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Into the Rainbow: Exploring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Practice

April 10 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 Diversity CEU's Presenter: Timothy Elliott, LCSW-C Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

All of us hold a myriad of identities, including a sexual orientation and gender identity. This discussion-based workshop will explore how mental health clinicians can better support their clients living in the margins of these identities. We will examine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ) concepts and terminology through the lens of cultural humility. The workshop will highlight social and health disparities faced by the LGBTQ community and examine specific supportive factors. Clinicians will explore strategies for helping their clients navigate experiences of non-acceptance, family rejection, and discrimination. The discussion will also provide an overview of resources, both for the clinician and their clients, in helping all people live their true and authentic selves. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and experiences in to this collaborative learning environment. Time will be provided for discussion.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe an overview of LGBTQ concepts and terminology
  • Explore the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex
  • Recognize specific experiences of LGBTQ people within our communities and therapeutic settings, including health and social disparities
  • Examine clinical considerations for providing affirming and ethical care to LGBTQ individuals
  • Provide relevant resources for clinicians and clients


8:45 AM – 10:30 AM

  1. Define sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, biological sex
  2. Gender and Sexual Identity Development

10:30 – 10:40 AM – Break

10:40 – 12:00 PM

  1. Health Disparities
  2. Supportive Factors
  3. LGBTQ terminology overview

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM

  1. Names & Pronouns
  2. Coming Out
  3. Navigating Confidentiality

2:30 -2:40 PM – Break

2:40 – 4:00 PM

  1. Resources for Clinicians
  2. Resources for Clients
    • Adults
    • Youth & Families
  3. Q & A
Exploring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
"Most practitioners can benefit from training about gender Identity and sexual orientation. Our knowledge, skills and cultural humility could deepen for us as practitioners and as people who inhabit a society that's trying to grow." ― Kathy Sirota, LCSW-C

"This workshop was extremely informative. It provided clarity on terminology and best practices for LGBTQ clients, which is exactly what I was looking for. The presenter was knowledgeable and attuned to the needs of the clinicians who came to learn. I would highly recommend this workshop!" ― Julia Greene, LCPC

"Very informative workshop led by a facilitator who was genuinely open, inviting of questions and gave helpful details. He stated he was Rogerian and he walked his talk as he encouraged us to be our authentic, fluid selves." ― Nancy Moonstarr, PhD