Working Effectively with Gender and Sexual Minorities

Working Effectively with Gender and Sexual Minorities 

Sexual and gender minorities are becoming more visible. This includes our colleagues and clients. The ethics code of major mental health organizations specifically states that we cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation. It is important that we learn how to interact with others without unintentional anti-gay or anti-trans behaviors. In this course, you will learn how to make your practices more affirmative by learning about the LGBTQQIA (LGBT) population, influences on LGBT individuals, couples, and families, increasing your self-awareness, LGBT resilience, and the foundations of working effectively with the LGBT population. This course will primarily focus on LGBT individuals, but the knowledge gained can be generalized and applied to anyone in the LGBTQQIA population. DSM™ and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators


Course approved by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators.
Provider # 50-290
This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.

California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators


Relias Learning is an approved provider of Continuing Education. Provider number: CP40 910 H 0318 for 2.50 CEHs.

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors


Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-BH1
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2020
Learning Objectives:
Recognize the prevalence of LGBT individuals, couples, and families.
Synthesize the complexity of sexual identity and gender identity.
Identify societal, family, internal, and clinical influences on the experiences of the LGBT population.
Assess your preparation for providing services to members of the LGBT community.
Examine and evaluate your practices and agency for LGBT affirmative practices.
Distinguish the strengths of LGBT clients who may present for services.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The LGBTQQIA Population A. Ramon B. What is LGBTQQIA? C. Terms to Avoid D. Prevalence E. Review F. Summary Section 3: LGBT: More than Just… A. LGB: More than Just Sex B. The Kinsey Scale C. Models of Sexual Identity Development D. Self-Identification Is Personal E. T: More than Just Genitalia F. Cognitive Processing G. Sex and Gender H. Transgender Self-Identification I. Crossdresser and Drag Kings and Queens J. Transsexual K. Transitioning L. Sex-Reassignment Surgery M. Transgender Children N. Transgender Adolescents O. Cisgender P. Appropriate Pronouns Q. Review R. Summary Section 4: Influences on the Queer Population A. Societal Influences B. Homophobia C. Microaggressions D. Discrimination E. Violence F. Transgender Violence G. Internal Influences H. Clinical Influences I. Religion J. Review K. Summary Section 5: Special Concerns for Specific LGBT Sub-Groups A. Special Concerns for Youth B. Youth and Victimization C. Youth and Homelessness D. Youth and Suicide E. Special Concerns for Older Adults F. Social Invisibility and Life Course G. Financial Concerns H. Housing I. End-of-Life Decisions J. Special Concerns for Couples K. Children L. Adoption M. Mixed-Orientation Marriages N. Trans-Identified Couples O. Special Concerns the Families P. LGBT Children Q. Transgender Children R. Review S. Summary Section 6: Where Do We Learn? A. Education B. Professional Journals C. Workshops and Conferences D. Clinical Experience E. Personal Experience F. Review G. Summary Section 7: What Clients Want A. Affirmative Services B. Knowledge C. Stereotypes and Assumptions D. Invisibility Management E. Coming Out F. Individuals G. Families H. Review I. Summary Section 8: Becoming LGBTQQIA Affirmative A. Deconstructing Heterosexism B. Affirmative Practices C. Preparing Your Space D. Training E. Obtaining Client Information F. Resilience G. Review H. Summary Section 9: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Instructor: Mary Sue Green, Ph.D., LMFT-S
Mary Sue Green earned her Ph.D. in human development and family studies from Iowa State University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor. She works full-time as a substance abuse counselor for Helen Farabee Centers, is the owner of Room to Grow: Therapy, Supervision, Consultation, PLLC, and teaches as an adjunct professor for Capella University’s Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy program. She has received grant funding and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on diversity issues, mentoring, therapist self-awareness, sexuality, and infidelity. She has presented at state and national conferences on ethics, substance abuse, sexual orientation and gender identity, supervision, and working with same-sex couples. Disclosure: Mary Sue Green, Ph.D., LMFT-S has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry level Nurses; entry level Professional Counselors; entry level Psychologists; entry level Social Workers; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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