Sexual and Gender Minority (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Non-binary, and Queer) Youth


This training was held on March 24th, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MT. 

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Event Description

Younger generations continue to demonstrate greater prevalence (and acceptance) of sexual minority and gender expansive identities. As our schools continue to diversify, it is critical that we examine the updated literature on how young people understand these identities and how youth with these identities experience the world.  


This webinar will provide information on the most common terms and descriptions of sexual and gender categories used by youth, present the most recent statistics detailing prevalence of sexual and gender minorities in younger age groups, and review broadly how these youth may experience the school environment (including discussion of school community and policy). We discuss both a mental health care perspective on individual intervention in addition to providing recommendations for increasing staff competency and advocating for school-wide support services. Specific attention will also be given to the unique needs of this population in rural settings.


Keri A. Frantell, Ph.D. 


Dr. Keri A. Frantell (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her integrated program of research, teaching, service, and advocacy centers on multiculturalism and social justice. In both research and clinical practice, she has extensive experience working with suicidality and LGBTQ+ populations. She has published on factors related to transgender suicidal ideation and attempts, bisexual oppression and the impact on mental and physical health, and the connection between religiosity and suicidality for LGB young adults. She currently leads a research team actively committed to disseminating information and resources to the community. 


Kamryn Holtz, B.S. 


Kamryn Holtz (she/her/hers) is a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Michigan State University with minors in both Queer Studies and Youth and Society. Both her clinical practice and research is centered around the influences of interpersonal relationships and multiculturalism. Kamryn has previously presented on cultural adaptations to DBT and gender affirming healthcare. She is currently investigating the impact that Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) have on queer identity development. Additionally, Kamryn is presently involved in research teams dedicated to increasing the accessibility of information and educational resources, as well as multicultural education practices.   


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