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Common LGBTQIA+ Issues in Psychotherapy: Supporting Our Clients

This course identifies strategies for mental health providers to support LGBTQIA+ clients in therapy. It defines the LGBTQIA+ acronym and describes common LGBTQIA+ terminology. Issues impacting the well-being of sexually minoritized clients are detailed, including discrimination and stigma, mental health disparities, and unique stressors such as internalized homophobia. Supportive clinical practices with LGBTQIA+ are illustrated, such as creating an affirming therapeutic environment and building a therapeutic alliance. Strategies for navigating supportive family conversations are detailed.

 

Author:  Dr. Elizabeth Ruegg
Dr. Elizabeth Ruegg is a faculty member in the MSW program at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida. She completed an undergraduate degree at Marymount College and earned an MSW at Fordham University. She completed her doctoral training at Simmons University in Massachusetts. Her doctoral research focused on the mechanisms of effectiveness in canine-assisted psychotherapy. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified addictions professional, a clinical traumatologist, a college and university suicide prevention specialist, a certified animal-assisted intervention specialist, and a certified animal-assisted psychotherapist. Dr. Ruegg authors a monthly blog on Psychology Today about animal-assisted psychotherapy.

Course Information: 
Relevance and Target Audience:  This course is designed for master’s level counselors and social workers, addiction professionals, and nurses who work with individuals in the LGTBQIA+ population.
Content level:  Intermediate
Course Format:  This course is offered as a self-paced distance learning format (reading-based online activity)
System Requirements:  This course is offered online.  Internet connection required.
Course Completion Information:  To earn continuing education credit, professionals must register and pay the fee for the course.  They must read the content and demonstrate understanding by earning a minimum score of 70 percent on testing materials.  The certificate of completion will be able to be downloaded after the above is completed. Refunds will be granted upon request with the withdrawal of credit for the course.
For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please call 866-863-4225 or email [email protected].

CEBroker Provider Number:  50-204
CEBroker Course ID: 20-1155522
CEBroker Provider Number:  50-32249
CEBroker Course ID:  20-1155512

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