In the News: Caitlin Ryan is Rewriting the Message

SSW alum Caitlin Ryan, M.S.W. ’82, Ph.D., ACSW, recently discussed her project, The Family Acceptance Project, with Curve Mag. Said the article, “the work Ryan is doing isn’t just groundbreaking—it’s monumental. Before she did it, no one had actually studied what happens within families when adolescents come out. It’s complicated, but it doesn’t have to end in kids disowning their families or parents telling their kids that it’s wrong to be queer.”

Said Ryan, “even providers today don’t understand, they say, ‘Kids don’t really understand their identities,’ and this just supports the idea that many families have that this is just a phase. Families need to understand that this perception just makes kids feel bad about themselves and their identities.”

Developed by Ryan and Rafael Diaz in 2002, The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) “includes the first comprehensive study of LGBTQ youth and their families and the first evidence-informed family support model to help diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children.”

Read More about Ryan and her work.