Online Group

The Journey of Trauma in the LGBTQ+ Community

Hosted by: Kriss Jarecki
A continuing education workshop for mental healthcare providers that will take a closer look at the effects of trauma on the LGBTQ+ community. This program is for 6.5CE.
Session Length: 480 minutes
Frequency: one-time
Group Size: up to 12

About This Group

All mental health clinicians work with trauma as trauma is implicated in every mental health disorder. Thus, understanding what trauma is, how trauma occurs and symptoms and behaviors of when it does are essential to providing thorough assessments, accurate treatment planning and appropriate therapeutic interventions.

This workshop is designed for licensed professionals and will take a closer look at the effects of trauma on the LGBTQ+ community. When working with LGBTQ+ clients we need to know and understand the terminology (and historical context) of sexual orientation and gender identity as well as provide a trauma informed and sensitive environment in order to provide effective engagement and attunement with these clients. We will learn the chemistry of the brain and body along with the Polyvagal Theory, and the LGBTQ+ person’s unique impact from events, in order to effectively integrate these aspects for clients to help educate and normalize their experiences.

This program is for 6.5CE and will run for eight hours with small breaks throughout.

For Therapists
Continuing Education


  • 8:20 - 8:30 am - Log on to Zoom
  • 8:30 - 10:00 am - Trauma 101- Defining trauma. How we digest experiences in the brain, how aspects can get stuck and symptoms of when they do. LGBTQ+ community impact of trauma and statistics
  • 10:00 - 10:15 am - Break
  • 10:15 -11:30 am - LGB & Gender Expansive (GE) 101. Terminology of sexual orientation. Terminology of gender identity. Unique & historical experiences of trauma in the LGBTQ+ community
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lunch
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm - The brain on trauma- Chemical reactions throughout the brain and body as it experiences an event, Polyvagal Theory. Memory Reconsolidation. Practice several exercises that calm the VNS and heal the Hippocampus
  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 - 3:15 pm - Sexual and gender identity in adolescents. GLSEN National survey results. Stages to understand LGBTQ+ identity development. Implications for the therapeutic relationship and how to work with LGBTQ+ youth / clients
  • 3:15 - 3:30 pm - Break
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Effective treatment modalities and mechanism of effect.

Your Group Host

Kriss Jarecki


Kriss Jarecki, ACSW, LCSWR, has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. She was a faculty member of Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute for 8 years and is a consultant and trainer for Progressive Counting and EMDR.

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What You Need To Know

How To Participate

This group session is run online in order to be accessible to all. After joining, you will receive an email with a link for the group's video conference.


You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate.


Your payment is always secure. You will be charged for each recurring group session. This subscription can be canceled at any time.


Tuesday - Oct 27, 12:20 PM GMT