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LGBTQ Youth - Effects of Disclosure on Parents (#702)

A young queer student has recently come out to their parents who are extremely upset and worried about this revelation. A school social worker must address the concerns of both the parents and the student.

Note: This simulation also works with just the parents.

Learning Objectives

  • Listening skills 
  • Establishing rapport 
  • Maintaining objectivity 
  • Mediating 
  • Building trust

Information for Learners

Option 1

Matthew has just told his parents he is queer and attracted to men. Matthew’s parents, Beth and Don are very concerned about him and have decided they need to see a counsellor to discuss their concerns.

Option 2

Linda has just told her parents that she is queer and has been dating a woman for four months. Her parents, Don and Beth decide they need to talk to a counsellor about their concerns.

Simulation Details

Simulator Role(s)

  • Option 1
    • Matthew McKinnon (eighteen)
    • Don McKinnon, Father
    • Beth McKinnon, Mother
  • Option 2
    • Linda McKinnon (eighteen)
    • Don McKinnon, Father
    • Beth McKinnon, Mother

Learner Role(s)

  • School Social Worker 
  • Counsellor


  • School Guidance Office 
  • Community Health Centre Counselling Office

Related Topics

  • Adolescence and Family Relations
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion 
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Mental Health