‘Working with LGBTQ+ Teens in Residential Care’ will examine LGBTQ+ current topics and history in relation to Rosecrance and the behavioral health industry. Furthermore, the webinar will delve into the first-hand experiences of experts at Rosecrance and how to best care for LGBTQ+ teens in a residential care setting. Throughout the webinar, presenters will address the unique aspects and risk factors of LGBTQ+ individuals in regards to mental illness and substance abuse. Additionally, they will discuss how to develop cultural competencies and best practices among residential staff and educate on how to remove barriers and stigma for LGBTQ+ teens seeking treatment.
- Examine LGBTQ+ current topics and history in relation to Rosecrance and the behavioral health industry
- Address the unique aspects and risk factors of mental illness and substance abuse among LGBTQ+ individuals
- Discuss how to develop cultural competencies and best practices among residential staff
- Educate on how to remove barriers and stigma for LGBTQ+ teens seeking treatment
Dr. Thomas Wright oversees all medical operations for Rosecrance. He specializes in working with adolescents who have a co-existing or secondary diagnosis in addition to an addiction disorder. He has more than 20 years' experience in the field and is certified as a child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Wright is also certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He served on the faculty at Northwestern Medical College in Chicago and at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rockford. Dr. Wright is a regular conference presenter and has been recognized as a medical educator and leader in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Wright received the Clinician of the Year award for clinical excellence from Addiction Professional in 2015. He joined Rosecrance in 2005.
Meghan Cook joined Rosecrance in 2008, and is currently the Access Coordinator at the Griffin Williamson adolescent campus. She oversees the Access Department, responsible for assessments and admissions, and also manages building census. Meghan has 19 years of supervisory and direct care experience in social services. She has worked with adolescents and families in the child welfare system, and with adults and adolescents with chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. Meghan has a M.S. in Applied Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University, and a BSW from Bradley University. She is a Licensed Social Worker as well as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor (CADC). Meghan is a DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board member.