The EMPWR (“empower”) Program is a joint initiative of the UCLA Division of Child Psychiatry and 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 young adults.
EMPWR provides a safe, affirming environment for LGBTQ youth with mental health concerns related to stressful and/ or traumatic experiences.
This study offers LGBTQ+ (all identities welcome) teens an 8-session class that teaches practical skills for managing stress and negative emotions. The class is for teens 12-17 years old who have experienced low moods, depression, and/or anxiety. Participants are offered $175 for completing the class and providing feedback about the class. The class takes place on Wednesday evenings at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience in Westwood.