Mental Health

Coming Out Queer - How Clinicians can Help Support the Coming Out Process

Summer Gomez

Penny Lane Centers

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM - 00:00:00

Session Overview

Do you not know how to support youth as they navigate this difficult milestone?  This interactive workshop presents three theories of coming out – and posits a coming out theory for caregivers as well.  Both the many challenges and benefits of coming out are explored.  Clinicians are given concrete discussion-points for when they are working with an LGBTQI2-S youth in the process of coming out, including helping the youth to assess their safety and well-being.  Participants will then have the opportunity to practice supporting each other, to ensure they are comfortable with supporting our youth.


Summer Davidson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and supervised in the Intensive Services department at Penny Lane Centers for 5 years. She is now in charge of Penny Lane’s Embracing Identity program, where she is helping to meet the needs of LGBTQI2-S Transitional Age Youth. She is active in LGBTQ services and advocacy and a regular part of the EDGY conference. Her own experiences, coupled with raising her son as a part of an LGBTQ couple, has made Summer passionate about raising the standard of services and advocacy for our LGBTQ youth.