The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project
In November, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI) hosted a full day training with Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., the Director of the San Francisco-based Family Acceptance Project (FAP).

Dr. Ryan’s research shows family acceptance of LGBTQ children protects against risk and helps promote well-being, while family rejection is related to serious health and mental health concerns including depression, suicide, substance abuse and STDs. Dr. Ryan discussed an evidence-based family intervention model that is revolutionary and paradigm-changing, and helps ethnically and religiously diverse families support their LGBT children across multiple domains and systems of care.

Formed in 2009, SOGI is a SSW initiative designed to enhance the clinical skills of graduate students working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals (LGBTQ) clients and their families, and develop educational and campus-wide access for students across disciplines who are interested in LGBTQ studies.