The Levelling Mind program empowers trans and non-binary youth with tools to navigate stress and enhance well-being, while also equipping their families and adult supporters with skills for fostering safer, more supportive environments.
Levelling Mind is a nine-week program designed specifically for trans and non-binary youth and their adult supporters. We provide two tailored groups, each focusing on nurturing emotional wellness and building effective communication tools, all under the guidance of experienced mental health counsellors. Please note that Levelling Mind is not a therapeutic program.
The trans and non-binary youth cohort will receive guidance on:
- Emotions in challenging settings
- Stress-handling tools
- Clear, strong communication
- Navigating family and self-views
- Accessing community support
- Building supportive relationships
- Future planning
The cohort for parents and adult supporters will deepen their knowledge on:
- Trauma-informed parenting
- Balancing personal and shared emotions
- Empathetic and constructive communication
- The role of family support
- Community resources
- Peer sharing
Both cohorts receive an introduction to the program structure, objectives, and the establishment of group norms and guidelines.
Youth cohort: participants learn the core concepts related to trauma, stress, and triggers, focusing particularly on minority stress.
Adult cohort: participants have a detailed discussion on trauma, toxic stress, and vicarious trauma specific to minority groups.
Youth cohort: participants name and understand their emotions using various expressive techniques.
Adult cohort: participants focus on identifying and managing trauma in others, ensuring the fostering of a secure and supportive environment.
Youth cohort: participants will explore bodily reactions to stress and trauma, learning basic techniques for regulating the nervous system.
Adult cohort: participants will explore the physiological and psychological effects of trauma and stress, emphasizing practical self-regulation techniques.
Youth cohort: participants are introduced to alternative coping strategies aimed at replacing maladaptive regulatory mechanisms.
Adult cohort: participants receive guidance on the vital role of adults in assisting youth with emotional regulation through effective co-regulation strategies.
Youth cohort: in this practical session, participants hone assertive and non-violent communication skills applicable in various scenarios.
Adult cohort: participants are equipped with principles of non-violent communication to enhance and improve parent-child relationships.
Youth cohort: participants explore theories concerning change, gender identity, and managing family expectations.
Adult cohort: participants in this session focus on the significance of parental support and understanding of the broader social determinants of health.
Youth cohort: this session is dedicated to helping participants with cultivating supportive relationships and developing robust community care strategies.
Adult cohort: participants are equipped valuable knowledge and resources tailored for 2SLGBTQ youth and families.
A concluding session where participants reflect on the program, affirm family and individual strengths, and discuss the next steps for continued growth and support.