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. 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.


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.


Providing Inclusive, Accessible Supports for LGBTQ+ Youth & Young Adults with Disabilities

Wednesday, January 12, 1-2:30 p.m. ET

Alyssa Fenix, MA (she/her)
Finn Gratton, LMFT, LPCC (they/them)

Conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces are becoming increasingly critical when supporting neurodiverse populations and individuals with intellectual and emotional disabilities. Historically, the communities have been addressed separately with the assumption of little overlap or impact, yet a growing body of research demonstrates the need for LGBTQ+ inclusive practices that are accessible and affirming for individuals with disabilities. This webinar will examine the intersections of gender, sexuality, and disability in school, clinical, and community based settings, and identify ways to make spaces and programs accessible and affirming for neurodiverse youth and young adults.

A Framework for Clinical Practice with LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers

Thursday, January 20, 12-1 p.m. ET

Edward J. Alessi, PhD, LCSW (he/him)
Sarilee Kahn, PhD, MSW, MPH (she/her)

Over the years, increasing numbers of LGBTQ+ people have fled to the United States seeking protection based on persecution of their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, upon arrival in the United States they contend with a number of stressors, including challenges meeting basic needs, navigating the asylum process, and dealing with structural barriers (e.g., stigma and discrimination, lack of access to healthcare). To assist LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in settlement, a clinical practice framework for working with this population is presented. Integrating concepts from complex trauma, minority stress and intersectionality, acculturation and integration, and resilience, the framework is intended to help LGBTQ+ asylum seekers manage traumatic stress, handle the demands of the asylum process, and contend with stress related to their multiple marginalized identities.

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.

Providing Affirming Services to LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Thursday, December 9, 2-3 p.m. ET

The Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) and SAMHSA’s Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity present an engaging panel discussion about affirmative services and supports for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. For providers working in housing and homelessness, knowing about the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people is essential in providing quality and appropriate care. This panel discussion will discuss the overrepresentation, the unique needs of the population, and ways providers and clinicians can provide supportive and affirming care

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