LGBTQIA lower and middle school programs with school counselor Logan Dechter

By Jen Cort

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Logan Dechter (he/they) is a May 2022 graduate of the University of Maryland School Counseling Program and a professional school counselor in Montgomery County Public Schools. Logan serves as one of the advisors for his school’s Rainbow Club, a developmentally appropriate Genders and Sexualities Alliance for 4th and 5th grade students. Logan also led the charge for the implementation of a Genders and Sexualities Alliance Prince George’s County Public Schools middle school.

In addition to his work in school counseling, Logan has experience in suicide prevention and crisis intervention, which has greatly influenced his research interests. Logan has worked on the Trevor Lifeline, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the Lifeline Chat service in addition to various other social service lines, such as the local Homeless Hotline and the Domestic Violence Hotline.

Logan’s research interests include LGBTQ+ student wellbeing, Latinx student mental health, and suicide prevention. Outside of education, Logan is passionate about Kesem, a nonprofit organization that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, where he serves as a mental health professional and advisory board member for various local chapters.

Logan can be reached at Logan_Dechter@mcpsmd.org or at linkedin.com/logandechter.

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