CORE TRAINING CURRICULUM

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 (Each training is available in 2 and 3 hour formats and provides CEUs for Florida licensed Psychologists,Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, as well as ARNPs and RNs)

 

1. Building a Working Alliance with LGBT Clients

Especially valuable for clinicians new to this population, this interactive workshop equips the clinician with a practical understanding of the path of identity development for gays and lesbians. Participants will focus on the challenges and opportunities to building a working alliance with gay and lesbian clients. The working alliance is the key factor for success in the counseling room, whatever may be the presenting issues of gay and lesbian clients.

 

  • Identify the key challenges of building a gay identity and their impact on therapy.
  • Identify and contrast the values that a non-gay/lesbian identified therapist brings to treatment along with those that a gay/lesbian identified therapist brings.
  • Understand how to determine whether a presenting issue is central, or marginally related or not at all related to the client’s sexual orientation.
  • Identify the impact of bias on treatment and understand approaches to correction.

 

2. Essentials for Working with Gender Non-Conforming Clients

In this seminar we focus on the role of the mental health professional in assisting clients who experience distress about gender identity and expression.  We examine the clinical assumptions about “Gender Identity Disorder” in the DSM IVTR vs. “Gender Dysphoria” in DSM 5. And we critically reflect on the major standards of care documents for working with clients who are seeking some form of “transitioning” or “emerging” as that is understood by those who seek counseling.

 

  • Understand the limitations of binary gender identity models (male v female) especially when addressing the needs of gender non-conforming clients
  • Identify and critically understand the basic roles and expectations for therapists in the WPATH Standards of Care, 7th Edition.
  • Identify resources available for therapists working with gender non-conforming clients as well as resources for their clients

 

3.  Cross Cultural Care for LGBT Seniors

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors often hide their identity in settings where they must rely on care from outside their intimate circle of friends. Through the course of their lives many have been the victims of discrimination, even overt hostility and physical assault in the general public. Some studies indicate that nearly two thirds of LGBT seniors in social service settings have been victimized at least 3 times in their lives. Many also have experienced rejection and isolation from their own families of origin. Yet in their years of decline when they most need respect, understanding and compassion, many are afraid, lonely and hidden. This training has been designed to help caregivers in senior care facilities become more deeply aware of the special needs of this vulnerable group of seniors and to better equip caregivers to address those needs. Led and facilitated by clinical experts in LGBT care at SunServe, the training makes use of a variety of engaging and informative approaches to provide accurate and up to date information about this special group of patients. It is also designed to equip caregivers who, by the very nature of their calling, want to be more sympathetic, supportive and effective in their ways of caring for all seniors.

 

  • Understand the life history/backgrounds unique to many Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Seniors.
  • Identify the life-long impact of their experiences of rejection, discrimination, hostility and fear.
  • Understand the myths and the facts about not being straight.
  • Understand how to be a compassionate caregiver for Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Patients.
  • Know the resources in the community for caregivers and their Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Patients.

 

4. LGBTQ Youth and Families

 

This highly interactive training provides an opportunity for participants to hear firsthand from gay and lesbian youth about their experiences of coming to terms with their sexuality with family, friends, in schools and social settings.

  • Understand the key psycho-social issues affecting the development of personal identity for youth who are questioning their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Understand the key elements in the process of development of a gay/lesbian identityIdentify clinical strategies for assisting youth and families in coming to terms with questions about sexual orientation

 

Core Training for Clinical Facility Administrative Staff

Designed to assist administrative staff in their function of providing a culturally appropriate setting for LGBT care

 

1. Fundamentals of Alphabet Soup (Not a CEU course)

This highly interactive training will provide an opportunity for participants to hear and learn firsthand from gay and lesbian individuals about their experiences of coming to terms with their sexuality and gender identity with family, and friends, in schools and social settings.

 

  • Review basic terminology for LGBTQ individuals
  • Understanding difference between Gender Identity, Gender Expression & Sexual Orientation
  • Discuss specific risk factors for LGBTQ individuals
  • Learn ways to intervene in unsafe language & behavior
  • Learn resources for LGBTQ individuals

 

2. LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace (Not a CEU course)

 

Especially valuable for staff and administrators new to this population, this interactive workshop equips the staff and administrators with a practical understanding of the issues that LGBT individuals face in the workplace. Participants will focus on the challenges and opportunities to building a working alliance with gay and lesbian individuals. The working alliance is the key factor for success in the workplace, whatever may be the presenting issues of gay and lesbian individuals.

 

  • Understand issues faced by LGBTQ people in the workplace
  • Understand the role of business in dealing with LGBTQ issues
  • Working through potential workplace challenges
  • How to start being an effective Ally to LGBTQ individuals
  • Identify benefits of maintaining a diverse LGBTQ Proficient workforce
  • Identify resources for employers and LGBTQ job seekers

 

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