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Culturally Responsible Services for Youths of Color
Randall Leonard, LCSW-C

June 1, 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Youth of color continue to experience disparities in receiving care in health care settings. About 13% of children of color receive mental health services compared to 31% of white children. This training will explore the unique demographics of communities of color, barriers to seeking and receiving services, and new culturally sound information that is key to bridging gaps in access and care. Join social worker Randall Leonard, LCSW-C (they/them/theirs) to explore culturally responsible techniques to reach, connect, and serve youth of color and their families in a variety of health care settings.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the strengths, challenges and needs of youth of color
  • Explain how to better engage and support ethnic minority community members and their children
  • Identify three specific ways to create a welcoming and cultural affirming environment for youth of color


PRESENTER

Randall Leonard, LCSW-C (they/them)

Maryland native Randall Leonard is a licensed clinical social worker who has specialized in the care of LGBTQ individuals forRandall Leonard four years. They currently serve as a Staff Therapist at the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity, a Center of Excellence of Chase Brexton Health Care, providing individual therapy as well as assessments for gender-affirming surgery. They also facilitate “Identity Talk”, a group for trans and gender-diverse people of color to process intersectionality between culture and gender.

Before joining the Chase Brexton team, Randall served survivors of intimate partner violence at Family and Children’s Services, where they provided individual therapy and a weekly support group. In addition, they worked as a Behavioral Specialist in the Emergency Department of Union Memorial Hospital. They started their social work career working with people with severe and persistent mental illness at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems. Randall holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical behavioral health.