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LGBTQ Youth - Risk Factors They Face (#800)

Option 1

Derek struggles with life as he learns about his sexuality. Harassment, drugs, and loneliness wreak  havoc on his performance in school and his ability to make intelligent decisions.

Option 2

Jessica, a queer student, has been called to the guidance office to discuss her declining academic performance and harassment she endured in the hallways.

Learning Objectives

  • Listening skills
  • Responding to non-verbal cues 
  • Demonstrating empathy 
  • Building trust
  • Creating a safe environment

Information for Learners

Option 1

Derek has been asked to make an appointment with a counsellor as teachers are concerned about his absences and declining grades. The counsellor is aware of rumours that Derek came out about two months ago.

Option 2

Jessica finds herself in the guidance office. Some of her teachers are concerned about her erratic attendance and declining school performance. She has reluctantly agreed to see a counsellor if only to get everyone off her back. There have also been a few incidents in the hall – name calling and shouting matches. Her marks are also beginning to jeopardize her post-secondary options.

Simulation Details

Simulator Role(s)

  • Option 1: Derek Simpson (between sixteen and eighteen)
  • Option 2: Jessica Burns (seventeen)

Learner Role(s)

  • High School Social Worker 
  • Counsellor


  • High School Guidance Office 
  • Community Counselling Centre

Related Topics

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