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Family Acceptance Project: Helping Conservative Families Support their LGBT Children
Build the Future
Caitlin C Ryan, Family Acceptance Project
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Family Acceptance Project® (FAP) has conducted the first comprehensive research and developed the first evidence-based family support model to help ethnically and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBT children. FAP’s approach helps families from all backgrounds—including socially and religiously conservative families—to change family rejecting behaviors that FAP’s research shows contribute to serious health risks like suicide, substance abuse, homelessness, etc. and to increase accepting behaviors that help promote well-being. FAP’s family support approach is changing how LGBT children are cared for and how services are provided to LGBT children and youth across systems of care.
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW is a clinical social worker and researcher who has worked on LGBT health and mental health for 42 years. As Director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University, Dr. Ryan and her team have developed an evidence-informed family intervention model to strengthen and help ethnically and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children, to maintain LGBT youth in their homes, to decrease family rejection and health risks and to promote family acceptance and positive outcomes. Her work has been recognized by many groups, including the American Psychiatric Association, Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, Human Rights Campaign, National Association of Social Workers, and the American Psychological Association, Division 44 that gave her the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for groundbreaking research on LGBT youth and families. Dr. Ryan is implementing FAP’s family support model in several communities and trains on this work across the U.S. and other countries.