Mental Health

Recovery and Resilience for LGBTQ Youth

Beck Gee-Cohen

BGC Consulting

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview

Substance Use and Trauma are prevalent in the LGBTQ community. This workshop will address both and also address the solutions of recovery and resilience of LGBTQ youth today. Understanding that substance use is but a symptom of many different factors that LGBTQ youth face in regards to bullying, misunderstanding, peer pressure, and other trauma. This workshop will address ways in which to assess for substance use in the home, school, and therapy office. Participants will also learn ways in which to talk to young people about substance use and recovery. WE will focus on resilience and the positive aspects of recovery and how recovery can help with future goals.


Beck is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Gender & Sexuality and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling. Beck has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community and has years of experience doing so. He has written articles and papers directly addressing the need for training staff on LGBTQ+ communities. Beck is an internationally regarded speaker and workshop presenter. He has helped create programming for LGBTQ+ specific treatment programs and works closely with LGBTQ+ recovery communities around the world. Beck has over 12 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in recovery and mental health communities. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting, helping facilities shift their culture and become more affirming and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ populations.