Parent & Professional Institute Schedule


*Please Note that these shifts are subject to change*

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Workshop Session 1
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free Lunch & Resource Fair/College Fair/Career Fair
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Workshop Session 2
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Session 3
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free Dinner sponsored by LAWN (Los Angeles Women’s Network) & Screening of MTV’s TRANSFORMATION
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Post–Conference Networking Events (PFLAG & GSA Lounge)

We're very excited to announce the workshop titles for the Parent & Professional Institute at Models of Pride 25! There are three workshop sessions throughout the day that will cover many topics relevant to working with LGBTQ youth!

Session 1 (10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

  • Asexuality for Medical and Mental Health Professionals
    Izzy Lee
  • Developing Critically Engaged Student Leaders
    Tasha Colin and Lauren Moreno
  • Género y Diversidad Sexual *En Espanol*
    Drian Juarez
  • Love, Actually: Defining Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships with LGBTQ Youth
    Mike McCormack
  • Mi hijo/a es gay? Que hago? PFLAG Español *En Español*
    Gizella Czene
  • Our Bodies, Our Selves, Our Rights: Sex Ed for the 21st Century
    Amanda Goad
  • Sex, Love & Marriage: Dating in the 21st Century
    Dr. Gregory Canillas
  • Shutting Down the B-Word: How to Empower Bullied LGBTQA Youth
    Michael Anthony-Nalepa
  • Suicide Prevention 101: LGBTQ youth
    Jennifer Dihenia
  • The Parents’ POV (PFLAG): From Coming Out to Becoming an Ally and Everything In Between
    Liz Mullen
  • Understanding and Undoing Religious Homophobia
    Pastor Caleb Crainer

Session 2 (1:30pm-2:45pm)

  • Allyship in Action
    Anthony Eftimeo
  • Born This Way? Reconciling Your Feelings as A Parent While Respecting Your Child's Coming Out Process.
    Kerri Smith-Osei
  • eCPR for Suicide Prevention
    Emily Sheera Cutler
  • Families Afortunadas *En Español*
    Gizella Czene
  • GSA Best Practices
    Doug Pollock
  • Keeping Faith: Honoring Your Child and Your Beliefs
    Mariette Sawchuk
  • Medical Care for Transgender Youth - Blockers and Hormones
    Dr. Johanna Olson
  • Meeting the Needs of Queer Youth of Color
    Jon Higgins
  • NB 101: The Basics of Non-Binary Identity
    Nick 556
  • Surprising – And Empowering – LGBTQ History
    Lee Wind
  • Walking Through the Minefield of LGBTQ Teen Talk
    John Sovec

Session 3 (3:15pm-4:30pm)

  • Adult Ally – How to Advocate with and For Your LGBTQ Student
    Krystal Torres-Covarrubias
  • Becoming a Trans* Ally
    Kyle Sawyer
  • Gender Dysphoria – Beyond the Diagnosis
    Dr. Johanna Olson
  • LGBTQA Youth Detained: Following the Road to Custody
    Timothy Vallez
  • LGBTQ Youth Suicide: Research and Practice Partnerships
    Jeremy Goldbach
  • Making Health A Habit: Talking With Teens About Dating.
    Sarah Colomé
  • Rainbow Connection: Helping LGBTQ Youth Build Communities
    Jessica Weissbuch & Kayla Ryan
  • So You Have a GSA, Now What?
    Tere La Giusa
  • Supporting Trans Youth: A Mother & Daughter’s Perspective
    Cheryl & Honor Babb
  • Un guía para entender, apoyar y alentar a los niños, jóvenes y familias LGBTQI2-S.
    America Islas
  • Unpacking Queer Narratives of Black & Brown Youth in Systems of Care: A Youth Development Approach
    Martel Okonji
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