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Thursday, May 3rd 2018

An Introduction to LGBTQ and the Mental and Emotional Health Needs of the LGBTQ Community

Facilitator: Devan Nambiar, MSc.
presented by SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

This Training is Suitable for: Mental health professionals, medical professionals, students, direct service workers, counsellors, and therapists.

Description: This interactive workshop provides an overview of LGBTQ from a global perspective. Through this workshop, participants will learn how to develop culturally competent practices that will enable them to provide effective services and programs to LGBTQ communities. Participants will learn the difference between sex and gender, sexual orientation and sexual behavior, gender identities and gender expressions, along with social stigma, shame, discrimination, and its effects on the mental and emotional health of this community. Health disparities and intersectional identities will be covered. Participants will also learn self-reflective practices, and how to counsel LGBTQ via a biopsychosocial lens.

Session 1: Introduction to LGBTQ and Health Needs:

The interactive workshop provides an overview of LGBTQ in North America and a global perspective. The session addresses the myths and stereotypes, history of LGBTQ, assumptions, exploring the differences between sexual behavior versus sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expressions and health needs of LGBTQ communities. the participants will explore various LGBTQ terms and definitions, case scenarios and the impact of homo/bi/trans phobia on health. Participants will learn of culturally competent practices and how to provide good care. the session uses a blended learning style utilizing didactic, videos, quiz/exercises and case scenarios.

Session 2: Mental and Emotional Health of LGBTQ

Canadian studies show that LGBTQ people report higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, poorer self-perceived mental health status, and higher rates of lifetime suicidality relative to heterosexuals. This session will focus on gender independent children (GIC), youth and young adults. We will explore puberty blockers and GIC, LGBTQ youth and mental and emotional health disparities, including substance use and importance of family support. This workshop explores how social stigma, shame and discrimination can affect LGBTQ people's mental and emotional health, including how external negative situations become internalized and how unhealth coping strategies can develop. Participants will also learn about practical and psychological supports that can protect the individual and promote resilience. Presentation includes didactic, interactive exercises, videos and case studies will provide participants with evidence-based learning, new strategies and skills.

Learning Objectives for Session 1:

Explore the difference between sex and gender, sexual orientation and sexual behavior, gender identittes and gender expressions
Inclusive Intake forms and inclusive language
Increase confidence to provide cultural competent services and programs to LGBTQ communities
Learning Objectives for Session 2:

Learn of the health disparities and intersectional identities
Self-reflection (values, attitudes, beliefs), analysis and counselling LGBTQ via biopsychosocial lens
Provide culturally competent healthcare and social services

For more information (fees, registration, directions) click here .

About the Facilitator:

Devan Nambiar, MSc. coordinates Rainbow Health Ontario's (RHO) training and education initiatives and delivers most of RHO's core trainng. He has been working in the LGBTQ and ethno-racial MSM/HIV sector for 20 years. He was one of the co-investigators of the national Trans*Needs Assessment Project, Canadian AIDS Society (2013-2015). In 2015, he co-authored an education module for healthcare providers: Cancer Screening and LGBTQ Communities (MainPro-M2 credits). During his employment at CATIE (1996-2008), he co-authored four manuals for people living with HIV. In 2008, Devan was one of the Co-principal investigator of Improving the Capacity of the HIV Sector to respond to the Ethno-Racial MSM: Tapping Front-Line Expertise and Wisdom, OHTN.

In his professinal capacity, Devan is a guest lecturer at medical schools and school of pharmacy on LGBTQ cultural and clinical health. In addition, he provides input on community based research and has served on numerous boards and Ethics Review Board.


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