Working with LGBTQ Youth: Suicide and Substance Use Disorder

A Recorded Webinar

Recorded on Friday, July 29, 2022 

Register to Watch: On-Demand Recording 
Download: PowerPoint Slides 
CE Credit: Online CE Quiz 
Transcript: Closed Captioning Transcript
Reference List: Presentation References 
InstructionsAccess to Online CE Quiz and Certificate Instructions
Answers: Live Event Q & A (coming soon...)
Agenda: Webinar Agenda

In this webinar, participants will become aware of rates of suicide and substance use disorder among the LGBTQ population. Participants will also learn predictors and stressors unique to the population as well as obtain resources and applications available for immediate use.


Derrick Johnson, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, MAC, NCC, is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research area is disenfranchised grief experienced by support persons of those living with addiction. He has co-authored published articles in both the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling and Counseling Today Magazine. He is the Executive and Clinical Director of NorthStar Clinical Services in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. He also maintains a private practice where he works with issues surrounding addiction, grief and loss, LGBTQ issues, and trauma.

Michael Spivey, MA, LCMHC, NCC, works as a Mental Health Clinician and is the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Lenoir-Rhyne University. His areas of special interest include college, career, bereavement, and LGBTQIA+ counseling, as well as research in the LGBTQIA+ arena. Spivey holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Counseling, as well as a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University in Education and Human Resource Development. Spivey is also a Certified Professional Facilitator Emeritus (CPF | E) and a Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Administrator. He is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences regarding substance use and the LGBTQIA+ community. He has written as a contributing author for Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling, as well as the soon to be published Grief Work in Addictions Counseling.

Learning Objectives

  • The participants will be able to summarize four factors that reflect the disproportionate rates of suicide and substance use disorder among LGBTQ youth. 
  • The participant will be able to describe three cultural and environmental predictors as well as stressors unique to this demographic. 
  • The participant will be able to describe the four mismatches between societal messages and gender roles that lead to suicide and substance use disorder.
Content Level


  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.

Polls and Q&A.


Receive 1.5 CEs for $25.

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

A Certificate of Completion for 1.5 CEs is available by participating in this specialty online training and passing an online CE quiz. Those who successfully complete the full series and pass all six CE quizzes for this six-part series will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Achievement for Adolescent Treatment and Recovery in the Addiction Profession. 

1. Upon completing the webinar, click on the “Online CE Quiz” link above in the grey box to complete the online evaluation survey and CE quiz, and get your CE certificate. This link will be made available after the webinar takes place. 
2. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.
3. Upon passing the CE quiz, your CE certificate will be immediately available to download in your NAADAC profile. Click here for detailed step-by-step instructions for accessing your CE quiz and CE Certificate.

Click here for a complete list of organizations who approve NAADAC to provide continuing education hours.
This webinar is eligible for ASWB ACE CE hours. Click here for NAADAC Social Worker certificate instructions. 
This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


Live closed captioning is available and the captioning capabilities are in compliance with the practices defined in Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. In addition, transcripts are available for on-demand webinars recorded on and after March 27, 2019.

Questions, comments, or concerns about NAADAC Education? Take a look at our Webinar FAQs or email NAADAC.

Click here to learn about system requirements for NAADAC Webinars.

This presentation is for individual use only and may not be reproduced without permission from NAADAC.