Upcoming Events

​​Binghamton Rainbow Kids Support Group

Next date: Saturday, 1-3:00 pm,  April 6
Location: Identity Youth Center, 206 State Street, Binghamton
Description: Binghamton Rainbow Kids is a new support group for families with LGBTQ+ children ages 12 and younger. The group will offer kids the chance to socialize with one another in the care of youth facilitators while their parents/caregivers meet and engage in their own supportive conversation. Karen Fuller, Credentialed Family Peer Advocate with more than 10 years of experience working with families of trans youth, oversees the group and will facilitate the parents' discussion. Binghamton Rainbow Kids is offered free of charge and is open to all families with a young LGBTQ child. Sponsors of the new group are Identity Youth Center (Binghamton), Pride and Joy Families (Binghamton), and the Q Center (Syracuse). The group launches on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1-3 pm at Identity Youth Center, 206 State Street, Binghamton. Subsequent meetings will take place on these Saturdays from 1-3 pm: February 2nd, March 9th, and April 6th. Advance registration is required. For further information and to register your family, please contact Karen Fuller at (800) 475-2430 or


AFFIRM Mental Health Provider Training

Date: Thursday, April 4-Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Description: Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ+) Populations is 16-hour training and certification opportunity for mental health providers hosted by Pride and Joy Families. Trainers are Ashley Austin, LCSW, PhD and Shelley Craig, LCSW, PhD. Register here

Please join Pride and Joy Families and the Binghamton University Dept. of Social Work for a unique training for mental health providers. 13.5 Social Work Contact Hours Available. Lunch is provided. Please register here:

AFFIRM: Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Populations is an advanced, two-day training on the science and practice of applying Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with LGBTQ+ populations.

Trainers: Ashley Austin, LCSW, PhD & Shelley Craig, LCSW, PhD
New registration fees just announced:
$50: basic (no Continuing Education Units)
$150: basic w/Social Work CEUs
$100: Binghamton University SW Field Instructors w/Social Work CEUs

Participants will receive information about the context for affirmative and strengths-based models of practice, will learn about broad applications of CBT in general and AFFIRM in particular, and will also have an opportunity to practice AFFIRM. Following this training, participants will have the option of receiving coaching from Drs. Austin and/or Craig as clinicians seek to apply what they have learned in the workshop.

This training is limited to 30 attendees.
Please register here:
For more information visit, contact, or 607-777-3717.


Training: Gender Affirming Model & Adult Gender Assessment
NEW DATE AND TIME: Monday, May 13, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Pkwy E, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA
Description: The Gender Wellness Center, Binghamton University Dept. of Social Work & Pride & Joy Families invite mental health clinicians to attend their next co-sponsored training. Binghamton, NY. Please share this invitation with interested colleagues.

Goals for the session: 1-Understand the history and theoretical basis of the gender affirming model of care. 2-Gain an understanding of a multi-faceted approach to working with clients to explore and clarify their individual gender identity, and assess readiness for medical/ surgical transition options. 3-Learn from peers and build community, by participant sharing of clinical examples and questions.

Presenters: Justine Woolner-Wise, LMSW; Patti Noon, LMSW; Susan Turell, PhD

The event takes place on the Binghamton University Campus in Vestal, NY. Registration open soon.