Introduction to LGBTQ+ Care
Speakers: Jennifer Thomson and Michelle Bridgman
This session is intended to introduce therapists to mental healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community, so that they may provide non-judgemental, informed support. Attendees will learn important terminology used in the LGBTQ+ community, including when and how to ask questions.
Psychoeducation around the science behind different genders and sexual identities, including the implication of a lack of community support, will be provided. Further, examples of ‘standard’ therapy types (such as CBT) will be used to showcase the application to many LGBTQ+ related issues. There will be a focus on theories of self and how they impact our understanding of gender identity, as well as the evolvement of trans identities.
The session will also provide therapists with information on the discovery process for LGBTQ+ individuals, and how they can help clients navigate the coming out process. More in-depth issues, such as trans care and access to gender-affirming surgery, will also be discussed. Attendees will also learn about legal and employment issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Introductory to Intermediate