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The SunServe Institute
Fostering Clinical and Cultural Competencies in Service to the LGBT Community
Education and Training


All SunServe training programs are delivered by seasoned educational, communications and clinical professionals with substantial expertise in addressing the needs of the LGBTQ community. In addition, each training:

Benefits education, management, human relations and clinical professionals as well as support
         and customer service line staff at any level of experience serving the LGBTQ community.
Increases competency and confidence.
Includes bibliographies and websites linking to the best resources.
Includes innovative, interactive and participatory designs.
Provides opportunities to network and share experiences.
Identifies community resources for staff and clients.


We custom design our cultural competency training packages to meet the needs of various non-profit and for profit companies, agencies and corporations. That package can include specialized training for front line and support staff as well as administrative, human resources professionals and supervisory personnel.

SunServe’s commitment does not stop when the training workshops end. We always make ourselves available to the agencies and organizations we train for ongoing organizational consultation to assist leadership teams in becoming more LGBT competent through policy and procedures alignment to the best practices for LGBT inclusiveness and quality care.

We also frequently serve as clinical consultants for staff in various agencies seeking professional assistance for specific case needs, whether it is a family struggling with the coming out process or a facility seeking the best way to serve the needs of a gender variant resident.

Costs: Contracts are customized according to needs and size of the organization requesting the training


These programs are designed especially for, and limited to, clinicians and students in the helping professions. -

1. Clinical Competencies Curriculum: Mental Health specialists have the opportunity to gain fundamental understanding of central issues in clinical care of LGBT clients. Training sessions are designed to address central topics in competency guidelines prepared by American Psychological Association Division 44 and American Counseling Association’s ALGBTIC.

          a. Regular training sessions at SunServe and other locations
          b. Annual Professionals Conference (2nd weekend in November)

2. On Site Clinical Placement Program:
          a. Student practicum placement. SunServe has contractual relationships with various graduate programs in the helping professions for advanced student placements.
          b. Florida registered internship placement (Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and MFT). In exchange for supervision toward licensure, in-service agency specific training and free participation in all SunServe training programs and case conferencing, SunServe expects a minimum of 6 clinical face to face contacts with SunServe clients per week.

Clinical training activities are $10 - 20 per CEU for clinical trainings. Case conference participation is by invitation only. Licensed therapists may contract for the full 30 hours required for licensure renewal (including Prevention of Medical Errors and Ethics) and 2 years participation in monthly conferences at a total package rate of $650. Conclusion of this training packing includes listing of therapist’s practice on the SunServe website. SunServe registered interns participate free in all these activities

Most of SunServe’s training opportunities provide CEUs for all mental health professionals (Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists and School Psychologists). In addition most trainings provide CEUs for RNs, ARNPs, LPNs and CNAs. Training CEUs are automatically reported to the state boards through CEBroker. SunServe is CEBroker Provider #50-5251.

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SunServe's LGBTQ Certification
LGBTQ Certified
Have your agency or business complete SunServe’s LGBTQ Consultation and Certification Training Package.

Our community partners are committed to providing culturally relevant service to the gay community of South Florida. The custom-tailored training package completed by each business listed below included:

(1) a cultural sensitivity assessment of business documents and procedures,
(2) a full set of interactive trainings for administration and frontline staff,
(3) and SunServe’s continued support in maintaining and marketing newfound competency in service provision to the LGBTQ community.

Call Bryan Wilson at 954.764.5150 for information on a custom training package today!

Go to the Links page to see current list of LGBTQ Certified Businesses.

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For more information contact:

Jim Lopresti, PhD, LMHC
Director of Clinical Education,
Senior Clinical Supervisor

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