Lyndsay Smith (she/her)
Jabari Lyles (he/him)
Sexual Orientation & Behavioral Health 101
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.
Lyndsay Smith (she/her)
Ezra Halstead (they/them and he/him)
Gender Identity, Expression & Behavioral Health 101
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.
Angela Weeks (she/her)
Understanding Anti-LGBTQ+ Bias
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.
Ashley Austin (she/her)
Shelley Craig (she/her)
AFFIRM Youth: Overview, Evidence & Steps for Becoming a Site
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.
Justine Larson (she/her)
Christopher Bellonci (he/him)
Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis & Clinical Considerations for Children & Youth
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.
Ashley Austin (she/her)
Ryan Papciak (he/him)
Gender Dysphoria in Adults: Moving Beyond Diagnosis & Toward Affirmative Practice
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.
Toni Donnelly (she/her)
Linda Mitchell (she/her)
Vida Khavar (she/her)
Partnering with Families of LGBTQ+ Youth
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.
Jill Levenson (she/her)
Shelley Craig (she/her)
Translating Trauma-informed Care Principles into Practice with LGBTQ+ Clients
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.
Edward Alessi (he/him)
Minority Stress & its Impacts on Mental Health
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.
Karen Fredriksen Goldsen (she/her)
Emerging from the Margins: Identifying the Behavioral Health Needs of LGBTQ+ Midlife & Older Adults
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.
Kevin Keegan (he/him)
Johanna Miller (she/her)
Implementing LGBTQ+ Strategies in Historically Resistant Organizations
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.
Caitlin Ryan (she/her)
Antonia Barba (she/her)
Providing Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Children & Youth: Integrating FAP & TF-CBT
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.
Michael Dentato (he/him)
The SBIRT Model: Assessing Alcohol & Substance Use among LGBTQ+ Populations
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.
Mills Smith-Millman (they/them)
Providing Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth in Schools
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.
Skyler Jackson (he/him)
Advancing Black LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health: Contemporary Approaches to Understanding & Uprooting Intersectional Stigma to Promote Wellness
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.
John Pachankis (he/him)
Chirstopher Bellonci (he/him)
Hidden from Happiness: The Epidemic of Sexual Minority Depression & the Science of the Closet
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.
Edward Alessi (he/him)
Sarilee Kahn (she/her)
A Framework for Clinical Practice with LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers
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.
Alyssa Fenix (she/her)
Finn Gratton (they/them)
Providing Inclusive, Accessible Supports for LGBTQ+ Youth & Young Adults with Disabilities
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 examines 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.
America Islas (she/ella)
Providing Culturally Responsive Mental Health Services to Latinx LGBTQ+ Folx
This webinar give context to the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity faced by Latinx LGBTQ+ communities. The presenter explores Latinx culture while examining how LGBTQ+ identities and mental health are perceived within the culture. The presenter also shares knowledge to assist with transitioning from rejecting behaviors to affirming, culturally responsive best practices when providing mental health care to the Latinx LGBTQ+ community.
Darquita Fletcher (she/her)
Lauren Wethers Coggins (she/her)
Leah Love (she/her)
Lawrence Bryant (he/him)
Embracing Culturally Responsive Programs and Practices for Black and African American LGBTQ+ People
This 90-minute webinar and panel discusses culturally adapting behavioral health practices for Black and African American LGBTQ+ people. The first 30 minutes details a systematic review findings on what types of evidence-based culturally responsive programs are effective in behavioral health services, followed by a 60-minute discussion from providers who have adapted their practices to meet the needs of their Black and African American LGBTQ+ clients.
Angela Weeks (she/her)
Creating Affirming Environments and Supporting Disclosure of SOGIE
Angela Weeks (she/her)
Supporting Families of LGBTQ+ Students
This presentation provides helpful tips on working with families and other caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth. Some families may struggle to understand their child or youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Some may fear rejection from their own communities or fear what the future may hold for their family. During this session, attendees will hear about the importance of family support, strategies for helping families process their feelings, and promising programs that are making strides towards creating evidence-based programs for families of LGBTQ+ youth. The 45-minute presentation is followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
Angela Weeks (she/her)
Safety Planning for LGBTQ+ Students
This session provides information on safety planning with LGBTQ+ youth. Safety planning is a protective measure that can be implemented with youth in situations that may lead to distress and crisis — from disclosing their identities to engaging in gender-segregated activities. This session covers: (1) assessment of available supports for LGBTQ+ youth; (2) anticipation of challenges LBGTQ+ youth may face in distressing situations; and (3) tools that can help youth cope through difficult times. The 45-minute presentation is followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
Matthew Malouf (he/him)
Katharine Dalke (she/they)
All About the I: Intersex Inclusion
This webinar provides an overview of issues impacting individuals with intersex variations across the lifespan and provides guidance for service providers on how to work with individuals and families as they navigate systems of care. Participants will learn key facts about intersex variations as well as the history of intersex health care in the United States. Important terms that will be defined include, but are not limited to: intersex, differences of sex development, endosex, and shared decision making. Physical health, behavioral health, and quality of life outcomes will be reviewed, and will include a discussion of best practices to support and center individuals with intersex variations in their care throughout the lifespan. Additionally, an exploration of advocacy, family and community needs and resources, and representation in pop culture will enrich participants’ understanding of these individuals’ experiences.
Rajeev Ramchand (he/him)
Lynsay Ayer (she/her)
Suicide in Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Adults: Epidemiologic Trends & Strategies for Prevention
Suicide is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, with over 40,000 Americans ending their lives each year. After a brief discussion of data limitations on sexual and gender identity, this presentation provides an overview of the recent data on suicide rates and risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults. It also discusses how risk of suicide among LGB adults differs by gender, race/ethnicity, and age. Following the discussion of epidemiologic trends, the presentation reviews evidence-based approaches for reducing suicide risk, ranging from public policies to clinical practices. It ends with a discussion on clinical and research priorities to strengthen suicide prevention for LGB adults.
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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.
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