The EMPWR (“empower”) Program is an initiative of the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health designed to promote well-being and resilience in LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) children, teenagers, and adults.
EMPWR provides a safe, affirming environment for LGBTQ clients with mental health concerns related to stressful and/ or traumatic experiences.
The EMPWR Program offers an innovative LGBTQ Teen Resilience Group for teens 12 to 17 years old who identify as LGBTQ+ and a Parent/Caregiver Resilience Group designed to improve parental support of adolescents and family communication around identity. Sessions are led by professional mental health providers and are designed to be educational, interactive and social.
The research team aims to create a new version of family-focused therapy that helps families understand youth's gender identity. Currently recruiting youth and parents for focus groups and surveys. Time is compensated.
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