with teens at The Connect Group. It was the #1 New Release on Amazon, in Child Popular Psychology and Emotional Mental Health, with a whole chapter focusing on the unique needs of LGBT+ youth. It was enthusiastically endorsed by Tara Brach, Kelly McGonigal, Chris Germer, Amy Saltzman, and more. Dr. Gray’s next book on LGBT+ youth will be published in 2018.