LGBTQIA people are more likely to develop a substance use disorder (SUD), and transgender individuals are more likely to seek treatment than the general population (NIDA, 2017). These individuals often refuse treatment or leave against medical advice due to misgendering and discrimination. Effective SUD treatment not only requires sound clinical skills, but cultural knowledge and humility to address the needs of this population. This discussion provides information on gender and sexual minorities and issues they encounter in treatment, legal requirements of these facilities, and ethical policies that can be put in place to provide a safe, learning opportunity for these individuals to process and grow. This presentation will also provide instructions on critical factors to consider when creating safe, effective healing environments and relationships with LGBTQIA patients.
Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. Live closed captioning is available and the captioning capabilities are in compliance with the practices defined in Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email email@example.com for specific information.