Professional Workshop: The Risk of Being Yourself: The Ethical Case for Providing Effective Care to LGBTQIA+ Individuals

Join us for a Professional Workshop for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals!

The Risk Of Being Yourself: The Ethical Case For Providing Effective Care To LGBTQIA+ Individuals

Presenter: Liam Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C, Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD

LGBTQIA+ individuals possess the unique experience of finding one’s self against all odds. With the widening of awareness and interest in serving LGBTQIA+ individual s, there is a need to equip healthcare and mental health providers with modernized information on how to effectively and ethically engage with these populations. After all, our code of ethics insists that we prioritize equity in care, aspire toward cultural competence, and transcend stigma through the recognition of the inherent worth and dignity of people. Additionally, there is a need to break apart the acronym and to recognize the resilience and nuanced distinctions between LGBTQIA+ populations. Lastly, there is a need to recognize that each proverbial developmental stage comes with a new task and a new crucible moment that may simultaneously involve self -awareness and the consequences of self-disclosure. In this training, the presenter aims to provide attendees with thoughtful and authentic insights about the challenges of being and serving LGBTQIA+ populations and understand the importance of utilizing a strengths and resiliency framework to provide care.

Learning Objectives
After this lecture, registrants will be able to:

  1. Discuss an overview of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  2. Identify challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals within both a trauma-informed care and minority stress framework.
  3. Define key ethical challenges related to the provision of care.
  4. Explain recommendations and best practices to effective engagement and care.


General Registration: $75

Employees of Sheppard Pratt and Affiliate Agencies Registration: Free

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Approval Statements:

This series is approved for 12.0 credits for attending all 4 professional workshops (September 30, October 28, November 18, December 16).

Psychologist Statement: Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing education. Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this continuing education activity. Sheppard Pratt designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 contact hours for Psychologists.

Social Worker Statement: Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland to offer continuing education for Social Workers. Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this continuing education activity. This activity is approved for 3.0 contact hours in Category I Ethics credits for Social Workers.

Counselor Statement: Sheppard Pratt has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5098. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Sheppard Pratt is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This activity is available for 3.0 NBCC clock hours.