Healthy Relationships Program (HRP) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer/Questioning (LGBT2Q+) Youth

 

The Healthy Relationships Program (HRP) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queering/Questioning (LGBT2Q+) Youth  is a small group positive mental health promotion program for gender, sexual, and romantic minority youth. It helps build resiliency and promote well-being among LGBT2Q+ youth. It affirms, validates, and celebrates sexual and gender diversity, cultivates a caring and supportive community, and helps LGBT2Q+ youth develop skills and strategies that promote healthy relationships. This trauma-informed, strengths-focused program explores stressors unique to LGBT2Q+ youth, including identity and expression invalidation, stigma, prejudice and discrimination, internalized oppression, coming out, safety, and microaggressions.  This program includes 18 sessions, each lasting 45 minutes. It may be delivered in school-based Genders and Sexualities Alliances/Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) or LGBT2Q+ youth group settings.

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Program Overview 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Supplementary Resources for HRP for LGBT2Q+ Youth Facilitators and/or Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Advisors

Terminology and Concepts, Policy, Research, and Programming Documents

Loeppky, A., & Lapointe, A. (2020). Building capacity to work with LGBT2Q+ youth: Understanding concepts and terminology. Western University
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Loeppky, A., & Lapointe, A. (2020).  A guide to starting and supporting a GSA. Western University.        
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Lapointe, A., & Loeppky, A. (2020).  Adapting the Healthy Relationships Program for LGBT2Q+ Youth for a virtual context. Western University .

 

Presentations

Lapointe, A. (2019).  Exploring and experiencing a positive mental health promotion program for LGBT2Q+ youth. Workshop facilitated at PREVNet’s 10th Annual Conference: Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth: Creating Spaces that Support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Toronto, ON, May 15, 2019.

Crooks, C. V., & Lapointe, A. (2019).  Promoting resiliency and well-being among LGBT2Q+ youth through a group intervention . Workshop presented at the  Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science: Equipping Schools and Communities to Support Student Mental Health, Banff, AB, March 17-March 20, 2019.

Crooks, C. V., & Lapointe, A. (2018).  Development and three-year pilot of an evidence-informed mental health promotion program for LGBT2Q+ youth . Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Las Vegas, NV, October 11-October 13, 2018.