Learning Resources — Webinars in Behavioral Health

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)

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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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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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Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ communities

In this webinar, Xavier Quinn will explore the dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) when LGBTQ individuals are involved. This includes exploring tactics of abuse that are unique to LGBTQ communities and the culturally-specific needs of LGBTQ survivors. This webinar will also share best practices for working with LGBTQ survivors of IPV and culturally-specific resources.

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Providing Mental Health Assessments for Gender Affirming Surgery Referral Letters

In this webinar, Sarah Eley, LICSW will discuss the process of providing mental health assessments for transgender and gender diverse people who are seeking a letter(s) of referral for gender affirming surgeries.  Guidance will be provided on the steps within an assessment as well as considerations for administrative systems which can ease the process. The webinar will also address the presence of the power differential and providing assessments from a gender informed and affirming perspective.

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Behavioral Health Care for Transgender Adults

In this webinar, Dr. Keuroghlian will discuss behavioral health care needs for transgender adults and best practices, including adaptation of a minority stress framework in clinical practice, treatment for depression and anxiety, addressing substance use disorders, implementing principles of trauma-informed care, and considerations related to suicide prevention. The webinar will also address the role that behavioral health clinicians play in the gender affirmation process.

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Best Practices in Behavioral Health for Sexual Minority Women

In this webinar, Jane Powers discusses health disparities and risk factors among sexual minority women and how lack of culturally affirming care impacts health outcomes. She also highlights strategies that can be used to address implicit provider bias in care for sexual minority women.

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