Helping Students Coming Out

Engagement Details


Teens who are questioning their sexuality may approach you as the first or one of the first adults to confide in. This is a very critical part of the student's social/emotional identity formation so being an informed helper is critical. Being prepared in advance of this possibility will help you be more aware of the do's and don't's of supporting your student.

Learning Objectives

  1. Appreciate your own biases around sexual orientation
  2. Recognize the dangers and warning signs for students in this process
  3. Understand the unique developmental process of student's who are coming out
  4. Learn tools and approaches to best support your student

About the Author

Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

Dr. Scherz is a clinical psychologist, author, and educational consultant, working with educators for over twenty years. He earned his Master's in Education from Penn State University and went on to be an elementary school guidance counselor before earning his Ph.D.

As educators are more likely to invest their personal time, money, and energy into their work, support both inside the classroom is required.

My vision for TeacherCoach is to support the most important professionals on the planet in both your personal and professional lives. With healthy educators and a healthy school organization, students will thrive.

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