Intersectional Clinical Practice With Diverse LGBTQ+ Populations

February 13 9:00 am


Columbia School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

Despite a recent growth in social acceptance and legislative advances related to sexual and gender minority needs, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer + (LGBTQ+) population continues to experience higher rates of health, mental health, and substance use issues than the general population. The experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals can be situated in the context of dominant cis-heterosexist, racist, and classist socio-cultural discourses and institutional structures that render them vulnerable towards various health disparities. As a result, LGBTQ+ individuals present with rapidly expanding service needs within locations that are central to clinical practice.

This workshop is designed to prepare clinicians for culturally-competent and resilience practice with the LGBTQ+ population while taking into consideration the intersection of age, race/ethnicity, class, religion among other social statuses. The workshop will cover the unique stressors faced by diverse LGBTQ+ individuals that explain the health, mental health, and substance use disparities within the population. Participants will also develop strategies for culturally-competent screening, assessment, intervention, and referrals with LGBTQ+ clients.

Workshop Description
This one-day workshop is designed to be highly interactive to promote experiential learning particularly as relates to the use of active experimentation and abstract conceptualization within lectures, case studies, group work, and discussion as well as the use of reflective observation related to one’s own personal and clinical work experiences with LGBTQ+ clients. The workshop will accommodate for a variety of learning styles including related to auditory forms of learning (e.g., lecture, oral presentations, discussion) and visual forms of learning (e.g., video, visual aid, charts, symbols).