Registration open for 17th Annual Saying It Out Loud Conference

Release Date: 
Mar 02 2018
DSHS Office of Communications
Kelly Stowe
kelly.stowe@dshs.wa.gov
(360) 902-7739

OLYMPIA – The 17th Annual Saying It Out Loud Conference will occur April 23, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

This all-day conference, hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Behavioral Health Administration’s (BHA) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) educates  how to better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning plus communities.

This year’s keynote speaker is Talcott Broadhead—a college professor of psychology, race and ethnic and transgender studies, history and social work.

“Talcott is packed with determined strength, wit, and expertise. It is uncanny how they can unwind perceived truth and hand it back to you recreated and forever changed,” explained Dae Shogren, DSHS Disproportionality LGBTQ CSEC Program manager.

Broadhead is an author and illustrator who creates customized artwork for social justice projects around the world with 15 years of experience providing advocacy, counseling, consulting and training to educate a variety of clientele and audiences.

The theme of this year’s conference is Beyond the Binary and will focus on behavioral health and include workshop sessions that range from uncovering unconscious bias to identifying challenges in accessing care. This conference is open to anyone with topics geared towards clinicians, direct-service professionals, primary care physicians and other individuals to help improve their skills and understand how to better serve LGBTQ+ individuals.

The cost to attend the conference is $50 and has two workshop tracks for participants to choose— a youth track on how to serve youth to young adults or an elder track geared towards adults and their aging challenges—or attend other workshops during the three sessions.

Those wanting to attend the workshop can register online through April 6. 

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