An Introduction to Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

  • 9/09/2019 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • True
  • FIVE Labs Midwest: 4123 Olympic Blvd. Erlanger
  • Carrie Ammerman
  • 6
  • Issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity are routinely not recognized and frequently not addressed in Behavioral Health Treatment.  LGBTQ+ individuals enter treatment programs with a unique set of challenges. Unaddressed, these issues all too often contribute to unsuccessful treatment outcomes.This didactic and experiential workshop will review the general constructs of sexual orientation and gender identity. It will explore the particular issues and life experiences of this frequently hidden minority that have contributed to the development of substance use and mental health disorders. Participants will become familiar with interventions specific to the LGBTQ+ individuals phase of identity development and will be introduced to ways of creating safe, supportive, affirming and inclusive treatment environments.