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 these resources and 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 (available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) and download the accompanying glossary (also available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) for a list of terms commonly used in LGBTQ+ communities.

For more videos, tip sheets, and infographics, visit our Resources page!


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.


Thursday, October 27, 1-2:30 p.m. ET


John Pachankis (he/him)

Skyler Jackson (he/him)

Audrey Harkness (she/her)

Developmental & Clinical Implications of the Sexual Minority “Closet”

During this webinar, presenters will define the “closet” and its potentially lasting mental health impacts. Using a developmental lens, presenters will discuss the early socialization experiences of sexual minority individuals, the costs of secrecy during this period, and the stressful and resilient adaptations that the closet might yield. The session will also present clinical implications for mental health providers. The presentation will conclude with questions from attendees. 

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.

Next Session: TBA

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