Overcoming Barriers to LGBTQ+ Affirming Behavioral Health Services

Green Clock Hours: 1.50

A 2020 Gallup poll found that 5.6% of adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or another sexual or gender identity (LGBTQ+; Jones, 2021). This is an increase from 4.5% in 2017 (Newport, 2018). When these increasing numbers are considered in light of health disparities found among LGBTQ+ populations (e.g., increased rates of mental health problems, suicidality, and substance use disorders), the critical need for trained professionals who can deliver competent, culturally relevant, affirming care becomes apparent. Yet sadly, the need for such training has not translated to a behavioral health workforce that is confident to routinely meet the needs of sexual and gender minority individuals.

This course will help you to improve your ability to understand the unique needs of LGBTQ+ populations and provide affirming care that addresses those needs. We will review some foundational terms and issues pertaining to inclusive language, discuss the barriers that individuals frequently encounter when attempting to access healthcare, and strategies you can implement to help individuals overcome such barriers.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with information on understanding, supporting, and advocating for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.



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A 2020 Gallup poll found that 5.6% of adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or another sexual or gender identity (LGBTQ+; Jones, 2021). This is an increase from 4.5% in 2017 (Newport, 2018). When these increasing numbers are considered in light of health disparities found among LGBTQ+ populations (e.g., increased rates of mental health problems, suicidality, and substance use disorders), the critical need for trained professionals who can deliver competent, culturally relevant, affirming care becomes apparent. Yet sadly, the need for such training has not translated to a behavioral health workforce that is confident to routinely meet the needs of sexual and gender minority individuals.

This course will help you to improve your ability to understand the unique needs of LGBTQ+ populations and provide affirming care that addresses those needs. We will review some foundational terms and issues pertaining to inclusive language, discuss the barriers that individuals frequently encounter when attempting to access healthcare, and strategies you can implement to help individuals overcome such barriers.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human services settings with information on understanding, supporting, and advocating for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.



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