Learning Resources — Behavioral Health

Neurodiversity & Gender-Diverse Youth: An Affirming Approach to Care 2020

This publication provides insight from qualitative research and clinical experience into the unique experience of gender-diverse, neurodiverse youth.

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Behavioral Health Care for Transgender and Gender-diverse People

In this webinar, Dr. Alex Keuroghlian discusses behavioral health care for transgender and gender-diverse people at health centers. This session will contextualize mental health inequities across diagnostic categories within a gender minority stress framework, propose culturally responsive tailoring of evidence-based clinical practices, and offer strategies for building inclusive, affirming, and trauma-informed environments within health centers in order to optimize behavioral health outcomes.

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Neurodiversity and the Gender-diverse Experience

This webinar addresses the intersectionality of LGBTQIA+ identity and neurodiversity. Dr. Gerrit van Schalkwyk discusses psycho-social implications for people who are sexual and gender minorities and also neurodiverse, and also talks about how to best serve these individuals. Janet Barbieri of the Autism/Aspergers Network of New England (AANE) addresses social supports for LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse people and the importance of community opportunities and engagement for these individuals. AANE Speaker's Bureau panelist Kendrick Cronin describes his experience as an LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse person, and talks about what he needs from his healthcare providers and his community.

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Implicit and Provider Bias (2020)

In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health conference, Cei Lambert defines implicit bias, guides learners through acknowledging their own biases, describes common biases experienced by gender diverse people, and provides tips for self-care in the context of bias.

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Trauma-Informed Care for Transgender and Gender-Diverse People (2020)

In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health conference, Dr. Jennifer Potter discusses how traumatic experiences can interfere with the formation of therapeutic patient-provider relationships, and describes how a universal trauma-informed approach can enhance engagement of transgender and gender-diverse patients into care.

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Eating Disorders and Body Dissatisfaction

In this presentation, Dr. Stacy Hunt, and Kayti Protos, LICSW, discuss the interaction between gender dysphoria, gender minority stressors, and eating disorders. They will explain the core components of the Gender Minority Stress Model and its impact on body dissatisfaction and how to apply a gender-affirmative approach to traditional practices for working with body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders with transgender and gender expansive clients.

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Promoting the Behavioral Health of LGBTQ Older Adults

In collaboration with the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, The Fenway Institute has created clinical best practices for supporting the behavioral health of LGBTQ older adults. This brief discusses current research on aging LGBTQ people, their needs, and the role of health centers in providing medical and behavioral support to this population.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Black LGBTQ People

This publication explores the social determinants of health that uniquely affect LGBTQ people of color, and provides strategies and solutions for health centers seeking to better serve this population. The publication focuses on using the model of intersectionality as a way of viewing social determinants of health and guiding health care providers in how to …

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Behavioral Health Assessments and Referral for Gender-Affirming Surgery

In this webinar Dr. Ruben Hopwood discusses gender dysphoria, surgical options and eligibility criteria for gender-affirming surgery. It also addresses basic mental health assessments and how to write referral letters.

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Recognizing and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Relationships of LGBTQ People: A Primer for Health Centers

In this publication we discuss how to identify and discuss intimate partner violence (IPV) in sexual and gender minority communities. Intimate partner violence is defined and the particular circumstances that impact IPV within sexual and gender minority communities is addressed. We provide guidance on how to talk with patients who may be experiencing IPV, and offer resources for helping sexual and gender minorities in unsafe relationships.

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