Lesson Three: Enhancing Communication and Building Trust with LGBT Youth

The purpose of this lesson is for participants to identify potential barriers to effective communication with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and identify strategies to overcoming those barriers.

Lesson Three

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Participants will:
• Become familiar with concepts of adolescent development and the impact that varying stages of development have on communicating with youth in a delinquency case
• Learn how to incorporate developmentally appropriate language into their interactions with youth
• Review environmental and other non-developmental factors that may impact communication with youth
• Review ways to establish a trusting relationship with youth
• Examine considerations and best practices for information-sharing among juvenile justice professionals regarding a youth’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), and how such sharing may negatively impact communication with individual youth