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.

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.


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.


The SBIRT Model: Assessing Alcohol & Substance Use among LGBTQ+ Populations

Michael Dentato (he/him)

July 7, 2021, 1-2 p.m. ET

LGBTQ+ individuals are at heightened risk for alcohol and substance use across the lifespan as a result of myriad stressors which can result in a variety of health and mental health concerns. While the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model has been widely used among adults as a universal screening assessment for alcohol and/or substance use, there is a growing body of literature which examines its use among youth, older adults, and special populations (e.g., LGBTQ+). The SBIRT model includes a screening process to assess for risk of alcohol and/or substance use disorders via validated tools, followed by a brief intervention based on the tenets of motivational interviewing, which may or may not result in the need for a referral to care. This presentation will begin with some background on current statistics and trends related to alcohol and substance use among various segments of the LGBTQ+ community, followed by an introduction to SBIRT and each stage of the model, and conclude with a discussion about the impact of using universal screening tools and methods across a variety of practice settings.

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.


Supporting the Mental Health of Trans & Gender Diverse Youth Amid Anti-Trans Legislation

Thursday, June 24, 3-4 p.m. ET

Christopher Bellonci (he/him)

Ashley Austin (she/her)

Ryan Papciak (he/him)

Christina Wilson Remlin (she/her)

Daniele Gerard (she/her)

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