Twice a month, this Center of Excellence hosts webinars for health practitioners focused on best and latest practices to decrease behavioral health disparities impacting LGBTQ+ children, youth, young adults, adults, and older adults. CEUs and CMEs are available for both foundational and advanced topics.

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Interested in building foundational knowledge on LGBTQ+ behavioral health? Start here with our self-paced webinars! We strongly recommended that these webinars are viewed prior to attending our advanced topic webinars.

Sexual Orientation & Behavioral Health 101

Lyndsay Smith (she/her)
Jabari Lyles (he/him)

This webinar enables behavioral health service providers to be more equipped to support, treat and advocate for people with diverse sexual orientations. Considering a general lack of LGBTQ+-affirming knowledge among healthcare providers, along with data and research which suggests LGBTQ+ people are at higher risk for poor health outcomes, this webinar offers institutions the skills they need to minimize gaps. Participants will define sexual orientation and explore related terms and concepts in human sexuality, become more intimately aware of the unique experiences of people who have diverse sexual orientations, learn specific behavioral health disparities, including risk and protective factors for people of various sexual orientations, and gain a toolkit of best practices for applying this knowledge in the field.

Gender Identity, Expression & Behavioral Health 101

Lyndsay Smith (she/her)
Ezra Halstead (they/them and he/him)

This webinar provides foundational knowledge about gender identity and gender expression, and how to best provide services for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals across the lifespan. Participants will learn concepts relating to gender identity and expression, as well as the process of transitioning, and respectful terms. Important terms that will be defined include but are not limited to: transgender, cisgender, nonbinary, intersex, and pronouns. Social, legal, and medical types of transition will be reviewed, as well as potential interpersonal/familial and systemic barriers to transition. Risk factors and behavioral health disparities for adults and children in this community will be reviewed, as well as best practices service providers can use to create a respectful and welcoming environment.

Our live webinar series offers a deeper dive into specific topics as well as implications for behavioral health practice.


Partnering with Families of LGBTQ+ Youth

Linda Mitchell (she/her)
Toni Donnelly (she/her)
Vida Khavar (she/her)

April 8, 2021, 3-4 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide behavioral health providers with best practices on partnering with families of LGBTQ+ youth. Many families struggle at first to embrace their LGBTQ+ child‘s identities, and need support and tools after their child comes out to them. Early intervention is essential in preventing harm to the family unit and to the mental and physical wellbeing of the youth. This webinar features three speakers with a wealth of professional and personal experience as parents. Linda Mitchell will share her own journey as a parent of a lesbian daughter and as someone who has dedicated her career to partnering with other families around building their knowledge and skills to support their LGBTQ+ youth. Toni Donnelly is a parent with lived experience in systems of care, and also has a background in helping systems partner with families around system reform. Lastly, Vida Khavar will join to discuss the Youth Acceptance Project: a clinical intervention for families of LGBTQ+ youth.

Translating Trauma-informed Care Principles into Practice with LGBTQ+ Clients

Jill Levenson (she/her)
Shelley Craig (she/her)

April 13, 2021, 2:30-4 p.m. ET

Using SAMHSA’s guidelines for trauma-informed care (TIC), this 90-minute training will describe how to apply TIC when working with LGBTQ+ populations. Research describing the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) will be summarized. Participants will learn about the effects of childhood trauma on psychosocial development and family functioning. Participants will be introduced to SAMHSA’s guiding principles of TIC. Mental health practitioners and social service professionals will learn to view client presenting problems through the lens of trauma, as well as practical skills to implement trauma-informed service delivery across a variety of roles when working with LGBTQ+ clients.

Accreditation: The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Our monthly Ask Our Experts virtual sessions connect practitioners with consultants from across the country who provide technical assistance on a variety of subjects.


Trauma-Informed Practice with LGBTQ+ Clients
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2-3 PM ET

Jill Levenson (she/her)

Shelley Craig (she/her)

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