Cultural Humility Series, Part I: Understanding SUD Disparities Among LGBTQIA People

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Recorded on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Recent studies indicate higher rates of substance use disorders (SUD) and smoking rates in LGBTQIA individuals as compared to heterosexuals. There are multiple theories that explain these disparities. This presentation will provide an overview of how minority stress theory plays a role in high SUD rates, as well as trace the historical sociological roots that impact substance use in LGBTQIA people.


At the end of the webinar presentation, presenter De’An Roper, PhD, LCSW-S, will be joined by Joe Amico, LADC, CAS, and Karl Bolton, LADAC II, for a live Panel Q&A discussion.
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will understand the historical roots and current issues LGBTQIA people face in today's wider social environment.
  • Participants will be able to identify the sociological complexities that potentially underpin disparities of SUDs among LGBTQIA people.
  • Participants will be able to explain minority stress theory and its relationship to LGBTQIA SUDs.

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De’An Roper, PhD, LCSW-S, is Co-chair for the NAADAC LGBTQIA Clinical Issues Sub-Committee. She is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas Arlington. Roper has more than 30 years of clinical experience as a leader, manager, and clinician working in program development and implementation in complex behavior change environments, including mental health and substance use treatment in criminal justice systems. Areas of expertise include program development, LGBTQIA cultural competence, and supervision and development of social work students and front-line social service teams. Roper’s research interests include sexual and gender minority health disparities, health risk behaviors, substance use disorders, mental health, and the intersection of technology and health behavior change.

Additional Panelists

Joe Amico, LADC, CAS, is an international speaker on LGBTQ+ addiction issues, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Addictions Specialist (Alcohol, other drugs, and sex addiction), radio talk show host and ordained United Church of Christ clergyperson. He is past president of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) and NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies. Amico currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Addiction Professional, Advisory Board for the New England Addiction Technology and Transfer Center, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services LGBTQ Advisory Board. Amico is currently the Pastor of Tabernacle Congregational Church (UCC) in Salem, MA.

Karl Bolton, LADAC II, has 10 years of experience working in the substance use disorder treatment field. Bolton is a member of NAADAC’s Clinical Issues Sub-Committee on LGBTQIA issues. In addition, he has over five years of experience working with individuals who seek treatment for co-occurring substance-related and mental health issues. Bolton is a trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) counselor and provides therapy to his clients that is adherent to full practice DBT. Additionally, he specializes in providing affordable aftercare to those who are transitioning from inpatient treatment to outpatient care.

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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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