Meeting the Mental Health Needs of LGBTQ+ Clients

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of LGBTQ Clients

Time: 1-3 hours

Due to systematic heterosexism/cissexism, on-going societal discrimination and legal inequalities the LGBTQ+ client brings a unique set of challenges to the therapeutic relationship. Fear and distrust of the mental health community, which previously viewed LGBTQ+ people as mentally ill, continues to create an environment where LGBTQ+ clients are more likely to delay seeking care and are less likely to trust in the process. This interactive presentation will offer participants statistics on depression and suicide rates in the LGBTQ+ community, tips for being respectful in our language and best-practices for creating welcoming and inclusive spaces. This training can also be tailored to include information on drug and alcohol addictions and intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ+ communities.

Feedback from Meeting the Mental Health Needs of LGBTQ+ Clients in Rochester (December 2017)

“I was surprised with how open-minded she was with viewpoints opposed/ignorant to what it is like to be transgender.”

“Awesome”

“Passion, honesty, candid sharing, knowledge. I enjoyed how positive she was.”

“Nothing could have made this better. Everything was great.”

“I enjoyed the entire presentation. Thanks for being so open and honest.”

“The personal stories were both beautiful and created a very welcome, non-judgmental environment. Amazing presentation.”

100% of the participants from this presentation rated both the training and our facilitator “very good” to “excellent.”

For more information or to request a presentation please contact education@outalliance.org or 585-244-8640.