This Center of Excellence hosts webinars for health practitioners focused on the 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. To access all past webinar recordings, visit our session recordings page.

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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.

For an introduction to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression check out our Learning About SOGIE animation and download the accompanying glossary for a list of terms commonly used in LGBTQ+ communities.


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

Sexual Orientation & Behavioral Health 101

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.

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

Gender Identity, Expression & Behavioral Health 101

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.


Wednesday, May 18, 12-1 p.m. ET


Angela Weeks (she/her)

Safety Planning for LGBTQ+ Students

This session will provide information on safety planning with LGBTQ+ youth. Safety planning is a protective measure that can be implemented with youth in situations that may lead to distress and crisis — from disclosing their identities to engaging in gender-segregated activities. This session will cover: (1) assessment of available supports for LGBTQ+ youth; (2) anticipation of challenges LBGTQ+ youth may face in distressing situations; and (3) tools that can help youth cope through difficult times. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.


Tuesday, June 7, 1-2:30 p.m. ET


Matthew Malouf (he/him)

Katherine Dalke (she/her)

All About the I: Intersex Inclusion

This webinar provides an overview of issues impacting individuals with intersex variations across the lifespan and provides guidance for service providers on how to work with individuals and families as they navigate systems of care. Participants will learn key facts about intersex variations as well as the history of intersex health care in the United States. Important terms that will be defined include, but are not limited to: intersex, differences of sex development, endosex, and shared decision making. Physical health, behavioral health, and quality of life outcomes will be reviewed, and will include a discussion of best practices to support and center individuals with intersex variations in their care throughout the lifespan. Additionally, an exploration of advocacy, family and community needs and resources, and representation in pop culture will enrich participants’ understanding of these individuals’ experiences. This is the first part of a two-part series focusing on “the I” in LGBTQI2-S. Attendance at both is encouraged, but not required! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2:30-4 p.m. ET


Rajeev Ramchand (he/him)

Lynsay Ayer (she/her)

Christopher Bellonci (he/him)

Suicide in Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Adults: Epidemiologic Trends & Strategies for Prevention

Suicide is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, with over 40,000 Americans ending their lives each year. After a brief discussion of data limitations on sexual and gender identity, this presentation will provide an overview of the recent data on suicide rates and risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults. It will also discuss how risk of suicide among LGB adults differs by gender, race/ethnicity, and age. Following the discussion of epidemiologic trends, the presentation will review evidence-based approaches for reducing suicide risk, ranging from public policies to clinical practices. It will end with a discussion on clinical and research priorities to strengthen suicide prevention for LGB adults. 

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.

Important Strategies for Working with Families of LGBTQ+ Children

Wednesday, May 18, 2-3 p.m. ET

Join the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity and the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center for a panel discussion with three parents of LGBTQ+ children who will discuss their own journeys and share their expertise with the audience. Attendees will hear important information that will build understanding about what a family may be experiencing after their child discloses that they are LGBTQ+. Panelists will also discuss the importance of support from others with lived experience, including strategies that Family Peer Supports should consider when working with families of LGBTQ+ children and youth.

All About the I: Panel Discussion on Intersex Intersectionality

Tuesday, July 12, 1-2 p.m. ET

This panel provides an opportunity for participants to explore the concept of intersectionality within intersex populations. Through moderated and audience questions, our panelists will speak to the experiences and needs of intersex individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and gender backgrounds and diverse roles within the intersex community (e.g. as a healthcare consumer, an advocate, an ally, and a healthcare provider). Intersections of privilege will be explored including ways to validate individuals’ unique experiences and to empower them to use their voices to advocate for themselves and others. This is the second part of a two-part series focusing on “the I” in LGBTQI2-S. Attendance at both is encouraged but not required! 

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