The University of Missouri–St. Louis will hold a daylong workshop on counseling youths of various sexual orientation and gender identity. The workshop, “Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth,” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 22 in the Partnership Conference Room at the Regional Center for Education and Work (RCEW Building) on the UMSL North Campus, One University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121.

The workshop will focus on increasing awareness about sexual orientation, gender identity and social stigmas, as well as equipping participants with an understanding of how those issues may impact the psychological and social development of individuals.

Featured speakers include:

Susan Kashubeck-West, professor of counseling and family therapy at UMSL

Mark Pope, professor and chair of the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy at UMSL

Matthew Lemberger, assistant professor of counseling and family therapy at UMSL

Darci Hillyer, counselor at Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Mo.

David Hart, adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville

Scott Emanuel, adult advisor for Growing American Youth in St. Louis

A group discussion will be moderated by Lemberger and Angela Coker, assistant professor of counseling and family therapy at UMSL.

The event is sponsored by the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy in the College of Education at UMSL. The registration fee is $75 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. The workshop is open to all mental health professionals, educators and student counselors.

Call 314-516-4613 or e-mail to register or for more information.

Jen Hatton

Jen Hatton