Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals

providers-guide-coverThe YMSM + LGBT Center of Excellence & the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force would like to announce a training titled, “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”. This course is a new full-day training, which is intended for any providers in contact with LGBT individuals (including MH and SUD clinicians, HIV providers, State, Local and County governments employees, Primary care providers, Public health practitioners, Prevention specialists, Community based organizations, School teachers and counselors). The full-day curriculum consists of seven training modules, beginning with an introduction to key terms followed by a module on cultural considerations, and concluding with treatment considerations for clinical work. The other four modules address the needs of transgender, lesbian, gay men, MSM, and bisexual individuals.


Training Modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Cultural Considerations
  • Module 3: Addressing the Needs of Transgender Individuals
  • Module 4: Addressing the Needs of Lesbian Individuals
  • Module 5: Addressing the Needs of Gay Men/MSM Individuals
  • Module 6: Addressing the Needs of Bisexual Individuals
  • Module 7: Considerations for Clinical Work with LGBT Individuals

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two factors that might contribute to substance use among LGBT clients.
  2. Identify two barriers for health screening and check-ups for LGBT clients.
  3. Identify two health issues/behaviors for which LGBT clients have a higher risk.
  4. Identify two ways service providers can create affirming environments for LGBT people.
  5. Identify one treatment approach that has been shown effective with LGBT populations.
  6. Define “cultural humility” and explain how it differs from “cultural competency.”
  7. Identify two strategies for creating culturally affirming interactions.

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