The EMPWR Program offers training in affirming mental health care for LGBTQ youth and young adults to prepare the next generation of mental health providers.
EMPWR provides subspecialty clinical training to advanced psychology and psychiatry trainees under the direct supervision of attending faculty with research and clinical expertise in working with LGBTQ populations. The program thus offers trainees a unique opportunity to learn about trauma and stress affecting sexual and gender minority youth. The training objectives of this program also underscore and advance UCLA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Highlights of clinical rotations include:
- Opportunity to evaluate and treat LGBTQ youth with anxiety, depression, and stress and trauma related conditions
- Training in individual and family focused interventions including Trauma Focused CBT and FOCUS
- Didactics on salient topics such as health disparities, minority stress, and competent care for LGBTQ populations
- Journal club focused on foundational knowledge of the existing literature on interventions for LGBTQ youth
- Group facilitation training*
*Psychology and psychiatry trainees also co-facilitate the LGBTQ Teen Resilience Skills Group with an attending clinician and/or a post-doctoral psychology fellow. The Resilience Group provides specialized training in delivering sensitive and affirming clinical interventions to LGBTQ adolescents while also offering a chance to gain broad clinical skills in facilitating group therapy.
To find out more information about applying to EMPWR, please email us at: [email protected], or call us at 310-825-7573.