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.
Understanding Anti-LGBTQ+ Bias
Angela Weeks (she/her)
This webinar explores concepts around implicit and explicit bias that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities experience. The session also connects these biases with other systems of oppression, such as sexism and racism. During the session, examples of biases, as well as strategies to manage and intervene when biases are witnessed or experienced, will be shared. The content is relevant to all age groups.
AFFIRM Youth: Overview, Evidence & Steps for Becoming a Site
Ashley Austin (she/her)
Shelley Craig (she/her)
This webinar is aimed at practitioners interested in building knowledge and skills related to providing evidence based affirmative interventions to diverse LGBTQ+ youth. The first half of the webinar will introduce attendees to AFFIRM Youth, an 8-session, manualized affirmative cognitive behavioral intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. We will provide an overview of theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of AFFIRM. In particular, attendees will be introduced to the key factors contributing to mental health disparities among LGBTQ+ youth, as well as critical sources of healing and resilience. Evidence of AFFIRM Youth’s effectiveness for improving mental health and coping skills among diverse LGBTQ+ Youth will be presented. Part II of the webinar will offer detailed information regarding becoming an AFFIRM Youth site.
Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis & Clinical Considerations for Children & Youth
Justine Larson (she/her)
Christopher Bellonci (he/him)
This webinar is aimed at practitioners interested in building knowledge to serve transgender and gender diverse children and youth. The use of Gender Dysphoria diagnosis in children and adolescents was analyzed, and participants learned how to evaluate and treat a child presenting with gender dysphoria. A parent shared her journey with her transgender child, including lessons learned and implications for clinical practice and work with families. Participants also learned the importance of evaluating whether the gender dysphoria is being exacerbated in the context of family rejection and how best to support that child/adolescent and family.
Gender Dysphoria in Adults: Moving Beyond Diagnosis & Toward Affirmative Practice
Ashley Austin (she/her)
Ryan Papciak (he/him)
This webinar is aimed at practitioners interested in building knowledge to serve transgender and gender diverse clients. The first part of the webinar introduced Gender Dysphoria as the experience and as the DSM diagnosis with a focus on exploring both the benefits and limitations of the diagnostic criteria. There was discussion on emerging literature on the experiences of gender dysphoria among trans and gender diverse adults, as well as the different manifestations of dysphoric feelings over time and across clients. Furthermore, attendees learned about how gender dysphoria can negatively impact clients’ psychological, interpersonal, and occupational functioning. Clinical strategies for supporting clients with gender dysphoria were explored. Finally, the importance of gender affirming experiences was discussed. One of the co-presenters shared his lived experiences of gender dysphoria and gender affirming interventions with particular attention to the implications for clinical practice.
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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.