Edgy conference

John Sovec
John Sovec
MA, LMFT
The Life Group LA
John Sovec
John Sovec is a therapist and coach in Pasadena CA who specializes in working with LGBTQ teens and their families during the coming out process. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA , adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of Social Work. John is currently a member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. John Sovec is the author of multiple publications on providing LGBTQ support, speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on how to successfully support LGBTQ teens. John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative support for LGBTQ adolescents with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, Bravo, The Advocate, YHTV, LA Talk Radio, The Washington Post and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy.

SESSION OVERVIEW

Trauma Based Challenges in LGBTQ Adolescent Development
The experience of coming out is a unique process for LGBTQ adolescents and the influences of that process can have a powerful effect on a teen’s sense of self. Living as an LGBTQ teen in a hetero-normative world can show up as hyper-vigilance, depression, stress, and anxiety, which are the body’s mechanism of protecting adolescents from threatening situations, whether actual or perceived. This process is exacerbated by cis-hetero normative school environments where the vast majority of LGBTQ students (87.3%) experienced harassment or assault based on personal characteristics, including sexual orientation, gender expression, gender, religion, race and ethnicity, and disability. (GLSEN National School Climate Survey (2019)) This workshop will explore a model of care that addresses the impact of sexual and gender minority status on mental and physical health. We will explore the alienation of LGBTQ kids from their family of origin, understand how addiction is a coping mechanism to manage LGBTQ identity development, and how by reaffirming the coming out process in a safe supportive environment adolescents can regain their personal sense of identity.