Cultural Humility Series, Part IV: Critical Issues in LGBTQIA Patient Care

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Recorded on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 

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LGBTQIA people are more likely to develop a substance use disorder (SUD), and transgender individuals are more likely to seek treatment than the general population (NIDA, 2017). These individuals often refuse treatment or leave against medical advice due to misgendering and discrimination. Effective SUD treatment not only requires sound clinical skills, but cultural knowledge and humility to address the needs of this population. This discussion provides information on gender and sexual minorities and issues they encounter in treatment, legal requirements of these facilities, and ethical policies that can be put in place to provide a safe, learning opportunity for these individuals to process and grow. This presentation will also provide instructions on critical factors to consider when creating safe, effective healing environments and relationships with LGBTQIA patients.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand appropriate terminology for working with gender and sexual minorities, such as gender, sex, and sexual orientation as it pertains to LGBTQIA patient care.
  • Recognize critical factors that affect and contribute to substance use among LGBTQIA populations.
  • Identify current laws and factors of care that bring a risk or provide support to patients in treatment.
  • Learn best practices to improve policies promoting safe and healthy environments for LGBTQIA patient care.

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Allison (Alli) Schad, LCSW, LCAS, SEP, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is a Wellness Consultant and former Director of Student Wellness at UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Schad is committed to culturally responsive care, advocacy, and improving systems of care in the fields of mental health, healthcare, and addiction treatment. She was a NAADAC Minority Fellow and UNC Prime Care Scholar. Her published work on LGBT tobacco use & cessation is used by Duke Cancer Institute and UNC School of Medicine in training Tobacco Treatment Specialists. Schad is a longtime LGBTQ+ activist with experience creating, leading, and serving LGBTQ+ organizations, support programs, and healthcare initiatives.

Peter Pennington, LPC, NCC, is the Regional Business Development Director for Mount Regis Center and Life Center of Galax, treating substance use disorders. Pennington received his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and has worked eight years in the substance use disorder treatment field, including family education programmer, director of admissions, and work in business development. He provides annual and new hire training on cultural diversity and co-facilitated policy changes for culturally sensitive patient care, such as working on bed placement for transgender clients. Pennington lives in Vinton, Virginia with his husband of eight years and adopted six year old twins and is a member of an LGBTQ+ softball team in Roanoke, VA.

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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.

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