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LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in Healthcare –
Fundamentals of Working With LGBTQIA+ Individuals

Join us for a Live Webinar on October 13, 2022 from 1-3 pm EST
2 CE hours available for behavioral health clinicians

Nearly 1 in 4 transgender individuals have avoided seeking needed health care due to fear of discrimination and mistreatment at their provider’s office because of their gender identity.  In 2021, 45% of LGBTQIA+ youth across the United States said they had “seriously considered” suicide, while 14% had made at least 1 attempt.  For trans youth, that number was much higher.  Yet, 1 in 4 LGBTQIA+ youth said that they have been unable to access behavioral health care during the pandemic.  As clinicians and health care providers, we must do better.  This course is training for health care professionals of all disciplines and across treatment settings who are looking to better support  LGBTQIA+ individuals accessing services.  This training will provide an overview of essential terms and concepts and will focus on how to combat health care disparities for this population by increasing competencies for staff in the areas of trans-affirming practices and LGBTQIA+ representation.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Define terms associated with LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  • Describe how Bias & Microaggression can impact clinical care of LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  • Respond to LGBTQIA+ patients with empathy and compassion and be best prepared to meet their identified health care needs.

Chris McLaughlin is is presenting two webinars on October 13 and November 18.  Completion of both webinars offers participants the LGBTQIA+ Certificate.  You can enroll in the webinars individually or as a bundle for a reduced price of $90. Last chance to enroll in the bundle is midnight EST before the first event.

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Christopher McLaughlin
MSW, LCSW

Chris McLaughlin, MSW, LCSW, (he/him/his), is the Executive Director of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and owner of Inspired Consulting Group, LLC. He obtained his BA in Psychology and his MSW from the University of Maine. Chris has spent more than 20+ years as a provider and a leader in behavioral health services for youth and families across a variety of clinical settings. Chris is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine and Husson University in Bangor.

Additionally, Chris served for four years on the Maine Board of Social Work Licensing and is a member of both the NASW and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC), where he is the current Maine Chapter President, and he is a member of the National Board. Chris holds additional certifications from Cornell University. Nationally, he was SSWLHC’s 2019 recipient of the Eleanor Clark Award and was named Health Care Social Worker of the Year in 2019 by the Maine Hospital Association and the Maine Chapter of the SSWLHC. In 2020, Chris was awarded the Alumni of the Year distinction from the University of Maine School of Social Work.

For organizations seeking further guidance on LGBTQ+ issues, Chris offers a consultation service to walk organizations through essential competencies that move them closer toward being LGBTQ+ affirming providers. You can learn more about Chris’ professional background and interests here.

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