Mental Health Care for LGBTQIA+ People

Training Description:

Module 1: Creating an Inclusive and Affirming Environment for LGBTQIA+ Patients and Clients

This module will cover: foundational concepts and terminology related to gender identity, sexual orientation and sex development; how to mitigate the adverse impact of anti-LGBTQIA+ implicit bias; sensitive and effective communication with LGBTQIA+ people; collecting patient sexual orientation and gender identity information; and how to foster an inclusive and affirming mental health care environment for LGBTQIA+ people.

Module 2: Mental Health Care for LGBTQIA+ People

This module will cover: the sexual and gender minority stress and resilience framework; mental health disparities experienced by LGBTQIA+ people in the context of stigma and discrimination; how to provide culturally responsive and evidence-based mental health care that is tailored for LGBTQIA+ people.

Module 3: Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People

This module will cover: gender affirmation and the mental health benefits of a gender-affirming care approach; best practices in mental health care for transgender and gender diverse people across diagnostic categories; the importance of an informed consent-based approach that prioritizes patient autonomy rather than psychiatric gatekeeping of gender-affirming care.

Module 4: Serious Mental Illness and Trauma

This module will focus on an in-depth case scenario to illustrate how we assess and care for patients in the setting of serious mental illness, trauma, substance use disorders, and societal stigma and discrimination.

Training Objectives:

After participating in this training participants will be able to:

Module 1

  1. Explain foundational concepts and terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identity. 
  2. Describe how stigma and discrimination lead to health disparities for LGBTQIA+ people. 
  3. Apply best practices for building an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ people. 

Module 2

  1. List mental health inequities across diagnostic categories within a sexual and gender minority stress and resilience framework.
  2. Describe culturally responsive tailoring of evidence-based clinical practices for sexual and gender minority people.
  3. Apply strategies for building inclusive, affirming, and trauma-informed health care environments to optimize mental health outcomes for sexual and gender minority people.

Module 3

  1. Explain mental health inequities across diagnostic categories within a sexual and gender minority stress and resilience framework.
  2. Describe culturally responsive tailoring of evidence-based clinical practices for sexual and gender minority people.
  3. Apply strategies for building inclusive, affirming, and trauma-informed health care environments to optimize mental health outcomes for sexual and gender minority people.

Module 4

  1. Describe the intersections of gender identity and SMI through the lens of trauma-informed, culturally affirming care
  2. Apply learning to clinical settings with complex cases involving gender diversity and severe mental health concerns

Continuing Education Credits:

Discipline Approval Statement
Licensed Social Worker  
Licensed Psychologist  
MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor  
MA Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor  
MA Registered Nurse  
MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  
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Please allow 3-4 weeks for email delivery of any CE Credit certificates from Berkshire AHEC, the CE Credit provider.