November 2023 Newsletter

Hello Kaleidoscope Community!

We hope this month finds you healthy and safe as we enter the beginnings of the holiday season!

We have many parents who often reach out to us, wondering how to best support their LGBTQ+ child. We see you and hear you, and we wrote a blog post for those of you who might be seeking extra support in the form of a parent support group. Doctoral intern Jess Furrer, who will be leading our upcoming parent group for parents of LGBTQ+ Autistic teens, explores how parents can best utilize support groups to gain new skills, find common ground and be more affirming parents to their children.

As always, we invite you to follow us on social media and keep current on our clubs and groups, as well as special events. Please comment, share, and tag your friends, as we celebrate all things LGBTQIA+ on Instagram @kaleidoscopelgbtq, and follow us on Facebook at KaleidoscopeLGBTQ.

With Pride,
The Kaleidoscope Team

Jay Baldwin, Program Director
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Laurie Stephens, Ph.D.  PSY 18520  Sr. Director, Autism & LGBTQ+ Programs
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If you had access to a time-machine, what period of your life would you revisit? For some adults, maybe revisiting a favorite family memory, when your child was a certain age, or your own childhood. How many adults would like to revisit or re-live your teenage years? For me, the idea of reliving my teenage years is a resounding NO.

Adolescence can be difficult to navigate for a myriad of reasons. Teenagers are often trying to figure out who they are and what they feel, while also wanting to create and keep friendships or relationships …

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Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Events, Services & More


Winter Party for LGBTQ+ Youth (Ages 11-18) & Their Families
Wed, Dec. 13th | 6:30-8 pm PT

Come celebrate with us in a winter wonderland with pizza, games, hot chocolate, gingerbread houses, and some winter-themed karaoke! LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 11-18 and their families are welcome to attend. 



New Parent Group Forming

Winter 2023

Starting in Fall 2023, we will be offering a new therapeutic Parent Education Group for parents of LGBTQ+ and autistic teens. This clinically focused parent group is a 6-week series facilitated by Kaleidoscope psychologist Jess Furrer. Email us to set up an intake.




Mental Health Services

Kaleidoscope offers individual & group therapy as well as psychiatric care in a safe & affirming environment at affordable rates. We accept insurance, Medi-cal, and offer sliding-scale rates based upon annual income.



Individual Coaching

Coaching available for LGBTQIA+ youth & young adults who need assistance with identifying goals, taking next steps, & establishing healthy connections in community settings.



Training & Presentations

We offer training, education & presentations to parents, administrators, and the community to provide LGBTQIA+ youth with the affirming support that they need to thrive.


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Upcoming Webinar

What To Do When The Sticker Chart Doesn’t Work

November 15 | 10 – 11am PT
This presentation will offer parents, teachers and therapists a template based on brain function and behavior to use to better manage upsets after one is backed into the corner of “this chart is making things worse!”



Kaleidoscope’s mission is to provide services and supports for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults to help each person realize their unique and full potential. We focus on mental health services, family training and support, forming strong social connections, finding allies and developing critically needed life and coping skills. Kaleidoscope hopes to pave the way to self, family and community acceptance, resilience and care needed for LGBTQ+ folks to thrive.




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