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Q is for Questioning
About the Program

Q is for Questioning is a series of three interactive workshops that meet in a single Colorado community every other week. These workshops are facilitated by a lisenced clinician, a peer co-facilitator from the community, and an Envision:You team member.


Each 120-minute guided workshop contains a psychoeducational presentation on LGBTQ+ identity and LGBTQ+ mental health; breakout sessions; Q&A; and a reception. Through the collaboration of LGBTQ+ community organizations, community mental health centers, school districts, local libraries, and other social institutions, we are excited to announce the launch of the workshop series in Mesa County in October. For more information,  or to collaborate on workshops in other regions, contact the Q is for Questioning team at q.info@envision-you.org.

Why Q is for Questioning?

LGBTQ+ youth are at a higher risk for mental health disparities than that of their non-LGBTQ+ peers.  This is in large part due to the stigma and discrimination surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Young people who experience uncertainty surrounding their gender identity, gender presentation, and/or sexual orientation often experience stigma, bullying, isolation, and even violence.

They might struggle with internalized fear and unhappiness and can resort to maladaptive coping mechanisms like self-harm, as well as an increased risk of suicide. However, LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year (Trevor Project). Acceptance and support from caregivers is the first step in helping queer youth contemplate who they are as they work to discover their authentic self and express their identity.

 
Calendar of Events

El Paso County

11/15, 12/06, 12/16/2022

Past Workshops

Mesa County

10/15, 10/29, 11/12/2022

 
FAQ’s

Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are designed for any adult with an LGBTQ+ youth in their lives. Parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers, and others can benefit from the content.

Do these workshops cost anything to attend?

There is no cost to attend these workshops. You can register for workshops in your area by clicking the appropriate link above.

How can I attend these workshops? What is the format of the workshops?

Envision:You offers workshops in community based cohorts throughout Colorado. There are a series of three workshops available via Zoom in each specific community. By having community based cohorts, the curriculum and discussions will be richer and participants will be able to build strong relationships with one another. So to strengthen this community bond only people within the community in which these workshops are offered are allowed to participate. However, we plan to extend to other communities in the future. We also plan to offer hybrid sessions in the future, which provides participants with the option to attend the workshops in person or virtually.

Who facilitates these workshops?

These workshops are facilitated by a licensed clinician,, a co-facilitator from the community with lived experience, and an Envision:You team member.

Who developed the curriculum?

The Q is for Questioning curriculum was developed by Envision:You in partnership with researchers at the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver.

What can I expect to learn from these workshops?

Each 120-minute guided presentation contains a psychoeducational presentation on LGBTQ+ identity and LGBTQ+ youth experiences; breakout sessions; Q&A; and a reception. The workshop’s materials and resources will be shared with participants. Participants can expect to learn what challenges LGBTQ+ youth face and develop tools to affirm and support their development.

If there are no workshops offered in my area, how can I attend?

These workshops are facilitated by a licensed clinician,, a co-facilitator from the community with lived experience, and an Envision:You team member.

If I need accommodations, who should I contact?

Please contact q.info@envision-you.org to request accommodations.

 
 

To learn more, please contact Zamora Evans (they/them) at q.info@envision-you.org.

To understand the importance and urgency of this program, please read the following report from the Trevor Project. Accepting Adults Reduce Suicide Attempts.