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, are 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.
Partnering with Families of LGBTQ+ Youth
Toni Donnelly (she/her)
Linda Mitchell (she/her)
Vida Khavar (she/her)
This webinar provides behavioral health providers with best practices on working with families of LGBTQ+ youth. Many families struggle at first to embrace their LGBTQ+ child‘s identities, and need support and tools after their child comes out to them. Early intervention is essential in preventing harm to the family unit and to the mental and physical wellbeing of the youth. This webinar features three speakers with a wealth of professional and personal experience as parents. Linda Mitchell will share her own journey as a parent of a lesbian girl and as someone who has dedicated her career to working with other families around building their knowledge and skills to support their LGBTQ+ youth. Toni Donnelly is a parent with lived experience in systems of care, and also has a background in helping systems partner with families around system reform. Lastly, Vida Khavar will join to discuss the Youth Acceptance Project: a clinical intervention for families of LGBTQ+ youth.
Translating Trauma-informed Care Principles into Practice with LGBTQ+ Clients
Jill Levenson (she/her)
Shelley Craig (she/her)
Using SAMHSA’s guidelines for trauma-informed care (TIC), this 90-minute training describes how to apply TIC when working with LGBTQ+ populations. Research describing the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) will be summarized. Participants will learn about the effects of childhood trauma on psychosocial development and family functioning. Participants will be introduced to SAMHSA’s guiding principles of TIC. Mental health practitioners and social service professionals will learn to view client presenting problems through the lens of trauma, as well as practical skills to implement trauma-informed service delivery across a variety of roles when working with LGBTQ+ clients.
Minority Stress and its Impacts on Mental Health
Edward Alessi (he/him)
Empirical research has consistently demonstrated the negative mental health consequences of minority stress among LGBTQ+ populations; however, there is little understanding of how minority stress should be addressed in the actual clinical situation. This webinar discusses the impacts of minority stress on the mental health of LGBTQ+ people as well as treatment issues relating to LGBTQ+ mental health. LGBTQ+ affirmative and trauma-informed clinical practices are also shared.
Emerging from the Margins: Identifying the Behavioral Health Needs of LGBTQ+ Midlife and Older Adults
Karen Fredriksen Goldsen (she/her)
Increasing diversity is a defining feature of the dramatic aging of the world-wide population. Research demonstrates that midlife and older adults from marginalized populations are at elevated risk of health disparities, include behavioral health risks. The National Institutes of Health and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify the lack of research on sexual orientation as one of the most pronounced gaps in health disparities research. In this webinar, Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen will discuss findings from the first federally-funded and largest longitudinal study, Aging with Pride: The National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS), addressing the health and well-being of midlife and older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) adults. Based on the Health Equity Promotion Model, Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen will examine behavioral health disparities in these populations as well as explore the interplay between risk and protective factors associated with mental health and substance use among LGBTQ+ midlife and older adults.
Implementing LGBTQ+ Strategies in Historically Resistant Organizations
Kevin Keegan (he/him)
Johanna Miller (she/her)
Organizations with historic or current resistance to working with LGBTQ+ individuals present an additional challenge to implementing an LGBTQ+ affirming approach. Over the past six years, Catholic Charities of Baltimore has met this challenge and has enacted a range of practices that support LGBTQ+ clients and staff, ultimately allowing for enhanced provision of services. A brief overview of Catholic Charities journey toward greater LGBTQ+ inclusion will be offered and strategies to address common barriers will be discussed.
Providing Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Children & Youth: Integrating FAP & TF-CBT
Caitlin Ryan (she/her)
Antonia Barba (she/her)
LGBTQ+ children and youth are at high risk for trauma that is both related to and unrelated to their identities. This webinar will discuss the integration of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most widely used trauma treatment model for children and youth worldwide, and the Family Acceptance Project (FAP), the first research and family support model to reduce risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ+ children and youth.
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