Edgy conference

Bree Van Dyke
Bree Van Dyke
UCLA Health
Bree Van Dyke
Bree Van Dyke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. She currently works in the inpatient pediatrics unit where she works with youth ages 0-25 and their families. She graduated with her MSW from USC in 2019 with a specialization in Children, Youth, and Families. She has worked with LGBTQ+ youth in multiple positions including at Pacific Pride Foundation where she co-facilitated an LGBTQ+ youth group, ran a LGBTQ+ youth Anti-Bullying Summit, and helped within the local high school's GSA. She interned at D'Veal Family and Youth Services and helped to create the LGBTQ+ program within the agency. She has provided multiple LGBTQ+ identity trainings to administration in the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Children and Family Services, probation, and Pasadena Unified School District. She has presented to MSW students and faculty on her own journey as an LGBTQ+ identified woman who struggled with mental health including depression and self-harm during high school. She interned at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine - Center for Transyouth Health and Development where she provided short term therapy to trans youth. She recently transitioned out of outpatient community mental health where she focused on providing therapy to LGBTQ+ youth and trained staff in LGBTQ+ competencies. She has a wealth of knowledge on the LGBTQ+ community from both personal and professional experience, including many aspects of mental health. She looks forward to continuing to expand her knowledge on the LGBTQ+ population and opening a private practice where she plans to work with LGBTQ+ youth.


Embracing our Scars: Self-Harm 101
The workshop will begin with a PowerPoint and basic overview of self-harm including types of self-harm, average age range when it happens, populations (geared toward the LGBTQ population), risk factors, self-harm in connection with depression, and some common causes of self-harm. I will share pieces of my story as an LGBTQ+ adolescent and my journey with self-harm and identity to where I am now as a social worker. I will then provide protective factors for LGBTQ youth in helping to replace self-harm behaviors with positive behaviors/coping strategies. I will do an interactive activity with participants including creating a "care list", to write one's own coping skills to carry with them when they are going through difficult times in their lives. This will be with notecards, markers, and key rings that will be provided. I will introduce the idea of "printing one's scars," as an empowering intervention for those who have self-harmed in the past, including showing my own scar print. This includes using paint to cover the scar and then printing it onto a sheet of paper. I will end with questions or comments from those who attended.