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Complex Roles of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Culturally-Specific Variables in the Lives of Trans Youth

October 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

[Intersections of Health: The Complex Roles of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and  Culturally-Specific Variables in the Lives of Transgender Youth]

Hawaii’s Transgender and non-binary individuals experience high rates of many forms violence. Transgender youth often directly experience adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as bullying, neglect, physical and emotional abuse, isolation, sexual assault, teen dating violence, and other types of victimization. Many transgender youth are also exposed to family violence, in addition to witnessing discrimination, harassment, abuse, and violence within their peer circles. Transgender and non-binary youth who directly experience violence (or are a witness to it) are likely to develop more physical and mental health conditions, have increased challenges with emotional regulation, social development, and the ability to acquire necessary skills to function in society as a healthy adult.

This all day training will cover core information about who transgender and non-binary individuals are; highlight key trans-specific local and national data; link early childhood trauma with additional layers of trans-specific ACEs as experienced by transgender youth in Hawaii; identify ways youth serving organizations can integrate primary prevention efforts into their programs to ensure safe and nurturing environments, and provide a pathway of positive action steps that every victim service provider and allied professional can take to improve the lives of transgender individuals who have experienced victimization.

Training Objectives
Each participant will:
1) Describe who is included under the transgender umbrella;
2) List three health conditions that are more prevalent among transgender survivors of sexual violence than their non-transgender peers;
3) Identify three barriers transgender survivors face when trying to access services;
4) Outline three concrete action steps an agency can take to improve services to transgender survivors; and
5) Increase knowledge and understanding to prevent ACEs for transgender youth in Hawaii.


Download Printable Flyer: FLYER-2017-10-Hawaii-DOH-ACEs TransYouthTraining-10-03-17


Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckMbp25yvjl62Ba0769o2ieJRni5l7AiUMUUarMLU4pdA2ug/viewform

Sponsored by Hawaii State Department of Health, Maternal & Child Health Branch’s
Family Support and Violence Prevention Section



October 3, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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