Queer Affirming Therapist Guild

Ethics: Applying an Intersectional Lens to Trauma in the Black LGBTQI+ Community

  • 29 Jul 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • (online synchronous, via Zoom)


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Ethics: Applying an Intersectional Lens to Trauma in the Black LGBTQI+ Community




While there is immense power in being both a person of color and LGBTQI+, having multiple marginalized identities can magnify discrimination and increase susceptibility to traumatic experiences. Supportive parents, professionals and communities are essential. 

The Multiple Minority Stress Model provides ethical guidance to therapists working with Black LGBTQI+ clients. Participants will learn the importance of practicing cultural humility to engage conversations and strategies for healing that are both trauma responsive and person centered.  Through this workshop, participants will recognize the importance of applying an intersectional lens to the unique experiences of Black LGBTQI+ people.



  • Utilize the Minority Stress Model to better understand trauma experienced by Black LGBTQI+ people, specifically focusing on health outcomes, suicide and community violence  
  • Define cultural humility and its ethical application to providing trauma responsive and person-centered healing spaces
  • Understand the role of parents, professionals and the overall community in serving as a protective factor and actions to advance equity and justice with Black LGBTQI+ clients
  • Debunk the focus of individual resilience and recognize how ecological context promotes well-being


For the past 25 years Crystal has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to educate, advocate, and amplify the voices of individuals and communities in order to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving. Crystal helps individuals heal from their personal traumas and work alongside professionals to create trauma informed, culturally inclusive and person-centered spaces.  Her experiences include advocacy within the child welfare system; oversight of child and youth programs; crisis hotline response; delivery of community based mental health services and implementing trauma informed strategies and programs for school districts.  She has been called upon to provide training, coaching and consultation across the nation in the subject areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Child Trauma & Maltreatment and Racial Trauma.  She is a fierce advocate for social justice and leads courageously to dismantle oppressive systems and create equitable and just services, policies and programs. Crystal offers numerous trainings through https://crystalthryves.com/

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