In August, mental health providers around the Metro Detroit area will gain access to the latest professional training to assist in providing quality care to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. Affirmations, Metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people & their allies (LGBT), has developed a series of four three-hour trainings for mental health professionals, each focusing on a different aspect of one’s sexual or gender identity.
Topics include: Working with Transgender Youth and Their Families, led by Antonia Caretto, PhD., PLLC; The Role of Christianity in Sexual Identity Development, led by Robert Martin, D. Min., LPC; Culturally Competent Practice with African American LGB Youth, led by Amorie Robinson, PhD, LP and Michelle Anderson, MSW; and Counseling LGBT Parents and Their Children, led by Fran Brown, PsyD., LP. Continuing Education Credits are offered for each of the four, three-hour trainings.
“Many LGBT people have been unintentionally harmed by well-meaning therapists who are have not been trained specifically on issues significant to the LGBT population, including co-occurring conditions, long-term effects of social stigma, and the effects of legal inequities,” said Lydia Hanson, Affirmations’ Health and Wellness Manager. “Our summer series offers a deeper look at some of the most vulnerable within the LGBT community, including youth, people on the transgender spectrum, and people of color.”
The series builds on two core trainings developed last year offering 12 continuing credits each, one focusing on clinical issues and sexual orientation and one focusing on clinical issues and gender identity. Both trainings were full and illustrated the need for additional training beyond the core training. The next two-day training, Clinical Issues & Sexual Orientation, will be held on November 15 and 16.
Affirmations’ mental health trainings are sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, Oakland University, NASW-MI, Birmingham Maple Clinic, Lawrence Wentworth & Associates; Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy, Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Bloomfield Counseling, PC, Jane E. Kelly, PhD and Sideline Counseling.
Affirmations, open since 1989, is located in the Detroit Suburb of Ferndale and provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and have fun. To learn more please visit www.GoAffirmations.org.