Workshop focuses on Island sexual and gender minorities
JOURNAL PIONEER STAFF A number of Island associations that provide council and resource services are hosting a fall workshop. The P.E.I. Psychological, Social Worker and Couselling Associations are looking forward to having Dr. Andre Grace speak on caring and supporting the Island sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth. On Sept. 21, 2018, Grace will be presenting a day long workshop in Charlottetown titled, “Growing into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth, Comprehensive Health, and the Need for Caring and Accommodating Professional Supports.” Grace is the Canada research chairman in sexual and gender minority studies (Tier 1) in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. His research focuses on the comprehensive health, educational, and cultural concerns of SGM youth. Currently he directs the Comprehensive Health Education Workers (CHEW) Project for vulnerable SGM youth in Edmonton. “This workshop is timely and important in that it brings professionals across the spectrum together to learn more about how we can care and support our Island SGM youth and families,” says Susan Doiron, event committee member.