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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 Youthan 8-session, manualized affirmative cognitive behavioral intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. We will provide aoverview of theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of AFFIRM. In particular, attendees will be introduced to the key factors contributing to mental health disparities among LGBTQ+ youthas 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 aAFFIRM 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.

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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.

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


Michael Dentato (he/him)

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.

Providing Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth in Schools


Mills Smith-Millman (they/them)

Youth spend most of their times in schools, and most youth who receive mental health services receive these services at school. LGBTQIA+ youth are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and suicide than their cisgender and/or heterosexual peers. Thus, it is critical for school-based mental health providers to understand the impact of sexuality and gender identity on mental health and be equipped with the necessary tools to support these students. Participants in this webinar will learn more about the increased risk of mental health difficulties in LGBTQIA+ populations as well as their experiences of safety and discrimination in school. Participants will also learn how to use affirming evidence-based practices to treat LGTQIA+ youth with mental health difficulties, including how to create cope ahead plans for big moments like coming out to family members or friends.

Advancing Black LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health: Contemporary Approaches to Understanding & Uprooting Intersectional Stigma to Promote Wellness


Skyler Jackson (he/him)

Accumulating research suggests that multiple, interlocking forms of stigma-related stress (e.g., racism, homophobia, transphobia) drive and maintain behavioral health disparities among Black LGBTQ individuals. Despite this knowledge, most research and clinical interventions related to stigma-related stress focus on one type of stigma (e.g., racism) in isolation from others (e.g., homophobia, transphobia). Intersectionality provides a framework to help researchers and clinicians better understand the multi-dimensional experiences of Black LGBTQ people, but the application of intersectionality to such empirical and clinical efforts remains in its infancy. To address this gap, this webinar includes emerging efforts to better understand and intervene upon links between intersectional stigma and aspects of behavioral health (e.g., mental health, HIV risk) among Black LGBTQ individuals.

Hidden from Happiness: The Epidemic of Sexual Minority Depression & the Science of the Closet


John Pachankis (he/him)

Chirstopher Bellonci (he/him)

All sexual minorities experience the closet – a period in which they recognize their sexual identity but have not disclosed it to significant others – and the majority of the world’s sexual minority population is likely closeted. This talk positions the closet as a central experience of sexual minority development that can exert a powerful and potentially lasting impact on mental health. The talk will present a developmental model of the closet’s influence on mental health, delineating the structural influences that shape one’s experience of the closet; the stressors that take place after one has become aware of their sexual orientation but has not yet disclosed it, which often takes place during the developmentally sensitive period of adolescence; and potential lifespan-persistent mental health effects of the closet, even among those who do ultimately come out. The talk will conclude with a discussion on implications for structural and clinical interventions.

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.


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